A Country Year: Living the Questions

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A “delightful, witty” memoir about starting over as a beekeeper in the Ozarks (Library Journal).

Alone on a small Missouri farm after a thirty-year marriage, Sue Hubbell found a new love—of the winged, buzzing variety. Left with little but the commercial beekeeping and honey-producing business she started with her husband, Hubbell found solace in the natural world. Then she began to write, challenging herself to tell the absolute truth about her life and the things she cared about.
 
Describing the ups and downs of beekeeping from one springtime to the next, A Country Year transports readers to a different, simpler place. In a series of exquisite vignettes, Hubbell reveals the joys of a life attuned to nature in this heartfelt memoir about life on the land, and of a woman finding her way in middle age.
 
“Once in a while there comes along a book so calm, so honest, so beautiful that even the most jaded or cynical readers have to say thank you. . . . This is such a book” (The San Diego Union-Tribune).
 
 
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About the author

Sue Hubbell (1935–2018) was the author of eight books, including A Country Year and New York Times Notable Book A Book of Bees. She wrote for the New Yorker, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Smithsonian, and Time, and was a frequent contributor to the “Hers” column of the New York Times.
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Jan 24, 2017
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Pages
221
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ISBN
9781504042468
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Environmentalists & Naturalists
Nature / Regional
Nature / Seasons
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