The Beekeeper’s Lament follows John Miller, a multi generational bee keeper who moves his over 10,000 hives around the US to farmers who need the pollination that only the honey bee can provide. Beekeeping, as one can imagine, is a lot of work and not for the faint of heart. John will be stung frequently, deal with mites, weather, semi trucks loaded with bees turning over on highways, theft, and the CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) epidemic that came about in 2004 and still is as mysterious today.
Miller moves onward with a sense of humor, a gift at writing, and a desire to help feed America despite all the obstacles.
Why did I want to read this book? I am fascinated by bees. I have a friend who raises honey bees and occasionally I get to go and help her out and I enjoy learning about the bees and all they can do!
I really enjoyed reading The Beekeepers Lament. The fascinating things that honey bees provide (beside the obvious honey) by providing pollination to flowers, berries, fruit, and the big one… almond trees.
Author Hannah Nordhaus follows John Miller through all the steps to bee keeping. She writes of the communications between herself and John between visits. John likes email. And jokes. And Author Hannah Nordhaus writes as I would hope if I were writing about something similar, that I would write.
This book would be appealing to those who enjoy foodie books, fans of nature, and of course the fascination of bees. I learned so much by reading this and found every page to be filled with fascinating (and occasionally funny) information.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 24, 2011)