• New York Times Bestselling Author
• Oprah’s Book Club Author of The Invention of Wings
• Collaborative Author with Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, OSU Tulsa
Sue Monk Kidd was reared in tiny Sylvester, Georgia, a place that deeply influenced the writing of her wildly successful first novel, The Secret Life of Bees. It spent 2 1/2 years on the New York Times bestseller list, was translated into 36 languages, and sold more than 8 million copies worldwide. The book is taught in classrooms from middle school through college and was adapted into an award-winning film. Her other novels, The Mermaid Chair and The Invention of Wings, were also bestsellers. Kidd was nominee from the prestigious Orange Award for Fiction that celebrates women authors worldwide.
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The Tulsa City-County Library suggests the following titles as complimentary reading selections for this season’s speakers. All titles are available at the library. Visit www.tulsalibrary.org to access our catalog.
SUE MONK KIDD “THE WRITING OF LIFE”
In addition to Kidd’s novels and nonfiction, try these books to learn more about the historical events in her latest novel The Invention of Wings.
America’s Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March toward Civil War by Joseph Kelly (2013). An account of the two hundred-year practice of slavery in Charleston examines its hotly contested debates and early slave rebellions through the Nullification crisis and the secession that sparked the Civil War.
Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s Rights in Nineteenth-Century America by Carol Faulkner (2011). Lucretia Coffin Mott was one of the most famous and controversial women in nineteenth-century America. She was viewed in her time as a dominant figure in the dual struggles for racial and sexual equality. History has often depicted her as a gentle Quaker lady and a mother figure, but her outspoken challenges to authority riled ministers, journalists, politicians, urban mobs, and her fellow Quakers.
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz (2011). The electrifying tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to bloody war.