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Overstory
Overstory | Richard Powers
An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. These four, and five other strangers--each summoned in different ways by trees--are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.In his twelfth novel, National Book Award winner Richard Powers delivers a sweeping, impassioned novel of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of--and paean to--the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans. There is a world alongside ours--vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity's self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? "Listen. There's something you need to hear."
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Kathrin
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I am still enjoying this book!

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Our neighbor just had a row of tall pines taken down today. I‘m especially sad because I‘ve spent the week immersed in Richard Powers‘s incredible novel. It‘s making me hurt for these missing pines.

“This is not our world with trees in it. It's a world of trees, where humans have just arrived.”
― Richard Powers, The Overstory

Crazeedi I hate when people cut down trees😢 (I know it's really necessary sometimes, but just for no reason???) 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi Me too. We aren‘t close with these neighbors, so I don‘t know the whole story. But the trees seemed fine to me. 😢 4d
SauerPatch My mom had several trees cut down a couple months ago because they were dead or going to be very soon. And since then MULTIPLE neighbors on our street have had several cut down for no immediately apparent reason. It makes me sad. 😔 4d
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DGRachel I was worried about neighborhood backlash when we recently had trees cut down. You couldn‘t tell by looking that there was anything wrong, but we had an arborist come in. We had two Bradford Pears removed (terrible, stinky, weak trees) and a group of cedars in the backyard that were dying. We‘ll eventually replace the Bradford with something better suited to our location. 4d
Crazeedi @DGRachel we've had to cut down dead ash trees and a pear that died so I get it! 4d
Hooked_on_books I found this book a little difficult to get into initially, but it completely won me over by the end. It‘s fitting that your neighbor‘s trees were removed as you are reading this—their loss will resonate with you so much more. Trees are amazing. 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @SauerPatch I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. Trees are so vital to our world. 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DGRachel Funny, I was just talking with someone about the downsides of Bradford Pear trees. I know my neighbors trees might have hidden problems. Still sad to see them gone, though. 4d
Kayla.Adriena Ooooo love the quote. And I know how you feel. My dad just had to have a lovely tree removed because they are building a house. Makes me feel sick to my stomach 4d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa We‘ve had some pines by the house cut down a few years ago, PP&L wanted them gone. They were to close to their lines and a junction box apparently, never mind that they were older than I am, I still miss them. But after we had to remove a few in the back yard that blew over a few years before due to micro burst winds, I understand why they had to go. 4d
DGRachel @barbarathebibliophage I understand. I was especially sad to lose my cedar trees. Some of the shrubs are now thriving because they get more sunlight, but I‘m looking forward to replacing the Bradfords with better, native trees. 😊 4d
LibrarianRyan Here‘s hoping they plant new ones. 4d
UwannaPublishme It makes me sad to see trees cut down to build another shopping center or resort. I find solace in hugging our eucalyptus trees. 🤗🌳 3d
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Kathrin
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Listening to a book about trees on my walk through the woods today. So far, I am very much enjoying this month's #litsybookclub pick

@SoniaC @Graciouswarriorprincess @Bookworm83 @tpixie @Daisey @Theresa

tpixie I love the collage! And cute puppy!! Perfect way to listen to this book – out in nature! 🌳🌸🐶🎧📚🌳 7d
Graciouswarriorprincess Fun collage!! And I agree, cute puppy! 7d
Daisey Great collage and a very appropriate setting for appreciating this book. 7d
Theresa Love the pictures! I was afraid I was not going to like this month‘s pick but I was wrong. I‘m about 10 hours into the audiobook & am so intrigued to see where it goes! 12h
Kathrin @Theresa Yes, I was worried that I don't like it too, but I am still into it. It really makes me think. 2h
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Cait.Gibs
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Life changing.

gossamerchild Ooh, I'm reading this right now! I've heard so many great things about it. 1w
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Melmar
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So I have been reading a lot, but I have also been so busy with work, school, and wedding planning that I have not posted anything on Litsy in forever. This was one of my favorite summer reads and I particularly enjoyed this quote; “To be human is to confuse a satisfying story with a meaningful one, and to mistake life for something huge with two legs.” #summerreads #quotes

