Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

by Rupi Kaur
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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449474256
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 52
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rupi Kaur is a poet, artist, and performer. Her works have taken the literary world by storm. Her second book, the sun and her flowers—an instant global bestseller, is an artistic sibling to her debut, milk and honey—one of America's bestselling books of 2017.

“i am the product of all the ancestors getting together and deciding these stories need to be told.”

Rupi sees her work as an articulation of this vision. She’s an eternal artist. At the age of five, her mother handed her a paintbrush and said, “draw your heart out.” At seventeen, she happened upon a local open mic night where she performed her first spoken word poem. She fell in love with performance poetry that night. Rupi continued performing across Canada, while building a community of readers and poetry enthusiasts. While studying at the University of Waterloo, Rupi wrote, illustrated, and self-published her first collection, milk and honey. In the years since, milk and honey has become an international phenomenon. It’s sold over 3 million copies, been translated into more than 35 languages, and landed as a #1 New York Times bestseller—where it has spent more than 100 consecutive weeks. 

“i am the first woman in my lineage with freedom of choice. to craft her future whichever way i choose. say what is on my mind when i want to. without the whip of the lash. there are hundreds of firsts i am thankful for.”

Rupi explores a variety of themes in her work ranging from love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration, and revolution. She’s a storyteller and chronicler—a repository of community and history. There’s a simplicity and nuance to her work that has found a home in the hearts of millions. This magic is captured in her stage performances, which are magnetic musical interactions of poetry, art, and theater. Rupi's long-awaited second collection, the sun and her flowers, was published in 2017 and debuted as a #1 global bestseller. Within the first three months it sold a million copies and was embraced by readers worldwide. She’s a Forbes 30 under 30, an editor of the 2016 Mays Literary Anthology of New Writing from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and one of BBC’s 100 Women. Rupi hopes to continue her artistic exploration through art and poetry—searching for ways to understand and articulate.

i stand
on the sacrifices
of a million women before me thinking
what can i do
to make this mountain taller so the women after me
can see farther 
- legacy 


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milk and honey 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! When I saw the reviews before getting it I thought some people were exaggerating but no, it is actually that good. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reaches into the intellectual, emotional and spiritual reaches of one's life. Impossible to remain unmoved
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This booked touched me. It was a wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a nice book. Reminds me of this one: Check out that one as well. Nice story of phases and all.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
OMG I feel that all things womanhood are validated. The struggle, the heartbreak, the beauty, THE STRENGTH. I loved every...single...word. My favorite quote: “if you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of sincerity whether describing the highs or lows of life. It left me feeling hopeful and optimistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
utterly unoriginal treatment of very common ideas—grade-school level poetry, seriously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sends a reminder to us all to be loving of everyone and to be grateful for the small things in life. It reminds people that pain will always be in your life, but so will happiness. I was moved throughout the book and will definitely give this book a reread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to everyone, especial someone young because they can reflect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was going through a dark time, this book knew how I felt. Knew what I wanted to say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Accurate description of true feelings
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Anonymous 29 days ago
I've heard praise for the wisdom of Rupi's work, how relatable and simple it is. It's relatable because it's basic. The poems are obvious sentiment written in lowercase typewriter font to seem understated. The poems pander to people who need to prove how aware they are of the beautiful failings of an imperfect world. This isn't poetry. These are concepts of poetry. These are basic feelings, that real poets can turn into something more than a statement. Don't spend money on this book. Tumblr poetry is free, and it's just as substantial.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Can’t articulate how great this was to read and how close to home it hits. Please read
Anonymous 5 months ago
Anonymous 5 months ago
This book is a journey, it takes you trough so many emotions and makes you feel so many amazing feelings. I would highly recommend it
Anonymous 7 months ago
Its educational
Anonymous 8 months ago
I'm in love
TheMissCharley 9 months ago
The only other books of poetry I've read in my 18 years of life have been "Love That Dog" by Sharon Creech and "Out of the Dust" by Karen Hesse. milk and honey will definitely not be my last book of poetry, especially from Rupi Kaur. The anthology of poems covers heavy topics that need to be talked about in today's society but often find themselves brushed under the rug. Rupi Kaur painstakingly pens the topics into permanent being with various structures of poems and drawings. The words bring light to Kaur's (and many others') traumatic events, and the drawings bring these events to life for readers. I never experienced anything mentioned in Kaur's writings, but I felt the pain and healing deeply. This masterpiece needs to be read by every person on this earth and shared through every reader to their friends.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I heard a lot about this book... both positive and negative. I was debating on reading this book and decided to go for it. I read it in one sitting. This a good time to read this book because so much of what the author was talking about is occurring as we speak. It was a good story and I related to it in some parts. I’m not gonna tell you whether to read this book or not. You be the judge and at the end of the day it’s what you take away from it.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Its so relatable
Anonymous 10 months ago
themendingpoet 11 months ago
I believe in fate. And I believe I was meant to find ‘Milk and Honey’ when I did. It was the first book I had picked up in many years. A book that I found walking through a local bookstore. I caught a glimpse of the cover and thought I’d take it home since it looked like an easy read. During that time there was a lot going on in my personal life and a lot of healing needing to take place. Rupi covered a lot of the areas in which I needed it. I was in tears during the car ride home reading: “it is your blood in my veins tell me how i’m supposed to forget” (page 14) After that, there were more tears to come as I resonated with each poem. I loved that she spoke on the mistreatment of our women; the abuse and demeaning of our bodies, the unappreciative nature of the voices we carry. Coming from a culture where the men make the money and the women care for the home and the children, I understand what it looks like when men think they carry more power than they do. I understand what it looks like when the opinions of a woman doesn’t matter because they are considered less than. Rupi divides her book into four sections. Pages 14, 15, 19, 26, 35, 37 and 39 in ‘the hurting’, haunted me for days. Pages 49, 57, 64 and 75 in ‘the loving’, taught me that love is a form of art. Pages 83, 95, 109, 121, 140 and 141 in ‘the breaking’, is the awakening of the heartbreak love sometimes brings. Pages 153, 155, 169, 179, 181 in ‘the healing’, wraps its arms around you and reminds you not only to see the world more beautifully but also yourself and those around you. She opened my eyes to a fresh style of poetry. And I was inspired by how she captivated me only using poetry a few lines long. I was intrigued by her choice to use lower case letters and no punctuation. Once I began to watch interviews, I understood and loved her even more for going against the grain. I watched her perform and in that moment, knew there was no one I looked up to more than her. She paved the way for not only modern poets, but to all women in general, to speak up and talk about the hard stuff. Whenever I am having difficulty writing, I remind myself of her courage to speak her truth and become able to speak my own.