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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

Average rating: 3.86 · 460 ratings · 142 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
The Beekeeper's Lament: How...
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Science journalist and blogger Helen Fields just wrote a greatposton The Open Notebook, looking at how magazine articles become books, and featuring the journey of The Beekeeper’s Lament.

In short, not all articles convert easily into book form. As I was deciding whether “The Silence of the Bees,” the original article from which my book grew, merited book-length treatment, I found that there was...

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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
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American Ghost by Hannah Nordhaus
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Touching, and thought-provoking, and chock full of ideas, but a bit indulgent. He could have used a sterner editor.
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Loved it right until it fell apart at the end. Then I really liked it.
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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.”
Hannah Nordhaus, The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America

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