Meredith May, a fifth-generation beekeeper in San Francisco, delivers a powerful account of growing up in 1970s California. When her newly separated mother brought May and her brother from Rhode Island to the West Coast to live with her parents, bees were terrifying to the five-year-old. May was forced to grow up fast with an increasingly unstable and neglectful mother. But May bonded and found safety, first with her kind step-grandfather, and later with the bees he kept to produce his prized honey. Nicknamed “The Beekeeper of Big Sur” by his customers, he drove his retrofitted former military bus to tend to his 100 hives along the coast and provided May a fascinating education. It was through the honeybees, she writes, that “I learned to persevere.” May’s chronicle of overcoming obstacles and forging ahead is moving and thoughtful.
Meeting: Monday, July 26, from 8:00-8:45 p.m.
The Honey Bus is available in print, hoopla e-book and e-audiobook and OverDrive e-audiobook.