The Beekeeper's Lament

How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America

By Hannah Nordhaus
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061873256, 269pp.)

Publication Date: May 2011

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“Agriculture, as we know it today, relies heavily on bees - and the bees of America are in peril. In this informative and wildly entertaining book, Nordhaus explores the vital and sometimes contentious relationships between bees, beekeepers, and farmers. She goes inside the world of the long-distance 'bee guys,' a gloriously eccentric cast of characters without whom commercial farming would be largely impossible. The Beekeeper's Lament offers a timely and fascinating look at a little-known and incredibly important industry.”
-- Sam Kaas, Village Books, Bellingham, WA


The honey bee is a willing conscript, a working wonder, an unseen and crucial link in America's agricultural industry. But never before has its survival been so unclear--and the future of our food supply so acutely challenged.

Enter beekeeper John Miller, who trucks his hives around the country, bringing millions of bees to farmers otherwise bereft of natural pollinators. Even as the mysterious and deadly epidemic known as Colony Collapse Disorder devastates bee populations across the globe, Miller forges ahead with the determination and wry humor of a true homespun hero. The Beekeeper's Lament tells his story and that of his bees, making for a complex, moving, and unforgettable portrait of man in the new natural world.

About the Author
Hannah Nordhaus is the author of the national bestseller "The Beekeeper's Lament", which was a PEN Center USA and Colorado Book Award finalist. An award-winning journalist, Hannah has written for the "Los Angeles Times", the "Financial Times", the "Village Voice", "Outside" magazine, and other publications. She lives with her family in Boulder, Colorado.
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