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Cinfhen
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This is our September IRL book club pick.
I applaud Power‘s for making me look at trees in a completely new light but I would have been just as impressed, maybe even more so, if he saved the planet from paper consumption and kept the novel at 350 pages. This book could have been brilliant if it was whittled down by about 200 pages. Beautiful language and strong ideas but preachy overtones & drawn out conclusion left me feeling meh 😞

DivineDiana On the #TBR. Bought for my tree loving husband and he is taking it slow. In fact, I think he closed it up for a while! 😂 1w
Megabooks Lol!! I loved that line about saving trees! Great review! 1w
Cinfhen The first part was fantastic @DivineDiana @Megabooks but then the preaching began and it was like a never ending sermon 🙄 1w
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LauraBeth Ha 😂 great review! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm 😆 your review! 👍 1w
KarenUK Unstacked! 😂 1w
Cinfhen I feel bad if you unstack @KarenUK there is some really gorgeous writing and the enlightenment about trees is truly stunning xx I‘ll send/bring you my copy 😘 1w
Cinfhen 519 pages of this book are about saving trees and then they publish hundreds of thousands of books ~ it seems a little hypocritical @LauraBeth @erzascarletbookgasm 😊 1w
KarenUK 😘😘😘😘 1w
BarbaraBB I know exactly what you mean. Way too long despite the interesting point of view. Love your view, by the way 😍 1w
Ruthiella Agree! Started strong but by the end I was bored. But lots of readers loved it! 😀 1w
Cinfhen I‘ve seen so many glowing reviews that I kept thinking I was missing something or that the ending would WOW me , but that never happened @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB not a bad book but it just fell flat by the end. 1w
BookwormM I am in the same camp it annoyed me that a book about saving trees was so long personally I would have made it digital copy only to stick to my point 1w
Cinfhen @BookwormM PREACH 🙌🏻❣️😁 1w
BarbaraBB @BookwormM Yes!! Smart! 1w
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Cinfhen
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Did you ever read a book and then start to resent the author for monopolizing so much of your time??? That‘s kind of where I am right now with The Overstory. Title is pretty freakin accurate...I‘m Over(this)Story 🙄😜😂I have about 50 pages to go and man, Richard Powers is just dragging this novel out.

TrishB I‘d have definitely given up! 2w
Cinfhen Bookclub pick and my bookclub ladies take bailing VERY SERIOUSLY 😳 @TrishB 😂😂 2w
TrishB @Cinfhen they sound like serious ladies 😁😁 2w
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MicheleinPhilly A+ for even tackling it with your big book phobia! 2w
KarenUK Well done you for persevering!! 2w
Crazeedi I'd have tossed!🙄 1w
Kalalalatja 😂😂😂 1w
Cinfhen It‘s not a bad book and I LOVED the first part @Kalalalatja @Crazeedi @KarenUK @MicheleinPhilly it‘s just becoming a chore now, because it‘s so inflated! I blame the editors & perhaps my #pagecountphobia 😆 1w
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Lunchtime reading.

Leftcoastzen This book!❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Jeg Loved this book. Very powerful read for me. Joined a political party after I read it. Started joining protests again, something I haven‘t done for many years. 1w
Graciouswarriorprincess @Jeg How wonderful!!! I'm really enjoying it and so revelant! 6d
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CallMeIshmael
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As someone who is watching his girls grow up way too fast this book is getting me right in the feels...may have to set it aside. No one likes to see a grown man cry

Leftcoastzen It‘s a very intense read! 2w
BarbaraBB Well said, I know what you mean. 2w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Giving this on a shot on audio—all 22 hours worth. So far, it‘s quite lovely.

It‘s my IRL book group pick for our October meeting. It‘s so long, I want to start early. And also going to try and join the #litsybookclub discussion in Sept 29.

