The Invention of Wings Book
Score: 4
From 194 Ratings

The Invention of Wings


  • Author : Sue Monk Kidd
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 373
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143121701

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The Invention of Wings Book Description :

"The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined"--Provided by publisher.

The Invention of Wings Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

The Invention of Wings


  • Author : Sue Monk Kidd
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2014-01-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698152427

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The Invention of Wings Book Description :

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees and the forthcoming novel The Book of Longings, a novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

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Summary of the Invention of Wings


  • Author : Sue Monk Kidd
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2016-05-05
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 30
  • ISBN 10 : 1533124469

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Summary of the Invention of Wings Book Description :

Summary of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd | Includes Analysis PLEASE NOTE: This is an unofficial summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread: * Summary of entire book * Introduction to the Important People in the book * Analysis of the Themes and Author's Style Preview of this Instaread: The Invention of Wings is a moving novel inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimké. The book is written from the points of view of the two main characters, Sarah and Handful. The story is told in alternating narratives and spans thirty-five years of their lives. Sarah is the daughter of John and Mary Grimké, members of high society in Charleston, South Carolina. At a young age, Sarah witnesses the whipping of a slave. This upsets her so much that it causes her to have a stuttering problem. This affliction comes and goes at different times. Handful is a ten-year- old slave girl who is given to Sarah on her eleventh birthday. Handful, who is the daughter of the seamstress, Charlotte, is to be Sarah's personal handmaiden. Sarah is against the practice of slavery and is horrified to be named the owner of Handful. She wants to give Handful back... About the Author With Instaread, you can get the summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, summarize and analyze it for your convenience.

The Mermaid Chair Book
Score: 3
From 95 Ratings

The Mermaid Chair


  • Author : Sue Monk Kidd
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006-03-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101201039

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The Mermaid Chair Book Description :

A transcendent tale of a woman's self-discovery—the New York Times–bestselling second work of fiction by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and the forthcoming novel The Book of Longings Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion. When Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to the island to cope with her eccentric mother’s seemingly inexplicable behavior, she is living a conventional life with her husband, Hugh, a life “molded to the smallest space possible.” Jessie loves Hugh, but once on the island, she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk about to take his final vows. Amid a rich community of unforgettable island women and the exotic beauty of marshlands, tidal creeks, and majestic egrets, Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, with a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right, and with the immutable force of home and marriage. Is the power of the mermaid chair only a myth? Or will it alter the course of Jessie’s life? What happens will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past, but most of all, it will allow Jessie to discover selfhood and a place of belonging as she explores the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic.

Wings of Madness Book
Score: 3
From 4 Ratings

Wings of Madness


  • Author : Paul Hoffman
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Aeronautics
  • Pages : 369
  • ISBN 10 : 9781841153681

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Wings of Madness Book Description :

"By the turn of the century, Santos-Dumont had moved to Paris. Soon, the dashing and impeccably dressed aeronaut was barhopping around the city in a one-man dirigible he invented, circling above crowds and crashing into rooftops. Eventually, he would join the world-wide competition to build the first true airplane. Once he succeeded, the press hailed him as the man who had conquered the air. (Because the Wright brothers worked in near secrecy, word of their first flights had not widely reached Europe when Santos-Dumon took to the skies.) His picture appeared on cigar boxes and dinner plates and he dined regularly with the Cartiers, the Rothschilds, and the Roosevelts, hosting "aerial dinners" in which his guests ate at an elevated table so they could imagine how it felt to be above the world." "But all would change after Santos-Dumont witnessed the destructive capacity of flying machines in World War I."--BOOK JACKET.

Traveling with Pomegranates Book
Score: 3
From 1,402 Ratings

Traveling with Pomegranates


  • Author : Sue Monk Kidd
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2009-09-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 1101144912

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Traveling with Pomegranates Book Description :

An introspective and beautiful dual memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and her daughter. Look out for Ann Kidd Taylor's new novel, The Shark Club, which will be published in June 2017. Sue Monk Kidd has touched millions of readers with her novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair and with her acclaimed nonfiction. In this intimate dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a fifty-something and a twenty-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other. Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France. Sue, coming to grips with aging, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her grown daughter, struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel. Ann, just graduated from college, heartbroken and benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life, grapples with a painful depression. As this modern-day Demeter and Persephone chronicle the richly symbolic and personal meaning of an array of inspiring figures and sites, they also each give voice to that most protean of connections: the bond of mother and daughter. A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds, spiritual growth, and renewal, Traveling with Pomegranates is both a revealing self-portrait by a beloved author and her daughter, a writer in the making, and a momentous story that will resonate with women everywhere.

The Book of Longings Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

The Book of Longings


  • Author : Sue Monk Kidd
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-04-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698408197

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The Book of Longings Book Description :

“An extraordinary novel . . . a triumph of insight and storytelling.” —Associated Press “A true masterpiece.” —Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything. Their marriage evolves with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Ana's pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to Rome's occupation of Israel, partially led by her brother, Judas. She is sustained by her fearless aunt Yaltha, who harbors a compelling secret. When Ana commits a brazen act that puts her in peril, she flees to Alexandria, where startling revelations and greater dangers unfold, and she finds refuge in unexpected surroundings. Ana determines her fate during a stunning convergence of events considered among the most impactful in human history. Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus's life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman's bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer

The Secret Life of Bees Book
Score: 4
From 451 Ratings

The Secret Life of Bees


  • Author : Sue Monk Kidd
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 317
  • ISBN 10 : 0142001740

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The Secret Life of Bees Book Description :

After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter Book
Score: 3.5
From 14 Ratings

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter


  • Author : Sue Monk Kidd
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2016-09-20
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061997969

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The Dance of the Dissident Daughter Book Description :

"A masterpiece of women’s wisdom."—Christiane Northrup, M.D. "The journey to capture her feminine soul and live authentically . . . makes a fascinating, well-researched and well-written story."—Publishers Weekly In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of its publication, a newly reissued edition of the bestselling author’s classic work of feminine spiritual discovery, with a new introduction by the author. "I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way. I was surprised, and, in fact, a little terrified, when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening."—Sue Monk Kidd For years, Sue Monk Kidd was a conventionally religious woman. Then, in the late 1980s, she experienced an unexpected awakening, and began a journey toward a feminine spirituality. With the exceptional storytelling skills that have helped make her name, Kidd tells her very personal story of the fear, anger, healing, and freedom she experienced on the path toward the wholeness that many women have lost in the church. From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore, to monastery retreats and to rituals in the caves of Crete, she reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness for all women—one that retains a meaningful connection with the "deep song of Christianity," embraces the sacredness of ordinary women’s experience, and has the power to transform in the most positive ways every fundamental relationship in a woman's life—her marriage, her career, and her religion.

The Invention of Everything Else Book
Score: 3.5
From 19 Ratings

The Invention of Everything Else


  • Author : Samantha Hunt
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 054708577X

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The Invention of Everything Else Book Description :

Brought together by a mutual fascination with pigeons, Louisa, a young chambermaid at the Hotel New Yorker, forms an unlikely friendship with the hotel's most famous and unusual resident, eccentric and pioneering inventor Nikola Tesla, during his final days. Reprint.