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

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 2nd 2019 by Park Row
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Missy Block
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 and connected so deeply to Meredith and her Grandpa, that I couldn’t put the book down until I knew where their journey led them. While their personal story captured my heart, the plight of the honey bees gripped m ...more
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Bless The Bees & The Children . . . .

While there are many, many stories about individuals who feel they were "saved" by animals as children, due to a difficult childhood, it's unusual to find a story about being "saved" by insects. Actually, it was both bees and a caring grandfather that helped Meredith Mays deal with a mentally ill mother, divorced parents, and a grandmother who let it be known she did not want to be raising her grandchildren. Her grandfather, however, gave the author and h
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Mary
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful story of broken families and how they interact with one another. I truly enjoyed reading about Meredith May and her brother, Mom, Granny, Dad, and Grandpa (Grandpa) was her Step Grandpa.

Meredith was a young girl who was from a broken home and had many problems growing up without her dad. Dad lived n Rhode Island and when Mom and Dad broke up. Mom and the kids, Meredith and Matthew, went to live in California with Mom's Mom and her husband, who they called Grandpa but he
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Meredith May is the author of THE HONEY BUS (HarperCollins/Park Row April 2019), and I, WHO DID NOT DIE (Regan Arts 2017). She is a fifth-generation beekeeper with several hives in San Francisco. During her 16-year career at the San Francisco Chronicle, her writing won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a former professor of podcasting at M ...more