Reggie This is one of my favorites from last year!!! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie Oh good! I‘m enjoying it so far. 2w
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Cinfhen
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Guess who had 5.5 hours of reading time this morning while waiting for her visa to be renewed???Guess who needs a criminal background check preformed before obtaining her new visa? Guess who needs to return to Immigration Offices?? I loved the first part of this novel (Roots) wasn‘t too keen on part 2 (Trunk)😣Now I‘m up to part 3 ~ (Crown). This book is a little too overwritten for my liking but I gotta say, the storytelling is really strong🌲

gradcat WOW! That sounds like a lot of trouble and/or work—sorry you‘re being put to it, but I guess it‘s nice to have some reading time. ♥️ 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ugh and triple ugh. But I‘m glad to have your take on the book. It‘s my IRL book group‘s October pick. Starting it soon, since it‘s so long! 2w
Chrissyreadit Oh no!!! That stinks!!! Fingers crossed all the barriers ease up and glad you enjoyed reading! 2w
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KarenUK 5 1/2 hours! Ouch...... Reading time or not, that sucks..... so sorry ☹️💕 2w
LeeRHarry I‘ve had some “interesting” times at immigration over the years - hope everything gets sorted out ASAP 😏 happy reading! 2w
Cinfhen I‘m reading this for my IRL book club too @BarbaraTheBibliophage and yes, ugh x 3 but I‘m happy for my uninterrupted reading time @gradcat @Chrissyreadit @KarenUK 2w
Cinfhen It was a little frustrating to find out I needed a criminal check after waiting 5.5 hours @LeeRHarry wish they would have written that down somewhere before I waited all that time 🙄 2w
LeeRHarry @Cinfhen just making things difficult to test your commitment 😏😩 2w
IamIamIam 😫😫😫😫 2w
AmyG Oy. Well, what can you do... but do what they say. 😳 2w
TrishB Bureaucracy...keeps the world running (slowly) 2w
CafeMom Oh wow I guess I can't complain about getting a Real ID. At least you got to read. 2w
Cinfhen I had to get my Drivers License renewed this summer @CafeMom another day of mild frustration 😬🤪 2w
Kalalalatja I‘m all for uninterrupted reading time, but that sounds ROUGH! 2w
Blaire Ugh!! What a day! 2w
Cinfhen I came home and took a 2 hour nap @Blaire @Kalalalatja 😜 2w
Centique Oh wow that sucks. I am not good at waiting rooms, I would have shrivelled up like an unwatered plant with all that waiting! You poor thing. 😩 2w
Chelsey Agreed that it's overwritten but by the end I enjoyed the journey. I think the pace was part of the point that it was making about us having such a short term perspective on the universe. I also read it right after finishing The Hidden Life of Trees so I was just so angry at humanity by the time I was done! 2w
Cinfhen I knew going in that it was going to be a long wait @Centique so I was “mentally” prepared although I forgot to pack snacks which made me a little hangry 😡 2w
Cinfhen Book is definitely redeeming itself in part 3 @Chelsey oh, thanks for the recommendation...I‘m going to read 2w
DivineDiana I hope all went well! Except for that wait time! 😲 2w
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litsybookclub
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New month, new book! This month, we are reading “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. We hope that you will join us in reading this month‘s book selection.

lynneamch I noticed this on a post where @tpixie mentioned it to @aimeesue. End of September is busy for me, but I'd love to check in on the discussion. Will try. 2w
tpixie @lynneamch we‘d love to have you! Even if you haven‘t read it! Just to say hi!! And you can tell us about #NatBookFest !!! 2w
lynneamch @tpixie I actually have read it, but it's been awhile. Fortunately, have it peppered with post-it notes, so perhaps I'll gain some specific recall looking at those. I was blown away by him at NBF. So glad littens will be reading it together. 2w
tpixie @lynneamch I taped a lot of the interviews on C-SPAN-2 Book TV. I‘m hoping he‘s on one! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice! This is my IRL book group‘s next pick. We meet right after the discussion you‘re having! 2w
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Aimeesue
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The communication collaboration between the fungus and the trees is called the Wood Wide Web. 😂😂😂
#NatBookFest

