Happiness Is… Bees

As we buzz into fall, why not sting your way through a book about these famous, efficient pollinators… BEES!

Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh Albert

Honig’s most constant companions have always been his bees. A  never-married octogenarian, he makes a modest living as a beekeeper, as his father and his father’s father did before him. Deeply acquainted with the workings of the hives, Albert is less versed in the ways of people, especially his friend Claire, whose presence and absence in his life have never been reconciled.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the town’s most vicious racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey and the Black Madonna who presides over their household.


The Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus

Award-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 honeybees play in American agribusiness, the maintenance of our food chain and the very future of the nation.

The Honey Connoisseur by C. Marina Marchese

From honey experts C. Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum comes this comprehensive introduction to  the origin, flavor and culinary uses of more than 30 varietals of honey, from ubiquitous clover to tangy star thistle to rich, smoky buckwheat. Like wine, cheese, coffee and chocolate, honey has emerged as an artisanal obsession. Its popularity at farmers’ markets and specialty food stores has soared as retailers are capitalizing on the trend. The Honey Connoisseur teaches consumers everything they need to know about how to taste, select and use a diverse selection of honey.



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