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Brilliantly written and genre defying, The Beekeeper’s Lament is a book that stays with you long after you reach the back cover. Hannah Nordhaus’s decorated journalistic background will come as no surprise to readers who find themselves absorbing careful research couched within well written and occasionally comic prose. While honey bees shine as main characters, their story is not told in a vacuum. Instead, Ms. Nordhaus tells the story of honey bees within the greater story of their ecosystem… we learn about the bees in such varied settings as the clover and alfalfa fields of North Dakota, the blueberries of Maine, almond trees of California, and winter storage destinations including Texas and Florida.
As the honey bees travel from one destination to another, they face real life challenges worthy of an adventure novel. Perilous interstate travel, unpredictable weather, pesticide exposure, the economic and nutritional tightrope between corn syrup and honey, ants, mites, CCD or Colony Collapse Disorder, and of course PPB… Piss-Poor Beekeeping. 😉
Beekeeping. The story of the honey bees would be woefully incomplete without the stories of their keepers. In The Beekeeper’s Lament, Ms. Nordhaus gifts her readers with a comedic cross section of stories told by beekeeper. These stories range from accounts of beekeeping conventions to the recovery of stolen beehives to the rise and fall of a particularly inventive drug runner who kept his contraband hidden inside of active beehives. The real hero of the story, as the reader will soon discover, is John Miller, the beekeeper and email poet who opened his life to Hannah Nordhaus and his story to each of us.
In the quest to educate ourselves about where our food comes from and how it was produced, The Beekeeper’s Lament is a valuable tool. This book will shape the way you think about the familiar buzzing sounds of summer.
**Thank you to The Wandering Abode and The Book Cat, who have offered guest posts in exchange for copies of Paper or Plastic!**