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A Recipe for Bees: A Novel

A Recipe for Bees: A Novel

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by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

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Gail Anderson-Dargatz's evocative novel of one woman's simple but passionately lived life reminds of us of the pleasure to be found in human contact and simple, natural things.

Raised by her silent but companionable father and a mother who kept bees, headstrong Augusta marries shy, deferential Karl, twelve years her senior, and goes to live with him on his father

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A Recipe for Bees: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MrsO More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down.  Read it at bedtime, during commercials, and while waiting for an appointment.  Loved the strong character of Augusta.  And I learned alot about beekeeping!  A lovely story. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books like this are why I read!! Augusta's life was so real and her story was so tenderly told. So well told that I couldn't put it down. I was drawn to this book because I'm a beekeeper and the bee lore was interesting. But I kept reading because I wanted to know more about Augusta and Karl and how Augusta persevered and found happiness in a sometimes difficult life. The ending was satisfying and I didn't need a box of tissues!! I highly recommend this book for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read
Anonymous 4 months ago
Just as bees give delicious honey, so too do they sting. Then there's honey again. A wonderfully imaginative and affectionate young woman learns to wear appropriate protective garb around her hives, but, from time to time, when she is calm, caresses the tiny ones bare-handed. This excellent metaphor represents the struggle of many women of the past to find joy in a patriarchal society that punished deviance with stinging gossip and shunning. Women, like Augusta, whose first marriages were reactions rather than joy-filled, bravely reached out for better and better. Never far from her strong feelings, August truly becomes a Wise Woman. Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife