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Sue Hubbell (1935–2018)

Autor(a) de A Country Year: Living the Questions

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About the Author

Sue Hubbell was born Suzanne Gilbert in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 28, 1935. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California in 1956 and a master's degree in library science from Drexel University in 1965. She worked as a librarian at Trenton State mostrar mais College and as a periodicals librarian at Brown University. In 1972, she and her first husband moved to a farm in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and took up beekeeping. To supplement the income from honey sales, she wrote freelance articles for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. After they divorced, she continued to run the large beekeeping operation. She also wrote several books including A Country Year: Living the Questions, A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them, Far-Flung Hubbell: Essays from the American Road, and Waiting for Aphrodite: Journeys Into the Time Before Bones. She suffered from dementia and decided to stop eating and drinking on September 9, 2018 because she did not want to eventually be placed under indefinite institutional care. She died on October 13, 2018 at the age of 83. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Associated Works

The Edge of the Sea (1955) — Introdução, algumas edições865 exemplares
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Contribuidor — 394 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1990 (1990) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Backyard Bugs (1996) — Prefácio — 41 exemplares
Travelers' Tales CENTRAL AMERICA : True Stories (2002) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares


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I enjoyed "A Country Year" more than "A Book of Bees", but that is probably because I don't know a thing about raising honeybees or taking care of their hives, which seems to entail a lot work with energy I don't have. All the detailed explanations and descriptions of the ins-and-outs of hive management was very difficult to follow along. I'm one who would need to watch a video before diving into a hobby like this, but she does tell you just about everything you need to know to understand the interesting nature of bees as well. After watching a video for better understanding of hive management, I would definitely come back to this book for another read, which should be on every beekeepers bookshelf.

In "A Country Year", the author tells little short stories of her experiences and lessons learned from nature while harvesting honey from her honeybees on her, roughly, 100 acre farm in the Ozarks in Missouri. Although 50 years old and just divorced, she hardly lets you in on the details of her starting over on her own, or even the hardships. She's a very fluid writer.

Her father, a botanist, taught her to love, care, appreciate, and have great respect for all things in nature. This book is more about that appreciation and love for nature, which is why I really enjoyed it. A part of her personality is just like mine. She loves weeds, and so do I. When we come across an unfamiliar weed or insect, we both go to extremes to find out what it's all about. Is it native? Is it beneficial? For whom or what? What is its purpose? We want to know everything about it, and then...let it be.

One of her long time friends was a botanist and an artist who liked to draw the wildflowers or weeds that she came across to help her remember the details about them. A great idea, and something I would love to start doing. It's about slowing down.
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MissysBookshelf | Aug 27, 2023 |
I couldn’t love this book anymore if I tried. When we decided to get bees, I started reading as much as I could, but this one has been my favorite so far. Written in the ‘80s, it’s a nonfiction account of one woman’s life as a beekeeper in the Ozarks. Her observations about nature and the joy she finds and keeping bees are beautiful. She has 300 hives and shares basic info while also describing the beautiful world around her. Highly recommended!

“The only time I ever believed that I knew all there was to know about beekeeping was the first year I was keeping them. Every year since I’ve known less and less aynd have accepted the humbling truth that bees know more about making honey than I do.”… (mais)
bookworm12 | 8 outras críticas | May 20, 2023 |
Wonderful unpretentious book about a bee keepers year and how to keep bees. Delightfully straight forward and full of anecdotes about her bee keeping and other experiences, highly recommended.
Matt_B | 8 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2022 |
I got up to about 3/4 the way through before I put this book down for greener pastures. Who knows...I may finish it one of these days as I usually don't like leaving books unfinished. It's full of information, but I was hoping for more of a A Country Year set in Maine. Instead, very few chapters deal with the creepy-crawlies in Maine--Hubbell travels all over the world to research invertebrates. Of course other interesting issues come up as well such as global warming, evolution, and taxonomy, but I was hoping for more context to her daily life like A Country Year's approach. For those primarily interested in little critters and don't necessarily need a whole lot of other plot to keep it moving, this book is more suited for you. I needed a little more to keep me going. One thing I can say from reading this book that I never would have even considered otherwise: INVERTEBRATES RULE! Strange, but true.… (mais)
LibroLindsay | 3 outras críticas | Jun 18, 2021 |



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