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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date February 1, 2003
Pages 320
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780142001745
ISBN-10 0142001740
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
After her 'stand-in mother,' a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens, whose life has been defined by the tragic death of her mother, joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters who show them the true meaning of love and family. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The multi-million bestselling novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780670032372 Book cover for 9780670894604 Book cover for 9780786243068
 
from Viking Pr (October 1, 2002)
9780670032372 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $24.95
About: After her 'stand-in mother,' a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (July 1, 2002)
9780786243068 | details & prices | 474 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $29.95
About: After her 'stand-in mother,' a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, beekeeping sisters.
from Viking Pr (January 1, 2002)
9780670894604 | details & prices | 301 pages | 6.00 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $24.95
About: After her 'stand-in mother,' a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
Paperback
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With Sue Monk Kidd | Reprint edition from Penguin USA (August 26, 2008)
9780143114550 | details & prices | 302 pages | 5.50 × 7.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $17.00
This edition also contains Secret Life of Bees, The Secret Life of Bees
About: Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, a heartwarming coming of age tale set in 1960s South Carolina, a multi-million copy New York Times bestseller, now an award-winning film starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia KeysFans of  Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and Beth Hoffman’s Saving CeeCee Honeycutt will love Sue Monk Kidd’s Southern coming of age tale.
from Penguin USA (September 6, 2005)
9780143036401 | details & prices | 302 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $17.00
About: After her 'stand-in mother,' a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Penguin USA (February 1, 2003)
9780142001745 | details & prices | 320 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $16.00
About: After her 'stand-in mother,' a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
Miscellaneous
With Sue Monk Kidd | from Penguin USA (January 28, 2003)
9781429580533 | details & prices | 336 pages | List price $12.99
This edition also contains Secret Life of Bees, The Secret Life of Bees
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780143145554 Book cover for 9781565115392 Book cover for 9781598879186
 
With Jenna Lamia (other contributor), Sue Monk Kidd | Unabridged edition from Penguin/Highbridge (February 18, 2010)
9780143145554 | details & prices | 10 pages | 5.00 × 5.75 × 1.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $34.95
This edition also contains Secret Life of Bees, The Secret Life of Bees
About: Unabridged CDs, 8 CDs, 10 hours Read by Jenna Lamia Now a major motion picture starring Queen Latifa, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Sophie Okonedo.
With Jenna Lamia (other contributor), Sue Monk Kidd | Unabridged edition from Highbridge Co (May 6, 2009)
9781598879186 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $14.99
This edition also contains Secret Life of Bees, The Secret Life of Bees
About: Fourteen-year-old Lily Owens lost her beloved mother when she was only four—under tragic circumstances clouded by time and secrecy.
With Jenna Lamia (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Highbridge Co (November 8, 2001)
9781565115392 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $34.95
About: After her 'stand-in mother,' a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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Unabridged edition from Books on Tape (December 1, 2002)
9780736685559 | details & prices | List price $72.00
About: Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice.
With Jenna Lamia (other contributor) | Abridged edition from Highbridge Co (November 8, 2001); titled "Secret Life of Bees"
9781565115385 | details & prices | 4.50 × 5.25 × 2.15 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $34.95
About: After her 'stand-in mother,' a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
Reinforced
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With Sue Monk Kidd | from Demco Media (February 1, 2003); titled "Secret Life of Bees"
9780606276221 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $23.46
About: After her 'stand-in mother,' a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781435233218
 
With Sue Monk Kidd | Reprint edition from Paw Prints (April 11, 2008)
9781435233218 | details & prices | 302 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $24.95
This edition also contains Secret Life of Bees, The Secret Life of Bees

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