Literary List: Bee is for Book

With the black-eyed susans and purple coneflowers in the back garden, oregano around the side, and cucumbers/cantaloupes galore with the vegetables, we seem to be singlehandedly keeping the local bee population thriving.

Bees also abounded in a few of my summer reads, which got me wondering as to what other fiction features these honey hoarders.

  1. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, by Laurie King. Mary Russell stumbles upon a retired Sherlock Holmes tending bees.
  2. The Language of Bees, by Laurie King. The ninth Mary Russell story picks up the theme again.
  3. Murder on the Eiffel Tower, by Claude Izner. Several people die suddenly after receiving bee stings.
  4. The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd. A lovely story most are already familiar with. It also just happens to sit alphabetically next to The Beekeeper’s Apprentice on my shelves.
  5. Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne. Who can forget his rain-cloud disguise in an attempt to snag some honey from the hive?
  6. The Honeybee Mystery, by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I still have a fond spot in my heart for the Boxcar Children series.
  7. Chalice, by Robin McKinley. About a beekeeping girl in a magical land. I’ve read other YA fantasy by this author.
  8. The Honey Thief, by Elizabeth Gaver
  9. The Keeper of the Bees, by Gene Stratton-Porter
  10. The Glass Bees (New York Review Books Classics), by Ernst Junger

I had to do some searching to come up with the titles at the end of the list so I can’t comment on them. Some books came up that only had the word in the title, and I’m sure there are other books about bees that don’t necessarily mention it. Any I should add to the list?

Published in: on August 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

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