Hannah Nordhaus




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Hannah Nordhaus

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Hannah Nordhaus is the bestselling author of American Ghost (HarperCollins, March 2015) and The Beekeeper’s Lament (HarperCollins, 2011).

The Beekeeper’s Lament, a non-fiction portrait of a fourth-generation beekeeper amid the recent honey bee die-off, was a national bestseller and received critical acclaim from dozens of newspapers, magazines, and websites. The Associated Press praised the book as “a fascinating read from cover to cover.” Said the Boston Globe: “The Beekeeper’s Lament is at once science lesson, sociological study, and breezy read…. A book about bees could easily descend into academe, but the author settles for nothing less than literature.”

The book, Hannah’s first, was a PEN Center USA Book Awards finalist, a Colorado Book
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American Ghost: A Family's ...
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A National Conversation Hosted by the Smithsonian and Zócalo Public Square


June 16, 2105


by Hannah Nordhaus


Staab House on Palace Ave. SFWhen my great-great-grandmother set out for New Mexico territory in 1866, she spoke no English. Nor did she speak any Spanish.


German was her native language;Yiddish as well. Julia Staab was a German Jew from a small village in Prussia. I don’t know how her marriage to my great-great-grandf...

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A National Conversation Hosted by the Smithsonian and Zócalo Public Square

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American Ghost by Hannah Nordhaus
"What an ideal nonfiction book for me--European family history, 19th century women's lives, Spiritualism, potentially haunted hotels, American westward expansion, etc. More of family history/genealogy than a traditional ghost story--I was a little..." Read more of this review »
American Ghost by Hannah Nordhaus
"It's not so much a ghost story as the deconstruction of what makes a ghost story. I found her family's history in the West and during WWII really interesting. "
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
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American Ghost by Hannah Nordhaus
"Excellent read: part family memoir, part history, part ghost story. Nordhaus does a fascinating job introducing us to her ancestor, Julia Staab. Having been to Santa Fe, I loved getting some Santa Fe history too. Highly recommend"
On Immunity by Eula Biss
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The Pity of It All by Amos Elon
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Just Kids by Patti Smith
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The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan
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The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
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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.”
Hannah Nordhaus, American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

“Because of the varroa mite, wild honey bees are now, for all practical purposes, extinct in the United States.”
Hannah Nordhaus, The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America

“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.”
Hannah Nordhaus, The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America

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