My latest before-bed book is The Bee Keepers Lament: : How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America by Hannah Nordhaus.
First, allow me to distinguish what makes a good before-bed book. It is a delicate balance in a book of writing that is interesting enough to distract the reader from all the thoughts pinging aorund in your head threatening to keep you awake, but not so dramatic, overwrought, or gripping (ie. the main character’s life hangs in the balance every couple chapters) that you stay up for an extra 2 hours because you HAVE to read the next chapter against all your bed-time and work-tomorrow know-better intentions.
Like I said, tricky balance, but The Bee Keepers Lament pulls it off.
It is a fascinating read about an industry I frankly had no proper appreciation of before picking it up. I didn’t know that bees are shipped all over the US from one pollenation crop to another all year long in trucks! I had no idea that almonds are so finnicky to grow and depend completely on these bees. I am fascinated by the story of the little honey bears I always took for granted.
Read The Bee Keepers Lament before bed this week. You won’t be dissapointed.