“Nordhaus attacks her subject with the same scholarship and lively writing that made her nonfiction debut, The Beekeeper’s Lament, a beloved best-seller. Her second interweaves ghost hunts with memoir, Western lore, history, travelogue and family annals.”
Dallas Morning News

“A colorful and engrossing quest…. In exhuming Julia’s story, Nordhaus asks questions mere enthusiasts might not: Do tales like Julia’s ferret out truths or bend them to fit contemporary molds?…. Such introspection deepens her genealogical quest into a satisfying philosophical one as well.”
Elle Magazine




The Beekeeper’s Lament is at once science lesson, sociological study, and breezy read… A book about bees could easily descend into academe, but the author settles for nothing less than literature.”
Boston Globe

The Beekeeper’s Lament is not only about bees, or the people who make a living off of them, fascinating as both of these subjects are. It’s about the dying of rural America, the way we grow and sell our food, the reason people take risks… It is a poignant and keenly observed narrative.”
Marlene Zuk, Los Angeles Review of Books