“Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” Continues with ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Oct. 27

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The Secret Life of Bees

by Sue Monk Kidd

The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will continue with “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Walker Center room 151.

The discussion series is titled “Hope Amidst Hardship.” It is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

Beautifully written and set in a South Carolina town in 1964, this story is about Lily, a fourteen-year-old who has always known that she was the cause of her mother’s death. Raised by an uncaring father, the only love she finds is from the family’s African-American maid Rosaleen. When racial tensions result in Rosaleen’s imprisonment, Lily finds a way to rescue her and they set out together to escape their shared hardships.

At each session in the five-part series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Harbour Winn at (405) 208-5472, e-mailing him at hwinn@okcu.edu or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film & Literature at OCU, hopes the series will help participants find a “commonality of hope and perseverance.”

“Recognizing ourselves in others, even as we read of hardship, is a major reason we find reading enjoyable,” Winn said.  “Hardship comes in many varieties, and the books in this series offer varied examples but present a common theme: there is hope along the way. Sometimes this hope comes from deep within ourselves. Sometimes it comes from others in unexpected ways.”

Remaining dates and books in the series include:

Nov. 10 — “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom