January Book Club: Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh

For January, we will be discussing "Telling the Bees." To help guide our discussion of the book, please bring at least one quote from the book that you would like to share/discuss, or a question. This way, we have many different perspectives to guide our chat about the book :)

Please bring suggestions for a book that you would like us to read in March. After our January meeting, I will put the suggestions onto a poll, and whichever book has the most votes by our February meeting will be March's book.

If you find that you can no longer attend once you have replied that you would, please kindly take a moment to change your RVSP to "No." Happy Reading! 

Please note: the address that Panera has provided (776 Route 35) is not accurate with all GPS devices. We will be meeting at Panera Bread, which is on Route 35 South in the Stop&Shop and Kohls' shopping center. 

Telling the Bees

Albert Honig’s most constant companions have always been his bees. A never-married octogenarian, he makes a modest living as a beekeeper, as his father and his father’s father did before him. Deeply acquainted with the workings of the hives, Albert is less versed in the ways of people, especially his friend Claire, whose presence and absence in his life have never been reconciled.

When Claire is killed in a seemingly senseless accident during a burglary gone wrong, Albert is haunted by the loss, and by the secrets and silence that hovered between them for so long. As he pieces together the memories of their shared history, he will come to learn the painful truths about Claire’s life, and the redemptive power of laying the past to rest.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    The bees probably thought he was annoying, too.

    1 · January 30, 2014

    • Barbara

      Haha! That's great Christine!! I'm sure they did! Another classic comment :)

      1 · January 31, 2014

  • Barbara

    Sorry I could not make it last night,but I hope everyone who couldn't make it is feeling better and those who did make it enjoyed their evening! I personally did not like the book, there was way too much bee information, Albert was so pompous yet I found his life to be sad and pathetic...and Claire probably felt the same way about him.

    1 · January 30, 2014

    • Debbie

      Oh no it's not just you. And age has a way of making you feel better about things like that. Especially with facebook you can see how some of the guys you thought were so hot did not turn out that way at all!

      1 · January 31, 2014

    • Barbara

      "If he could have mated with bees he would have." That's hilarious!! I've been home sick all day and that comment gave me a much-needed laugh!! Classic :)

      1 · January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Only four of us showed up. Had a nice discussion .

    January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I missed last night. Long, exhausting day at work. And then, I read all the cancellations and decided to stay in my cozy, warm chair.
    I really enjoyed the book, but didn't like the main character. A weird old guy who seemed to only be able to relate to bees, which would be fine if he wasn't so judgmental.

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Robyn

    Sorry I could not make it tonight . I got stuck at work . Backed up from days off last week from the snow .

    January 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to cancel too. The roads leading out of my neighborhood are icy deathtraps. After skidding for the third time I just turned around and came back home

    January 29, 2014

  • Debbie

    Missing tonight, not feeling up to snuff.

    January 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to miss this discussion, I really enjoyed Telling the Bees, will try to meet you next month.

    January 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can I also pay the $4 dues in Feb?

      January 27, 2014

    • Barbara

      Hi Nona, Sorry you can't make the discussion but glad you liked the book! Sure, you can pay in February. Hope you can join us then!

      January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry! I'm going to be in South Carolina then. See you all at February's!

    January 24, 2014

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