How did she navigate the world of venture capitalists and investment bankers to engineer the sale of her company and reap a personal fortune? And what does her subsequent odyssey to buy and donate a new national park in Maine’s north woodsthus repaying what she regards as the “harmonic debt to the planet” she incurred by manufacturing beauty productstell us about America and the American dream?
Queen Bee is a fascinating biography of a fascinating woman, her game-changing skin-care company, and the quest to create a national park in the north woods.
- A richly textured portrait of the woman who built Burt’s Bees from nothing and altered the global business of skin care.
- A tightly woven story of the paper-industry exodus, the giant clearance sale of the north woods, the downward spiral of paper-company towns, and the battle for a new national park.
- A tale of the American Dream in action what it can do for the fortunate few who are in the right place at the right time with wits and determination, and what it can do to the unfortunate many who find themselves on the wrong side of “creative destruction.”
|Publisher:||Tilbury House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Austin (Brunswick, Maine) has covered environmental and forestland issues in
Maine for more than 30 years, including many years at the Maine Times. Her books include Queen Bee: Roxanne Quimby, Burt's Bees and her Quest for a New National Park, On Wilderness and Wilderness
Table of Contents
1 The Maine Woods 7
2 Origins 22
3 Heading West: San Francisco, 1970 44
4 Back to the Land: Maine, 1975 53
5 Burt and the Bees: 1984 78
6 Backwoods Entrepreneur 98
7 Burt's Bees Moves to Main Street 114
8 Goodbye Maine, Hello North Carolina: 1994 143
9 Burt's Bees Reincarnated 166
10 The Tiger Roars 186
11 Leaving Burt's Bees 212
12 Family Matters 231
13 Imagining a New National Park: 2000 244
14 A New Vision: 2004 271
15 End of an Era: 2011 310
About the Author 376