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A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them Paperback – April 13, 1998
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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.
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"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
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As a beekeeper I enjoyed this book,however,I feel that anyone could read this book and come come away "feeling good". It is very rare for me to sit and read a book cover to cover in one or more sittings but I did so with "A Book of Bees".
Join Sue Hubbell as she goes about her day to day life on her farm in the Ozarks,tending her bees and enjoying life to the fullest....a must read and educational to boot!
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