Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

Category: Book
By (author): Hanson, Thor
Subject:  NATURE / Animals / Insects & Spiders
  NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Deserts
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
  SCIENCE / Natural History
  TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Beekeeping
Audience: general/trade
Awards: Pacific Northwest Book Award (2019) Winner
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.25in x 5.55in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*As seen on PBS's American Spring LIVE, the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers presents a natural and cultural history of bees: the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.
As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.
Review Quote*Winner of the 2019 Pacific Northwest Book Award
Review Quote*"Vividly zinging...[Hanson] zips and waggles through fascinating journeys to meet fellow bee obsessives, reminding us that...we have brought trouble upon ourselves: 40 percent of the bee species are in decline threatened with extinction." -New York Times Book Review
Review Quote*"Hanson is an insightful observer of evolution, at his most elegant when digging deep into the science...[His] senses are, indeed, sharp when observing the natural world."-Wall Street Journal
Review Quote*"Buzz shines the most brightly...when Hanson's own adoration of bees comes through: he wanders around the landscape observing them and musing about their natural history in ways that light up the page...A rewarding choice for readers keen on science and nature."-NPR
Review Quote*"According to Thor Hanson's Buzz, the relationship between bees and the human lineage goes back three million years...Both our world and our brains, it seems, have been profoundly shaped by bees."-New York Review of Books
Review Quote*"Charming...Hanson is an upbeat and often humorous guide...If you have time to read one book on what is happening with modern bees, you couldn't do better than Buzz."-Science
Review Quote*"A loving, infectiously enthusiastic natural history."-Christian Science Monitor
Review Quote*"Popular science at its intelligent best."-Economist
Review Quote*"In Buzz, Thor Hanson reminds us that the apian community is incredibly diverse...[He] expertly explores the history and ecology of bees around the world."-New Scientist