Monday, February 3, 2014

Not the Secret Lives of Bees, but Much More

The Invention of WingsThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really wanted to rate this audiobook a 4.5.  It is a compelling story of several women  and how they eventually break from very stringent Charleston convention and laws that upheld slavery and  bridled women.   It is based upon a true story of very early abolitionist /feminist. Kidd did much research and kept this quote on her desk during the process: "History is not just facts and events.  History is also a pain in the  heart.   We repeat history until we are able to make another's pain in the heart our own."

This is a different type of offering for Kidd, so if you think you are going to get another "Secret Lives of Bees" you aren't. Still, if you had the heart to love that book, please read this one and remind yourself, or find out, how we even got to the sixties, and where we are going now. It is huge that we are finally finding the strength to tell and hear these difficult stories. As much as I wish that slavery and the lack of women's rights were not a part of our history, they are. It is important that we look back, so that we can continue to move forward.


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