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

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It's safe to say that honey bees did save Meredith May's life. In idyllic Carmel Valley,Meredith longed to work with her beekeeper grandfather tending his hives and helping in the bee bus. First though, Meredith had to learn the ways of bees as a patient attentive helper. Meredith was immersed in the wonder of nature and nurture as she navigated rough times with her mother. This is a rich tapestry, deep in wisdom and beauty. --Marilyn

— From Marilyn

April 2019 Indie Next List

“I loved this perfect memoir so much that I read it twice and already know that it will be one of my favorites of the year. Meredith May learns to withstand pain, loss, and grief through the lessons her beloved grandfather teaches her. After her mother moves the family away from her father and shuts down emotionally, Grandpa shows May and her brother love, patience, and understanding using honeybees as an example of how to survive and thrive in a confusing world. I cannot wait to put this moving, emotionally compelling memoir into many hands this spring!”
— Diane Grumhaus, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest, IL


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 in the yard. That first close encounter was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May, and in that moment she discovered that everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees.

May turned to her grandfather and the art of beekeeping as an escape from her troubled reality. Her mother had receded into a volatile cycle of neurosis and despair and spent most days locked away in the bedroom. It was during this pivotal time in May's childhood that she learned to take care of herself, forged an unbreakable bond with her grandfather and opened her eyes to the magic and wisdom of nature.

The bees became a guiding force in May's life, teaching her about family and community, loyalty and survival and the unequivocal relationship between a mother and her child. Part memoir, part beekeeping odyssey, The Honey Bus is an unforgettable story about finding home in the most unusual of places, and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780778307785
ISBN-10: 0778307786
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Pages: 336
Language: English