Meredith May

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The Honey Bus

book | Non-Fiction | Mar 2019
US & Canada → Park Row Books (Ed. Erika Imranyi)
UK & Comm → Harlequin Books (Ed. Lisa Milton)

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of a Girl Saved By Bees is about a girl’s journey into the heart of a beehive to find herself.

When Meredith May is abandoned by both parents, she ends up learning life lessons about family, generosity and resilience from a rather unexpected source: the honeybees her grandfather keeps in Big Sur.

In a converted WWII military bus marooned in the backyard, Grandpa shows her the nuances of harvesting honey while the bees become a guiding force in her life, bonding her to the natural world and modelling a successful community that thrives on industry, democratic decision-making and loyalty.

The exquisite relationship between insect and girl becomes a sanctuary from her lonely childhood, but when her increasingly despondent mother turns violent, she must leave her grandfather’s side and strike out alone with only his hive lessons to help her.


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Los Libros del Lince

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

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

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

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

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 agonisingly 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

Chosen as one of the five best nonfiction books coming out in April

A terrific debut memoir.

Caroline Sanderson
The Bookseller

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."

Full Review

Journalist May (coauthor, I, Who Did Not Die), a fifth-generation beekeeper in San Francisco, delivers a powerful account of growing up in 1970s California... [Her] chronicle of overcoming obstacles and forging ahead is moving and thoughtful.

Publishers Weekly
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I loved this perfect memoir so much that I read it twice and already know that it will be one of my favorites of the year. Meredith May learns to withstand pain, loss, and grief through the lessons her beloved grandfather teaches her... I cannot wait to put this moving, emotionally compelling memoir into many hands this spring!

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