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Cuesta College Book of the Year: 2020: Home

The 2020 BOTY Selection: The Honey Bus by Meredith May


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Book of the Year 2020


Cuesta College’s 2020 Book of the Year program will bring award-winning journalist Meredith May to Cuesta College in April of 2020, to discuss her memoir The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees. Part memoir, part bee-keeping odyssey, Honey Bus is a story about finding home in the most unusual of places, and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life

About the Author

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

Her memoir, The Honey Bus, reveals the life lessons she learned in her grandfather's Big Sur bee yard that rescued her from a difficult childhood. 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. 

Book Club Kit

Click the Book Club Kit link below to access resources for your Honey Bus book club, including questions for discussion and a conversation with the author 

Additional Resources