The Glass Castle meets H Is for Hawk in this extraordinary memoir about the author’s unusual childhood growing up in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper on the coast of Big Sur, and the lessons she learned from the bees. A real Secret Life of Bees, penned by a Pulitzer nominated journalist.  

 

Coming April 2, 2019 by HarperCollins/Park Row Books

 

REVIEWS

“Captivating and surprising…. If you’ve ever been stung by a bee you will instantly forget the venom and remember forever the sweetness and redemption bees offer in this extraordinary book.” —Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author of How To Be A Good Creature and The Soul of an Octopus

“The wounded feminine, the missing masculine, healed by a relationship with honeybees. 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

“If Meredith May’s book was simply an ethology of bees I would devour every word; her prose is tender, thoughtful and transporting. But The Honey Bus is so much more – a memoir of aching loneliness, reckoning and redemption. Beautiful and brave.” —Domenica Ruta, New York Times bestselling author of With or Without You: A Memoir

“The Honey Bus is a rare treat for true storytelling deeply rooted in science. Everyone will leave this book with much more knowledge about bees and humanity, and the compassion that lives at the intersection of the two. [A] captivating coming of age family story.” —Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D., author of The Bee: A Natural History

“To read about Meredith May’s bee family and her human family is to garner heart strength. A true story in every sense.” —Maxine Hong Kingston, bestselling author of The Woman Warrior

Author

Meredith May is an award-winning journalist and fifth-generation beekeeper.

Her memoir, THE HONEY BUS (coming April 2019), reveals the life lessons she learned in her grandfather’s Big Sur bee yard that rescued her from a difficult childhood. Published by HarperCollins/Park Row Books, the book will be 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 San Francisco, where she rows on the Bay and cares for several beehives in a community garden.

Contact

Publicity: Meredith Barnes at Meredith.Barnes@HarperCollins.com

Subsidiary Rights: Reka Rubin at Reka.Rubin@Harlequin.com

Literary Agent: Heather Karpas at ICM: hkarpas@icmpartners.com


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