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Hannah Nordhaus

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Hannah Nordhaus is a journalist and award-winning author of The Beekeeper’s Lament (HarperCollins, 2011) and American Ghost (HarperCollins, 2015), both national bestsellers.

Her most recent book, American Ghost, untangles the life and legend of Hannah’s great-great-grandmother Julia Staab, who traveled the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico in 1866 as a mail-order German-Jewish bride — and whose phantom is reputed to haunt her former home in Santa Fe. In American Ghost, Hannah traces the Staab family through 300 years of Germany history and American immigrant experience, unearthing family diaries, photographs, newspaper clippings and memories and exploring how lives become legends, and what those legends tell us about who we are. “American Ghost i
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I write in this month’s Smithsonian Magazine about Sister Blandina Segale, the intrepid nun who founded hospitals and schools in 19th century New Mexico, and is now being considered by the Vatican for sainthood (and who saved my great-great-grandfather from Billy the Kid). I spent some time with the man who is championing her cause, and the detective involved in Sister Blandina’s very belated b...

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“In Spain, hilly terrain and antiquated planting and harvest practices keep farmers from retrieving more than about 100 pounds [of almonds] per acre. Growers in the Central Valley, by contrast can expect up to 3000 pounds an acre. But for all their sophisticated strategies to increase yield and profitability, almond growers still have one major problem - pollination. Unless a bird or insect brings the pollen from flower to flower, even the most state-of-the-art orchard won't grow enough nuts. An almond grower who depends on wind and a few volunteer pollinators in this desert of cultivation can expect only 40 pounds of almonds per acre. If he imports honey bees, the average yield is 2,400 pounds per acre, as much as 3,000 in more densely planted orchards. To build an almond, it takes a bee.”
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“Motherhood rarely allows for solitude, yet it begets its own kind of isolation: from one’s past, from one’s youth, from the women we once thought we were and would become.”
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“Because of the varroa mite, wild honey bees are now, for all practical purposes, extinct in the United States.”
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