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Olivia Waite is a romance author, practicing feminist, and wide-ranging dilettante.

The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America - Hannah Nordhaus There's something inexpressibly poetic about bees, and Hannah Nordhaus wisely steers into this rather than away. At times my throat burned with the pure pleasure of an unusual story cleanly told. This book will lift your hopes and break your heart in roughly equal measure -- and the chapter about bee crime is one of the most inspiring things any writer could hope to read. (Two words: smuggled queens.)