A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them

A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them

by Sue Hubbell
     
 

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"The real masterwork that Sue Hubbell has created is her life," David Quammen wrote in the New York Times. This book is, like its author, a unique achievement. Weaving a vivid portrait of her own life and her bees' lives through the seasons, Hubbell writes "about bees to be sure, but also about other things: the important difference between loneliness and

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"The real masterwork that Sue Hubbell has created is her life," David Quammen wrote in the New York Times. This book is, like its author, a unique achievement. Weaving a vivid portrait of her own life and her bees' lives through the seasons, Hubbell writes "about bees to be sure, but also about other things: the important difference between loneliness and solitude . . . the accommodating of oneself to nature" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

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"a melodious mix of memoir, nature journal, and beekeeping manual" Kirkus Reviews

"The real masterwork that Sue Hubbell has created is her life." The New York Times

"about bees to be sure, but also about other things: the important differences between loneliness and solitude. . . the accommodating of oneself to nature" The Philadelphia Inquirer

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her widely acclaimed A Country Year , Hubbell wrote about living on her 100-acre honey-producing farm in the Ozarks. Here she introduces us to the tasks and pleasures of beekeeping. Hubbell manages 300 hives, some on her own farm, others scattered about the countryside on land she rents for one gallon of honey a year. Beekeeping, we're shown, is a marvelous example of symbiosis, advantageous to humans, bees and crops. Noting that the end of one honey season is the start of the next, Hubbell begins with autumn when she checks the hives and prepares them for winter. She takes us, step by step, through the construction of a hive, explaining terms used by beekeepers. Spring brings re-queening if needed, and late summer, the harvest. Hubbell describes the collection and extraction of honeyhot, hard workto complete the season. Beekeeping has to be the apex of animal husbandry; it is a wondrous subject, and Hubbell does it justice. Portions of the book have appeared in the New Yorker . Illustrations not seen by PW. (September)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395883242
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
256,098
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

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