The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees

An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature?s most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee. Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature?s most mysterious and beguiling creatures: th...

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Title:The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees
Author:Meredith May
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:The Honey Bus
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Apr 09, 2019
    When Meredith was 5, her parents separated and she moved with her mother and brother to her maternal grandparents' home. Her grandfather the beekeeper introduces her to the world of honeybees. It is a comforting, rural memoir and bees have great metaphor potential that the author utili...
  • Janis
    Feb 25, 2019
    May?s childhood was an unenviable one ? after her parents divorced, her unfit and dysfunctional mother brought May and her brother to live at the home of their uncaring grandmother. Thankfully, this ugly family cycle was broken by her step-grandfather, a kind and observant man who ...
  • Kelly
    Mar 23, 2019
    One of my favorite reads of 2019 so far. May's memoir is about growing up in a dysfunctional series of homes and how she came to find beekeeping a way of not only working through her familial challenges but also as a means of finding hope. When she was young, May's parents went thro...
  • Sharon
    Mar 06, 2019
    Five-year-old Meredith and three-year old Matthew are moved from the east coast and removed from the father whom they love by their unstable and unbalanced mother who takes the three of them to Big Sur on the West Coast and to her parents? home for a ?vacation.? It becomes appare...
  • Penelope
    Feb 17, 2019
    A powerful and inspiring book which is beautiful and utterly heartfelt. I haven't been so moved by a book in a long while and finished this with a lump in my throat. A wonderful story of bees, family, heartbreak and love. Utterly wonderful! ...
  • Sally Boocock
    Mar 02, 2019
    One of the most touching books I have ever read. It will stay with me for a long long time. As well as being biographical it is so informative about bees and how important they are to our survival. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Everyone should read it. ...
  • Mandy
    Mar 31, 2019
    Truly a beautiful and fascinating recollection of May's childhood. The memoir starts with my worst fear happening to Meredith - bees getting caught in my hair. I was pulled in right away, and was continuously gripped by her descriptions of time spent with honeybees and her grandfath...
  • Linden
    Mar 15, 2019
    Why do I keep gravitating to depressing dysfunctional childhood memoirs? Could someone please remind me to step away? This is the story of Meredith, whose parents divorced when she was a child, and her mother took her and her little brother to live in California with Granny and Grandpa...
  • Calvin
    Mar 04, 2019
    This is a gem of a book that I could not wait to get back to each time I had a few spare minutes. The writing is smooth in style, never jarring, tilting along maintaining interest in the central character and intriguing and informing in equal measure with wonderful 'life of bees' detai...
  • Linda
    Mar 13, 2019
    There is much to like about this memoir. The grandfather is such a wise and nurturing figure to two struggling children of recently divorced parents that his presence almost makes up for their dysfunctional mother and grandmother. The information shared about keeping bees and bee needs...
  • Janet
    Feb 10, 2019
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it. An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature?...
  • KC
    Feb 28, 2019
    This captivating memoir is part coming-of-age family drama and part intro to bees 101. After her parents divorce, five year-old Meredith, her mom and younger brother relocate from Rhode Island to California to live with her grandparents. While tiptoeing around her despondent yet volati...
  • Sharon
    Feb 28, 2019
    Beekeeping - what an interesting topic for a book. As a farmer, I understand the importance of bees in agriculture, but I learned so much from reading this book. The incredible social structure of a bee colony is enlightening in so many ways and perhaps should be a model for human soc...
  • Leslie Lindsay
    Mar 08, 2019
    A glowing, powerful memoir about one girl's courage to overcome her mother's dysfunction under the tutelage of her bee keeper grandfather. I was absolutely entranced by THE HONEY BUS (HarperCollins/Park Row April 3), which is a memoir at heart, but so much more. Meredith May is 5 w...
  • Kym Lucas
    Apr 15, 2019
    If the concept of being "saved" by bees seems odd to you, you need to read this book. The first memoir I've read about bees that adequately expressed how it feels to work with and begin to understand a small portion of their magic. ...
  • Diane Les
    Mar 11, 2019
    This is an absolutely lovely, tender memoir that captures the formative years of the author. We see May as a young girl, whose lessons in love are shown to her through the gentleness of her step-grandfather, and whose life lessons and wisdom she receives through the beautiful metaphor ...
  • Carolyn Stover
    Mar 25, 2019
    A beautiful memoir, about surviving, hope and bees. May's grandfather provides love and stability and a wealth of knowledge of bees. It's about moving ahead and appreciating what one has, not what's missing. I'll never look at a honey bee or appreciate the taste of honey again without ...
  • Mary
    Mar 06, 2019
    I am, more than a little bit, in awe of this extraordinary memoir. It is beautifully written, brutally honest, funny and heartbreaking. As the sub-title says, it is a memoir of loss, courage and a girl saved by (honey) bees. Meredith is five years old when her parents separate and h...
  • Missy
    Feb 26, 2019
    This is one of the best memoirs I've read. Meredith tells her story from the point of view of the healthy adult she has become. Thanks to the love of her grandfather, she was able to learn what family is supposed to be. And the story is full of fascinating facts about bees! They have ...
  • Mike Sumner
    Feb 18, 2019
    Everyone should read The Honey Bus, a parable for our time, a beautifully composed memoir of, for the most part, a young girl - Meredith May - who, with her younger brother Matthew, experiences the despair of a broken home, separated parents and a dysfunctional mother. Moved away from ...
  • Glen
    Apr 08, 2019
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. The memoir of a woman who, as a girl went to live with her grandparents when her parents split up. Her grandfather was a bee keeper, and kept hives in an old abandoned bus. Keeping bees teach her life lessons. A look at a life that could be...
  • Andrea Palmer
    Apr 23, 2019
    Wow! This book was the best kind of read. It was really engaging and told the author's personal story, but it also had a ton of surprising facts about honeybee. I learned a lot, and it was the best book I've read so far this year. ...
  • Ginni Brinkley
    Feb 24, 2019
    Thank you to Harlequin UK, Meredith May and Netgalley for the ARC in return for an unbiased review. I probably wouldn?t have come across The Honey Bus without an email from Netgalley, but I?m so glad I did. Meredith and Matthew?s parents broke up messily, and their mother took...
  • Michael Cayley
    Mar 07, 2019
    This is a cross between a memoir of a difficult childhood and a hymn to the honeybee. Meredith and her brother Matthew come to California with their unstable mother following the breakup of their parents? marriage, to stay with grandparents. Grandfather is a passionate beekeeper, ...
  • Jess
    Jan 27, 2019
    The Honey Bus could be called the Beloved or the Dear Bus and I wouldn't have batted a lash for how deep Meredith May delves into what it is to be loved (or not loved) and what it is to take sanctuary in loving (bees, honey, work). This is a perfectly-paced, gorgeous memoir, and ...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Mar 15, 2019
    Thank you to HARLEQUIN-Trade Publishing-Park Row for providing an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This is a wonderful book about a girl growing up in the seventies amidst family upheaval and discord. As the book begins, Meredith and her little brother Matt are living in Rhode Isl...
  • Kendall
    Jan 20, 2019
    I usually never gravitate towards reading memoirs but something hit home when I saw this cover and was intrigued. I can tell you... I felt so at home in my heart and soul through this book! I'm so glad that I took a chance on this book because it truly was a beautifully written ...
  • Lel Budge
    Apr 28, 2019
    This is a lovely piece of modern classic fiction, the tale of young Meredith and her brother who move to stay with the grandparents after their parents marriage breaks down. Their mother is troubled and Meredith finds comfort with her grandfather and his beloved bees. This is als...
  • Shirley Cagle
    Jan 11, 2019
    I simply could not put this book down. The juxtaposition of the two small children effectively abandoned by their parents and the caring, patient step-grandfather was in turns jarring and joyous. The twining of beekeeping tidbits and the step-grandfather?s love into the story of Mere...
  • Missy Block
    Nov 16, 2018
    A beautifully written memoir about Meredith, a child that not only learns to survive a dysfunctional mother, but learns thru the eloquent life of bees and the wisdom of her beekeeping grandfather how to navigate beyond the circumstances she was given. I fell into this book on page one ...