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Sue Monk Kidd

Autor(a) de The Secret Life of Bees

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About the Author

Sue Monk Kidd was born in Sylvester, Georgia on August 12, 1948. She received a B.S. in nursing from Texas Christian University in 1970 and worked throughout her twenties as a registered nurse and college nursing instructor. She got her start in writing at the age of 30 when a personal essay she mostrar mais wrote for a writing class was published in Guideposts and reprinted in Reader's Digest. She went on to become a contributing editor at Guideposts and a freelancer. She primarily writes non-fiction, but is best known for her novel, The Secret Life of Bees, which won the 2004 Book Sense Paperback book of the Year. The book was made into a movie in 2008. Her other works include God's Joyful Surprise, When the Heart Waits, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, Firstlight, and Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story. The Mermaid Chair won the 2005 Quill Award for General Fiction and was adapted into a television movie by Lifetime. Sue's title, The Invention of Wings, was selected as the Oprah Book Club 2.0 read in January, 2014. This title also made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras de Sue Monk Kidd

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New Seeds of Contemplation (1961) — Introdução, algumas edições2,198 cópias
The Secret Life of Bees [2008 film] (2002) — Original book — 150 cópias
Hungry Hearts: Essays on Courage, Desire, and Belonging (2021) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Második esély (2005) 1 exemplar(es)


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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Albany, Georgia, USA
Locais de residência
Sylvester, Georgia, USA
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Florida, USA
Texas Christian University(B.S. ∙ 1970)
Emory University
short story writer
Taylor, Ann Kidd (daughter)
William Morris Agency
Pequena biografia
Sue Monk Kidd was born in Albany, Georgia and raised in the tiny town of Sylvester, Georgia, a place that later deeply influenced the writing of her first novel. Her original career was as a nurse and nursing instructor. Her first published book was God's Joyful Surprise (1988), a spiritual memoir. In 1996, she published another memoir, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, which had a groundbreaking effect within religious circles.
In her 40s, she decided to return to her earlier fiction writing, and enrolled in a graduate writing course at Emory University, as well as studying at Sewanee, Bread Loaf and other writers' conferences. She wrote and published short stories in small literary journals for which she won several awards. Her first novel The Secret Life of Bees (2002) became a major hit, selling more than 6 million copies and spending more than 2½ years on the New York Times bestseller list. It was also published in 35 countries and is now widely used as a text in high school and college classrooms. The Secret Life of Bees was produced on stage in New York by The American Place Theater and adapted into a movie in 2008.
Sue's second novel, The Mermaid Chair (2005) sold nearly 2 million copies and was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It has been translated into 24 languages and was produced as a television movie by Lifetime.



The only thing that keeps me from giving this book 5 stars is that I thought the ending felt rushed. Other than that, this book was wonderful. There's even quite a few little tidbits of wisdom from August throughout the pages that are worth remembering.
thatnerd | outras 586 resenhas | Mar 2, 2024 |
From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drug store to monastery retreats and rituals in the caves of Crete, Kid takes readers through the fear, anger, healing, and transformation of her reawakening.
PendleHillLibrary | outras 19 resenhas | Feb 22, 2024 |
When I complete the physical act of reading a book that I am not ready to mentally shut the cover on, I usually allow it to continue to simmer and bubble up in my thoughts for a period of time. A few hours, a day, sometimes longer. When that happens, I wait to start reading my next book. The Book of Longings has been simmering in me since I finished yesterday afternoon, and it is not finished. If I were not facing another week of long working hours, I would have let it simmer longer — caramelize — before I wrote a review.

The story is narrated by Ana, future, present, and widowed wife of Jesus, son of Joseph of Nazareth. As with all good historical fiction, the story is plausible because embroidered into the details are the familiar events of the New Testament stories, but also because it offers a plausible scenario in which she would not have appeared in the writings of the Apostles. Because of that latter element, I did not have to suspend disbelief to become immersed in Ana’s story, which I sometimes struggle with in a lesser work of historical fiction.

No spoilers here; just my general observations on the fine writing and compelling story. Ana certainly became a voice in my world in Sue Monk Kidd’s well-told tale.
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bschweiger | outras 56 resenhas | Feb 4, 2024 |
Engaging. Two women of the Grimke household, one a slave, the other a daughter, each with their own chapters side by side from childhoold to adulthood and narrating the progression to abolitionist status for Sarah Grimke and her sister Angelina, among the earliest femaile abolitionists and first feminists. The fictional Handful/Hetty has her own narrative of life in the Grimke household, with lots of dangerous adventures culminating in a final escape.
I don't think the author's prose in this book was up to t other of her books, nonetheless it was absorbing and a page turner though quite distressing to read as the barbarism and cruelty of the treatment of slaves was laid out wihtout any sweetening -- at least I hope so.… (mais)
amaraki | outras 318 resenhas | Jan 28, 2024 |



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