lynneamch He blew me away at #NatBookFest today. I loved this book and so admire him. Two quotes: "Environmental activism is a big tent."
"Literature can widen sense of kin."
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Aimeesue @lynneamch He was great! My daughter is majoring in Environmental Sci + is peer mentoring a Plants and Literature class this semester. The Overstory is the first book they're reading. We're Unitarian Universalists, so the kinship with all creatures + the environment thing is not exactly new to us. It's one of UU's basic principles. That's one of the reasons the WWW joke cracked me up- we talk about the interconnected web of existence all the time! 2w
Aimeesue @lynneamch And totally superficially, did you notice how BLUE his eyes are?? 2w
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tpixie @Aimeesue we‘re reading Overstory this month for @litsybookclub another great book is 2w
Aimeesue @tpixie Lab Girl was great! So many trees! 2w
tpixie @Aimeesue yes!! ♥️🌳♥️ 2w
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MamaGina
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1️⃣ The Overstory by Richard Powers. I just need to read it already!!!
2️⃣ Chocolat by Joanne Harris. The woman is so good she makes the Wind a character and she made me love the tropes of the precocious child and quirky villagers.
3️⃣ In the words of Buzz Lightyear ... To infinity and Beyond!!! 💫
4️⃣ Maid by Stephanie Land and apparently I'm in good company - it made Obama's summer reading list
5️⃣ BookBabe; Lynnsoprano; booksandsympathy

Lcsmcat J‘adore Chocolat! 3w
BookBabe ❤️ 2w
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Owlizabeth
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So many swoon-worthy lines in this book.

readingjedi I loved this book so much 🌳💚🌳💚🌳 3w
Leftcoastzen Exactly! 2w
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Owlizabeth
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Richard Powers‘ writing makes my heart skip a beat. I‘m loving this book, even though I don‘t know where it‘s going. The journey is definitely worth it so far!

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Daisey
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Supper in the backyard and then another chapter of the next @litsybookclub pick in the hammock! I'm only on the second chapter, but I'm intrigued to read it after what I've seen and heard about this Pulitzer Prize winning novel.

#LitsyBookClub #ReadandEat

Leftcoastzen I loved this book! 3w
Tamra I‘m trying to absorb all the rejuvenating outdoor pics like this one to tide me over the winter. 3w
mhillis Yum 😋 3w
Daisey @Leftcoastzen Good to hear! A lot of the reviews make it sound like something I will appreciate. 3w
Daisey @Tamra I know what you mean. I‘m trying to enjoy more time outside for the same reason. 3w
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CallMeIshmael
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Beer and new book makes a good Saturday night

lynneamch Loved this one! 🌳🌳🌳 3w
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My BN #bookhaul plus the September (mentioned title) @litsybookclub .

LibrarianRyan Nice. 3w
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Owlizabeth
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Major PMS = migraine + exhaustion. The Overstory is amazing but dense and takes a level of concentration I can‘t maintain for long right now, so I‘m interspersing it with Fae hunting. Luckily these books are completely different, which makes the multi-tasking much easier.

wanderinglynn I like KMM‘s books. 👍🏻 4w
Tamra I hate migraines - just getting over one too. 4w
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nikirtehsuxlol
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I am loving this book. It‘s definitely one of the best I‘ve read the year!

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amyf0x
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A brilliant, ambitious novel in which the lives of several strangers become intertwined as they explore humans‘ mysterious and troubled relationship with trees.

Read July 29-August 8
Book 42/55

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nikirtehsuxlol
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“What you make from a tree should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down.”

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HrJust
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“Life will not answer to reason. And meaning is too young a thing to have much power over it.”

