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Book Discussion Reveals ‘Secret Life of Bees’

by Rod Jones

The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will continue with “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Walker Center room 151.

The discussion series is titled “Hope Amidst Hardship.” It is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. At each session in the five-part series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

“The Secret Life of Bees” is set in a South Carolina town in 1964 and is about Lily, a 14-year-old who has always feared that she was the cause of her mother’s death. Raised by an uncaring father, the only love she finds is from the family’s African-American maid Rosaleen. In this problematic novel about race and female power, Lily must journey to discover what family means and to find love.

Those who are interested in participating in the discussion are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Harbour Winn at 405-208-5472, e-mailing him at [email protected] or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film & Literature at OCU, hopes the series will help participants find a “commonality of hope and perseverance.”

“Recognizing ourselves in others, even as we read of hardship, is a major reason we find reading enjoyable,” Winn said. “Hardship comes in many varieties, and the books in this series offer varied examples but present a common theme: there is hope along the way. Sometimes this hope comes from deep within ourselves. Sometimes it comes from others in unexpected ways.”

The final book discussion in the series will be Nov. 10 on “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom.

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