The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees (Paperback)
What happens when a young girl moves to CA with her younger brother and broken mother who's no longer able to manage her marriage and take care of herself and her children? In The Honey Bus, that young girl (Meredith May) finds solace in the only grownup who doesn't dismiss her -- her grandfather -- and the hobby that defines him -- beekeeping. This heartbreaking, heartwarming and heart-winning memoir kept me "buzzing" from beginning to end with its deep dives into human emotions, soothed and healed by the meditative rhythms of miraculous honeybees in their protective, harmonious colonies.— From Bonnie recommends
An unforgettable story about finding home in the most unusual of places, and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life. 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. 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. The bees became a guiding force in May's life, teaching her about family and survival, and it was during this pivotal time in May's childhood that she learned to take care of herself. Part family story, part beekeeping odyssey, The Honey Bus is a rich and lyrical memoir of a girl who journeyed into the hive--and found herself.