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by Judith Adamson
A timely and thoughtful look at the current state of the honeybee and the urban apiculture movement.Not only does the book 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, providing an intimate look at the beekeepers' scientific, philosophical and spiritual approaches to this ancient art. The book offers 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. The book 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 into action rather than frightening them to do so. Beautifully illustrated by the author's sister.