A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them

Overview

"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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Overview

"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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Editorial Reviews

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395883242
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 246,161
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Hubbell is the author of, among other works, A Country Year and A Book of Bees, which was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Maine and Washington, D.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    A Great book from a good communacator

    I purchased this book probably 20 - 25 Yrs. ago most probably by noticing the Title. Too busy working to make a living. After retiring and getting my own Bees I picked up the book and couldn't put it down. She really tells of the good and bad of living in the Ozarks and keeping Bees.

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