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The Invention of Wings

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The Invention of Wings,  Sue Monk Kidd, book reviewWhat is the worst thing that you have ever received as a birthday present? Some dreadful knitwear that you have been obliged to wear when visiting the person who burdened you with it? Perhaps something dull or mundane or embarrassing which showed an utter misunderstanding of you as a person? Something ugly that you have had to put out on display to avoid hurting the feelings of the giver, despite hating it? Spare a thought then for Sarah Grimké. For her eleventh birthday, she received another person as her present, complete with a gaudy bow tied around her neck.

The year is 1803 and the place Charleston, South Carolina. Sarah is a younger daughter in the wealthy and prominent Grimké plantation family, a family that owns nearly twenty domestic slaves just to keep their elaborate household running.


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The Secret Life of Bees

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The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd, book reviewLily is a girl who has a special relationship with bees. In the hot, sticky South Carolina summer, she lays awake into the night to watch them crawl through a crack in her bedroom wall and dance around the room. Where most children would be scared of such an invasion, she finds it magical. One night, she is so struck by the wonder of this sight that she feels she will just burst if she doesn’t share it with someone; the only other someone in the house is her father, T Ray, who is decidedly unimpressed with being awoken. This does not really surprise Lily, for T Ray is a bitter man who is generally unimpressed with Lily herself. Aged fourteen, her mother has been dead for the past ten years, leaving her with just T Ray to live with and a surrogate mother in the help, Rosaleen.


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