First Edition Points and Criteria for The Secret Life of Bees

Year Published: 2002
Author Last Name: Kidd
Author First Name: Sue Monk
Publisher: Viking
Original Price: $24.95
Pages: 302

First published in 2002 by Viking Penguin is stated on the copyright page with full numberline 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and ISBN 0-670-89460-5. Boards are yellow with gold lettering on orange paper covered spine. Dust jacket lacks Good Morning America "Read This" logo. Ten reviews on the dust jacket back - Anita Shreve, Anne Rivers Siddons, Luanne Rice, Josephine Humphreys, Connie May Fowler, Christina Schwarz, Ursula Hegi, Joanna Trollope, Shelby Hearon, and Susan Isaacs.

Note: The Good Morning America edition also states First published in 2002 by Viking Penguin, and has the same full number line as the true first edition. But it has a different ISBN - 0-670-03237-9 on the copyright page.

Picture of the 2002 first edition dust jacket for The Secret Life of Bees.
Picture of the 2002 first edition dust jacket for The Secret Life of Bees.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Secret Life of Bees.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Secret Life of Bees.

Picture of dust jacket where original $24.95 price is found for The Secret Life of Bees.
Picture of dust jacket where original $24.95 price is found for The Secret Life of Bees.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Secret Life of Bees.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Secret Life of Bees.

Picture of the first edition Viking boards for The Secret Life of Bees.
Picture of the first edition Viking boards for The Secret Life of Bees.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Secret Life of Bees.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Secret Life of Bees.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Secret Life of Bees.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Secret Life of Bees.

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