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Beeing: Life, Motherhood, and 180,000 Honey Bees
     

Beeing: Life, Motherhood, and 180,000 Honey Bees

by Rosanne Daryl Thomas, Roseanne Daryl Thomas
 

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Post-husband, pre-rest-of-life, Rosanne Daryl Thomas and her seven-year-old daughter move to a small New England town. When, on a whim, she decides to take up beekeeping, her daughter is so proud of her that she can't back out -- no matter how bumbling and unprepared she is. Thomas learns much from the Bee Master and other locals intrigued by a novice woman beekeeper

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Post-husband, pre-rest-of-life, Rosanne Daryl Thomas and her seven-year-old daughter move to a small New England town. When, on a whim, she decides to take up beekeeping, her daughter is so proud of her that she can't back out -- no matter how bumbling and unprepared she is. Thomas learns much from the Bee Master and other locals intrigued by a novice woman beekeeper who needs their help -- at first. As she finds her courage, Thomas also finds herself embracing a life she never dreamed of. Entering the mysterious world of bees, she begins a relationship with nature that mingles science with mythology, wonder with humility, and motherly devotion with a search for new ways of seeing and untried possibilities. She learns that beekeeping, like life, can never be completely mastered. There is always room to make another mistake, and with each mistake comes an opportunity. Along the way, she gets her share of stings, some honey -- and, perhaps, a little wiser. With a novelist's eye for detail, and prose that intimately engages the reader, Rosanne Daryl Thomas opens the mysterious and seductive world of beekeeping to a whole new audience.

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Library Journal
Novelist Thomas (The Angel Carver) recounts her first year in a small New England town with her young daughter, her old cat, and her laptop. Once there, she decided on a lark to try her hand at beekeeping, about which she knew nothing, and headed to a local beekeeping store for advice and supplies. As she learned to care for her three hives, she overcame her initial apprehension. With a bit of philosophizing and a lot of self-appreciation, Thomas describes how she tended her hives from one spring to the next and how, during that time, she developed a strong animosity toward one man and opportunistic friendships with several others. As she distributed her first crop of honey as gifts, she concluded that "a single narrow four-inch-high jar cost approximately $200 to produce. It was worth it." With her newly acquired facts and enthusiasm, Thomas strives to be an inspiration to other novice beekeepers. But tedious descriptions of her mundane activities bog down the narrative, and Thomas's depiction of her trial-and-error methods tends to confuse the reader. A beginner will find a much sounder introduction in such excellent guides as Diana Sammatro and others' The Beekeeper's Handbook and R. Bonney's Beekeeping. Not recommended.-Ilse Heidmann, Olympia, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585747313
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Edition description:
First
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

ROSANNE DARYL THOMAS is the author of Awaiting Grace and The Angel Carver, which was a New York Times Notable Book. She lives with her daughter in New England. This is her first full-length work of nonfiction.

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