We have decided on Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd for discussion in January.
I just finished reading the book and enjoyed the story. The writer does a good job of drawing the reader into the emotions of the characters. There are parts of the story that will make you laugh out loud and parts that will make you sad. It's a story about child neglect, race, mental illness, motherly love, and romantic love. An interesting analogy was made between the life of bees and life of Lily Owens the main character.
Having read the book, I am ready to watch the movie now. Interestingly the real last name of Queen Latifah, who plays the role of August/the Queen Bee in the movie version, is Owens. She is Dana Owens.