Has anyone else noticed how many books about bees there are? Several recent reviews of “bee books” caught my eye and got me thinking. The more I searched, the more I realized how fascinated we are with bees. Here are a few titles but there are many more. Can you add to the list?
A Book of Bees by Sue Hubbell
Published 1988 and a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year. Sue Hubbell describes in detail how she manages 300 hives and the many parts of beekeeping.
Bees: A Honeyed History by Piotr Socha
Giant picture book with detailed illustrations of bees, their habitats, honey making and role in the ecosystem. Currently sitting on our coffee table!
Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
I’m cheating here a bit – this one’s about spelling bees, a coming-of-age story about a 9-year-old girl and her father. Read and enjoyed this years ago for my book club.
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Not exactly about bees either, but I have seen many reviews of this one and want to read it. Here’s a quick description from Amazon:
“Sarah Summers is enjoying a holiday on a Nigerian beach when a young girl named Little Bee crashes irrevocably into her life. All it takes is a brief and horrifying moment of crisis — a terrifying scene that no reader will forget…a powerful story of reconciliation and healing”
Queen Bee of Tuscany: The Redoubtable Janet Ross by Ben Downing
Another cheat, but with a nice bee analogy, a biography of Janet Ross. Here’s what Amazon says:
“Born into a distinguished intellectual family and raised among luminaries such as Dickens and Thackeray, Janet Ross married at eighteen and went to live in Egypt. There, for the next six years, she wrote for the London Times, hobnobbed with the developer of the Suez Canal, and humiliated pashas in horse races. In 1867 she moved to Florence, Italy where she spent the remaining sixty years of her life writing a series of books and hosting a colorful miscellany of friends and neighbors, from Mark Twain to Bernard Berenson, at Poggio Gherardo. Spirited, erudite, and supremely well-connected, Ross was one of the most dynamic women of her day.”
Sting Like a Bee : The Muhammad Ali Story by José Torres
and Bert Randolph Sugar
“Sting like a bee” was his line and here’s the biography of heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist Muhammad Ali.
The Bee Balm Murders by Cynthia Riggs
Book 10 of 10 of the Martha’s Vineyard Mystery Series so you may want to start from the beginning to get to know 92-year-old Victorian Trumbull. She’s a sleuth on the island and uses her wits to solve this cozy mystery.
The Bees by Laline Paull
Can’t wait to read this creative story about bee hive societies, their culture and rules featuring the rebellious bee and heroine, Flora 717.
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
Here’s a new one, published in August 2017. A story of three generations of beekeepers, family and global crisis.
The Hive : The Story of the Honeybee and Us by Bee Wilson
Nonfiction, illustrated book about the history and science of humans and bees.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Great story, now on high school reading lists. Set in South Carolina in 1964, about female power, mothers, daughters, sisters and overcoming racism.
Want to know more about bees?
Click on these links for info and news articles:
Bee – Wikipedia
Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse Disorder – Bloomberg news article August 1, 2017
Buzzkill: Will America’s Bees Survive? – Discover magazine article March 2017
Bees: A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of bees
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