THE HIS­TORY OF BEES

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Maja Lunde | Si­mon & Schus­ter | $33

There’s an un­der­stand­able buzz around Maja Lunde’s first adult novel. Bees are in trou­ble. Habi­tat de­struc­tion and cli­mate change have led to a rapid de­cline in pop­u­la­tions. Fewer bees equals less honey. Mo­ti­vated by this global en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter, the Nor­we­gian au­thor has blended three sep­a­rate bee-peo­ple nar­ra­tives. In 1850s Eng­land, Wil­liam is build­ing the per­fect bee­hive. Some 160 years later, Amer­i­can bee­keeper Ge­orge is find­ing it tough com­pet­ing with mod­ern farm­ing prac­tices. In China, at the end of the 21st cen­tury, bees are ex­tinct and Tao hand-pol­li­nates plants.

The His­tory of Bees was the win­ner of sev­eral awards in Nor­way and a best­seller in Ger­many.

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