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Journey with Meredith May through her remarkable childhood in Big Sur as she shares her memoir, The Honey Bus.
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About the Book
A girl’s journey into the heart of a beehive to find herself.
Meredith was five when her parents split and she suddenly found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric Big Sur beekeeper who made honey in an old military bus in the yard. As they bonded over the art of beekeeping, Meredith discovered that everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees.
Part memoir, part beekeeping odyssey, this is a story about finding home in the most unusual of places, and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life.
About the Author
Meredith May is an award-winning journalist and fifth-generation beekeeper.
Her memoir, THE HONEY BUS (HarperCollins/Park Row Books 2019) reveals the life lessons she learned in her grandfather’s Big Sur bee yard that rescued her from a difficult childhood. The book has been published in eighteen countries and translated into eleven languages.
Her 2017 book: I, WHO DID NOT DIE, tells the true story of an Iranian child soldier who risked his life to save an enemy during the Iran-Iraq War – an astonishing act of bravery and kindness that changed the course of both their lives.
During her sixteen-year career at the San Francisco Chronicle, her reporting won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, and first place feature writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press. Her series about an Iraqi boy wounded during the second Gulf War was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.
Meredith is a former professor of journalism and podcasting at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She lives in Carmel Valley where she spends her time writing, beekeeping, and volunteering for the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a scuba diver.
"Powerful... Moving and thoughtful."
"A fascinating and hopeful book of family, bees, and how 'even when [children] are overwhelmed with despair, nature has special ways to keep them safe.'"
"An innocent child's hard won journey to adulthood - clear eyed, often very funny, and agonizingly compassionate. The Honey Bus is all these things and more - so if you've ever been a lonely child, or want the world to become a kinder place, here is your book." -Laline Paull, author of The Bees