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Honey of a Gift Idea

December 19, 2011

If you’re still scrambling around to finish your Christmas shopping but dreading the crowds, Backyard Beekeepers of the Bay Area is a great gift idea. If ordered today on Amazon, it should arrive in time, or treat yourself for the moment when after the busy holidays you can put your feet up and sit by a crackling fire with a good book. Here’s what you can expect from this insightful read:

Backyard Beekeepers of the Bay Area, by Judith Adamson and Lisa Adamson, is a timely and thoughtful look at the current state of the honeybee and the urban apiculture movement. Not only does it give a glimpse into the dazzling world of the honeybee, it is also a compelling and inspiring portrait of a cultural urban movement by backyard and rooftop beekeepers to protect the honeybee. In its finest moments, the book brims with near-poetic reverence for both the honeybee and her geographical setting, making it a captivating and delightful read. The heart of the book is based on numerous interviews conducted with beekeepers, ranging from novices to life-long professionals, and provides an intimate look at the beekeepers’ scientific, philosophical and spiritual approaches to this ancient art. The book gives options for getting involved in supporting the local honeybee movement, including suggestions for planting bee-friendly gardens and resources for those wishing to begin their own bee colonies. Backyard Beekeepers of the Bay Area is an urgent call-to-arms, which manages to convey the seriousness of the plight of the honeybee while keeping the tone of the book light and positive, inspiring readers to action rather than frightening them to do so. Beautifully illustrated by the author’s sister. 

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There is creative reading as well as creative writing. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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