"...love your stories about beekeeping, you remind me of Sue Hubbell. Have you read her books? Would you recommend them? Looking for a Christmas gift idea for my wife, she's a beekeeper...." - Paul
Christmas Beekeeping Book
What a lovely compliment, thank you, you've made my day. A friend introduced me to Sue Hubbell before I was a beekeeper. She was first a librarian, which explains her rich literary references but it's her willingness to be honest about life's challenges that appealed to me in her writing.
Hubbell has authored a number of books but the one I would recommend as a Christmas gift for a beekeeper is her "A Book of Bees." This book describes her caring for 300 hives in "the Ozarks," a place yet to be identified although some say it was around the Doniphan, Missouri area.
Some of the information is out of date but her description of spending days in bee yards having her lunch on a sunny hillside listening to the hives humming is something every beekeeper will related to, regardless.
Another book, if you want to give a second one, is "A Country Year," which covers her living in the Ozarks and the lessons she learned trying to be self-sustaining. There are life lessons in this one, too that have little to do with actually farming the land.
Amazon offered these books in "used" condition the last time I checked, and if you can't get them here by Christmas you can give a card that says these books are on their way.
My grandmother gave us books at Christmas growing up and to this day I like having a special book to enjoy for Christmas. No surprise then that I think your idea of giving her one, or both of these books, is a lovely idea.
Merry Christmas, Paul!