The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion

The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America You ll never think of bees, their keepers, or the fruits and nuts of their laborsthe same way again Trevor Corson, author of The Secret Life of LobstersAward winning journalist Hannah Nordhaus tells the remarkable story of John Miller, one of America s foremost migratory beekeepers, and the myriad and mysterious epidemics threatening American honeybee populations In luminous, razor sharp prose, Nordhaus explores the vital role that honeybees play in American agribusiness, the maintenance of our food chain, and the very future of the nation With an intimate focus and incisive reporting, in a book perfect for fans of Eric Schlosser s Fast Food Nation, Michael Pollan s The Botany of Desire,and John McPhee s Oranges, Nordhaus s stunning expos illuminates one the most critical issues facing the world today,offering insight, information, and, ultimately, hope

About the Author: Hannah Nordhaus

Hannah Nordhaus is a journalist and award winning author of The Beekeeper s Lament HarperCollins, 2011 and American Ghost HarperCollins, 2015 , both national bestsellers.Her most recent book, American Ghost, untangles the life and legend of Hannah s great great grandmother Julia Staab, who traveled the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico in 1866 as a mail order German Jewish bride and whose phantom is reputed to haunt her former home in Santa Fe In American Ghost, Hannah traces the Staab family through 300 years of Germany history and American immigrant experience, unearthing family diaries, photographs, newspaper clippings and memories and exploring how lives become legends, and what those legends tell us about who we are American Ghost is itself a haunting story about the long reach of the past, said NPR s Fresh Air.American Ghost has seen critical acclaim from People Magazine, Newsweek, NPR, Elle Magazine, the Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, the Denver Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and many other newspapers and magazines It was winner of the Seven Sisters Book Awards, finalist for the New Mexico Arizona Book Awards, and was named a Denver Post Best Books of 2015, one of 20 Books We ll Read in 2015 by Entertainment Weekly and one of Elle Magazine s 7 Must Read Books for March Hannah s first book, The Beekeeper s Lament, is a non fiction portrait of a fourth generation beekeeper struggling to keep his bees alive in the middle of a strange and sobering honey bee die off Said the Boston Globe The Beekeeper s Lament is at once science lesson, sociological study, and breezy read A book about bees could easily descend into academe, but the author settles for nothing less than literature The Beekeeper s Lament was a PEN Center USA Book Awards finalist, a Colorado Book Awards finalist, and a National Federation of Press Women Book Award winner, receiving enthusiastic reviews from the Washington Post, Wall St Journal, the Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mother Jones, Audubon, and dozens of newspapers, magazines, and websites, and appearing on a number of year end best of lists In 2011, the literary magazine The Millions featured this interview with Hannah about the art and craft of writing book length narrative nonfiction, calling it a veritable how to for writing a book of journalistic non fiction Hannah s nonfiction writing has appeared in the Financial Times, Outside Magazine, Times Literary Supplement TLS , Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, The American Scholar, and many other publications, covering such subjects as litigious prostitutes in Montana, snorkeling salmon counters in Idaho, besieged beekeepers in California, wildlife crime investigators in Oregon, and dog poop mappers in Colorado From 2007 to 2009, she was outdoors columnist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News.Hannah grew up in Washington D.C., six blocks from the U.S Capitol After receiving degrees in history and American Studies from Yale University and the University of Colorado, Hannah bounced from New Mexico to New York to San Francisco to the Himalayas She settled in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and two children.

10 thoughts on “The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America

  1. says:

    This was, without doubt a very enjoyable book to read, even though it wasn t much of a science book If you want to findabout bees themselves, read The Buzz About Bees, which I think is unbeaten as an explorati

  2. says:

    This is Nonfiction Environmental Science about the plight of bees and the things beekeeper s do to keep them alive First, let me just say, I listened to the audio and I didn t care for the narrator at all She had a n

  3. says:

    The age of mass production has not been kind to bees.Before humans intervened, before the days of agribusiness, bees left to their own devices had hard, short, and sometimes violent and vicious lives Since we ve started he

  4. says:

    A terrific book for anyone who has questions about the demise of the honey bee Layman or Apiarist you will enjoy the well researched and humor injected narrative I learned so much and it never felt like I was learning.

  5. says:

    As befits one who seeks to be a man of wealth and taste if I have to choose between them, the former , I aspire to live on a vast estate, leading the life of a gentleman farmer That doesn t seem to be the immediate future, but we do have

  6. says:

    The Beekeeper s Lament How One Man and Half a Million Honey Bees Help Feed America by Hannah Nordhaus Published by Harper Perennial, this nonfiction work is altogether fascinating and thought provoking Part artform, part science, beekeeping is

  7. says:

    Primarily a profile of John Miller, a prominent beekeeper who produces a huge amount of America s honey he owns literally billions of bees Also gives you a good glimpse into the complex social and biological lives of bees, and looks briefly into Colon

  8. says:

    It took me a long time to get through this narrative When I started, I knew we had problems with our nation s bee population and so I thought it would be good to learnabout beekeepers and how they are coping I am not sure if it was Nordhaus writing or when I

  9. says:

    A few years ago I was reading bits and pieces about the mystery of the disappearing honeybee when it came up in the news, though as with most things the idea of yet another thing going horribly wrong just kind of overwhelmed me and I let it slide by lest my head ex

  10. says:

    It is always amazing to me that vast number of other worlds that are out there We all get so engrossed in our own worlds that we often do not pay attention to the vast and intricate and interlocking other worlds that spin simultaneously around us As I enjoy honey on my to

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