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"Frank Mortimer's BEE PEOPLE AND THE BUGS THEY LOVE is the bee's knees and getting a ton of buzz. Bee smart, people, and read this un-BEE-lievably interesting look at the quirky world of beekeeping."

— Harlan Coben
    #1 New York Times Bestselling Author


"If the world of beekeepers has a top ambassador, it’s Frank (The Beeman) Mortimer. Bee People and the Bugs They Love is a delightful portrayal for non-beekeepers of what life is like for those of us who are always thinking about bees."

— Thomas D. Seeley
     author of The Lives of Bees


"Bee People gently provides a synopsis not just of beekeeping, but the principals themselves. Dear reader, you *know* these people. They may have delightfully funnier names, but make no mistake, as you read, Mortimer has conjured the eccentric beekeepers from every corner of the world, including yours."

— Tammy Horn Potter
     author of, Bees In America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation

"Bee People takes a long look at your first beekeeper’s meeting, that first bee sting, capturing your first swarm and tasting your first honey… My advice, read Mortimer’s book first, before you become a beekeeper. If you do, you will become a beekeeper. He gets it right. And Bee Nerd Alert: You will meet some of the best people in the world – beekeepers."

— Kim Flottum
     author of The Backyard Beekeeper, and editor-in-chief of Bee Culture


"Bee People is a fun and exciting tale of the wonder-filled world of beginner beekeeping. It’s a relatable story that every beekeeper can easily identify with, and filled with helpful tips for those thinking of getting started."

— Noah Wilson-Rich 
     author of Bee: A Natural History, and CEO & Partner The Best Bees Company


" is an achievement to convey so much knowledge so accessibly without once seeming overbearing. The main reason it all works is the honest descriptions of friendships that spring up around a shared, all-absorbing interest in bees.  And Mortimer intersperses useful facts about his passion in a successful and funny book that is sure to swell the ranks of the world’s beekeepers."

- New York Times


"This ranks among the best written books I have ever reviewed. This book includes great humor and a use of allegory that reveals tremendous background knowledge. Beginning as a simple recounting of initial inquiry, coupled with personal conflict, this evolves into in-depth learning, great analysis of personalities, and a revealing of information that is masked finely in narrative.  Bee people are a weird and fascinating lot; the author delves deeply enough into their eccentricities to make for fascinating reading."

- San Francisco Book Review


“The book’s topics will appeal to novices, experts, and the “bee curious” alike. Mortimer is a playful storyteller, and his text is lively with the challenges and appeal of keeping bees.”

- Foreword Reviews 


“an excellent job of weaving lessons, and facts, in with his stories so that his portrayal of beekeeping ultimately has a way of grabbing you and getting you to not only think that you could do it, but that you need to do it.”

- Paleo Magazine


“Some of the most charming passages involve Mortimer’s friendships with other beekeepers, who are often as eccentric as they are kind and helpful. New or prospective beekeepers will find a useful how-to guide as well as an affectionate ode to nature’s pollinators and honey makers, while any readers who have had their lives reshaped by a single overriding passion will enjoy learning how Mortimer found his.”

- Publishers Weekly


Bee People and the Bugs They Love is the first book to spotlight the quirky, offbeat, and eccentric people that are passionately obsessed with the honey-loving bug. It chronicles the adventures and comedic misfortunes of keeping bees through a firsthand account of beekeeping’s odd and amusing characters woven together with amazing beekeeping facts and everyday explanations. It’s written to entertain the reader with vivid, first person tales of beekeeping, intertwined with thoughtfully explained honeybee facts, analogies, and details.


It's not a “how to” book, instead Bee People is a look inside the avocation of beekeeping. Each chapter brings to life the bee-obsessed and slightly outlandish cast of characters that keep bees, incredible bee facts, and the often humorous and always entertaining interactions between people and bees. Follow the author’s journey from novice to certified master beekeeper as he leads you through the entertaining and science-driven world of keeping bees. The book begins shortly before he stood over his first hive and ends with an account of how keeping bees is now something that his whole family does together.


Bee People is much more than just a book about bees as it focuses on people: the people who willingly choose to hang around with stinging insects.