Honey bees: Letters from the Hive

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Our library has a new book!

Title: Honey Bees, Letters from the Hive –  A History of Bees and Honey
Author: Stephen Buchmann

Since prehistoric times, we humans have felt a mysterious and enduring connection to these fascinating insects and the food they produce. We have endowed bees with magical propertied, attributed to them surprising healing and cleansing powers, and seem in them meaningful symbols representing some of our most profoundly held beliefs. For honey fanatics and all who have a sweet tooth, this book not only entertains and enlightens but also reminds us of the fragility of humanity’s relationship with nature.

This is a crisp short summer read that will appeal to new beekeepers and young adults.


The following excerpt was taken from Amazon.com:

In Honey Bees: Letters From the Hive, bee expert Stephen Buchmann takes readers on an incredible tour. Enter a beehive—one part nursery, one part honey factory, one part queen bee sanctum—then fly through backyard gardens, open fields, and deserts where wildflowers bloom. It’s fascinating—and delicious!

Hailed for their hard work and harmonious society, bees make possible life on earth as we know it. This fundamental link between bees and humans reaches beyond biology to our environment and our culture: bees have long played important roles in art, religion, literature, and medicine—and, of course, in the kitchen.

For honey fanatics and all who have a sweet tooth, this book not only entertains and enlightens but also reminds us of the fragility of humanity’s relationship with nature. Includes illustrations and photographs throughout.

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