Treasure Valley Reads project will explore “The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees” by Meredith May.
Our annual community-wide read introduces great literature to encourage critical thinking and social connections. After three years of male authors, we are pleased, for this 100th anniversary of women being able to vote in Idaho, to present a woman who grew strong after finding her way through a very challenging childhood. With themes of sociology, anthropology, environment, traditions, identity, and culture, The Honey Bus is an extraordinary, moving, and innovative memoir that received great reviews but is not well known. We aim to change that. The book expertly examines the human condition with themes of family dynamics, human nature, tradition, social relationships, societal structure, and more. The main setting is May’s grandparents’ property in Big Sur, California, weaving in a strong sense of place. This interdisciplinary project will present some science along with the various humanities areas we note. As author Noah Wilson-Rich, PhD noted, it is “A captivating coming of age family story…Everyone will leave this book with much more knowledge about bees and humanity and the compassion that lives at the intersection of the two.”
Programming will take place between February 10, and March 31, 2020. Another author who has a book on the project theme will speak at Timberline H.S. (students/teachers) and Boise State University (public) on February 19th. The featured author will present to the public on Saturday, March 28th. Programming will conclude on or before March 31, 2020.
Locations for this event will be in libraries across the Valley, Rediscovered Books, The Cabin, and other venues. We hope to have the featured author present at the Egyptian Theatre.