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A Recipe for Bees

(1998)
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Following the international success of The Cure for Death by Lightning, Gail Anderson-Dargatz has written an extraordinary and beguiling second novel. A "foray backwards in time", A Recipe for Bees is the telling of a woman's life: Augusta Olsen, a farmer's daughter, then a farmer's wife, living in the isolation-- desolation--of rural Canada. Conjuring that landscape and its time, the photos from Anderson-Dargatz's family album scattered throughout the book suggest that this is an obscurely personal narrative, a testimony to the many "strange tales" and the unique loves that lives lived so close to the land can solicit. Sometimes painful, often pitiless--the possibility of a slow death from loneliness and frustration on her husband's farm haunts the young Augusta--A Recipe for Bees is on the side of a visionary bid for life: the resistance and resource which drives Augusta to manufacture love as she manufactures honey, forging pleasure through friendship, family, narrative--and the strange world of bees. "Have I told you the drone's penis snaps off during intercourse with the queen bee?" The memorable opening line of a novel preoccupied by bees, the sensual language of bees, and the difficulty of making life out of death. --Vicky Lebeau

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Hardback Editions

August 2000 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Recipe for Bees
Author(s): Gail Anderson-Dargatz
ISBN: 0-7862-2666-8 / 978-0-7862-2666-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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August 1998 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Recipe for Bees
Author(s): Gail Anderson-Dargatz [Andersen-Dargatz]
ISBN: 0-676-97100-8 / 978-0-676-97100-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Canada
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1998 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Recipe for Bees
Author(s): Gail Anderson-Dargatz
ISBN: 0-609-60451-1 / 978-0-609-60451-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Canada
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Paperback Editions

July 2001 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: A Recipe for Bees
Author(s): Gail Anderson-Dargatz
ISBN: 0-7704-2881-9 / 978-0-7704-2881-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Seal Books
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April 2001 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Recipe for Bees: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Anderson-Dargatz
ISBN: 0-385-72048-3 / 978-0-385-72048-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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January 2000 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Recipe For Bees
Author(s): Gail Anderson-Dargatz
ISBN: 1-86049-698-9 / 978-1-86049-698-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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August 1999 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Recipe for Bees
Author(s): Gail Anderson-Dargatz
ISBN: 0-676-97241-1 / 978-0-676-97241-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
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1999 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A RECIPE FOR BEES.
Author(s): Gail Anderson
ISBN: 1-86049-528-1 / 978-1-86049-528-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: P/B
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Recipe for Bees
Author(s): Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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February 2010 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Recipe for Bees: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Publisher: Anchor
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