Interesting Coincidence

Without Googling, can you tell me the common theme between these three books.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Devil On My Heels by Joyce McDonald

Tobacco Sticks by William Eliott Hazelgrove

Interestingly enough, I picked them at random from the library within the last two weeks. I did not read the blurbs as I had the kids and had to rely on the “grab and hope” method. Each of the book focuses on segregation. So far, my favorite has been The Secret Life of Bees, but I have yet to finish the third and it is compelling in its own way. I would like to note that I had avoided TSLofB because I had read the author’s other book The Mermaid Chair and found it insipid. I guess that and many other reasons are why I am not a critic.


#1 JanetLee on 08.23.06 at 5:12 pm

Heather – I grabbed up Jason’s advance copy of The Mermaid Chair before he even got a chance to review it. And tossed it aside half read, not even caring enough about the characters to continue. I’m glad I read Bees first. It was perfection.

#2 Margo on 08.23.06 at 6:31 pm

Ok. Call me weird, (It’s ok, really, people call me weird all the time) but I liked The Mermaid Chair. It was a bit over the top, but not a bad book. 🙂

#3 joan on 08.25.06 at 3:01 am

I loved Bees as well and couldn’t make myself care about the Mermaid Chair.

#4 Hilary on 08.26.06 at 12:23 am

I loved the Secret Lives of Bees. Such interesting imagery, and a beautiful descriptive writing style.

#5 Sonia on 08.26.06 at 1:10 pm

I really want to read the secret life of Bees. I’ll have to pick it up soon. Everyone says it’s a good book.

grrr…ok, 3rd time’s the charm. Either i’m going blind…or blogger is making these word verifications much more difficult to read!

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