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readingjedi
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1. 🌳💚🌳💚🌳💚🌳
2. Saw The Lion King today. It was (please forgive me) roar-some! 🦁🦁🦁
3. I love a nice fresh Greek salad with lots of tangy olives & salty feta.
4. At least 30. All on my mother's side. Don't even know them all ... biiig family.
5. I'll try 😉

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Susanita ❤️❤️ 2mo
DaveGreen7777 “Roarsome”! BWAH-HA-HA! I ain‘t lion when I say that cracked me up! 😂🤣 2mo
Bookzombie #3 🤤 2mo
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RealLifeReading
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Singapore was a former British settlement so we like our colours and favourites, “u”s and all. But it‘s also a country with lots of American influences (I grew up watching lots of American TV shows), and also quite a bit of Aussie influences. At any rate, in terms of books, I‘m always pleased to find different editions at the bookstores.

Jeg Loved Overstory. 1mo
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lkurgs
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“No strangeness stranger than the strangeness of living things.”

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Suelizbeth
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I‘ve been up for a while, but I had to sleep. Back into this gorgeous book for #24in48readathon2019 @24in48

kathedron I loved this book! 2mo
Suelizbeth @kathedron It is a book you have to savor. It is multilayered and rich and wonderful. 2mo
Leftcoastzen ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I definitely only picked up this book because it won awards. I liked the start a lot- each tree and the people around them. When the stories weaves together it was cool, but kept me less interested.

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atla
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“We‘re cashing in a billion years of planetary savings bonds and blowing it on assorted bling. And what [he] wants to know is why this is so easy to see when you‘re by yourself in a cabin on a hillside, and almost impossible to believe once you step out of the house and join several billion folks doubling down on the status quo.”

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atla I began reading this thoughtful, angry novel while on vacation - in an isolated cabin, on a hillside, in a Nataional Forest. And this created a dichotomy inside of me - while I felt so at peace in the forest, present and able to appreciate the biodiversity, the amazing teeming of life after a rainstorm, the balance, the scope of life present (from seedling to a log so decayed it is almost soil again); I also ⬇️ 2mo
atla became aware and discomfited by the huge number of species lost to us, the miles and miles of forest lost to clear-cutting, the vast absence we have created. ⬇️ (edited) 2mo
atla This novel describes the way trees in a forest behave differently than trees in a park, neighborhood, or orchard - just as animals behave differently in a jungle than in a zoo. Balance is lost, connections are missing, logs cleared before they can provide life to millions of species. This book, combined with my week on the edge of the forest, made me mourn despite my awe. 2mo
Simona The power of the extraordinary, excellent story❣️ 2mo
Leftcoastzen One of the most powerful books I‘ve ever read.🌲 2mo
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nofutureparttwo
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“But people have no idea what time is. They think it‘s a line, spinning out from three seconds behind them, then vanishing just as fast into the three seconds of fog just ahead. They can‘t see that time is one spreading ring wrapped around another, outward and outward until the thinnest skin of Now depends for its being on the enormous mass of everything that has already died.”

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“That‘s the trouble with people, their root problem. Life runs alongside them, unseen. Right here, right next. Creating the soil. Cycling water. Trading in nutrients. Making weather. Building atmosphere....A chorus of living wood sings to the woman: If your mind were only a slightly greener thing, we‘d drown you in meaning. The pine she leans against says: Listen. There‘s something you need to hear.” Rereading this fantastic book!

Leftcoastzen It is amazing! 2mo
Freespirit Loved it too...very powerful❤️ 2mo
mcctrish My husband and sister in law are both reading this now. It‘s a glorious book 2mo
SamAnne I loaned out my hard copy and decided to buy a second copy in paperback so I can mark certain passages and sentences. 2mo
Leftcoastzen I love this book! 3w
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AnneCecilie
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This isn‘t just #thestory, this is the overstory.

I bought this last month and hope to read it soon

#LilithJuly

Penny_LiteraryHoarders It's wonderful! 2mo
readingjedi I absolutely loved this 🌲🌳🌲🌳 2mo
Kalalalatja It is really good! 2mo
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KarenUK On my TBR too... 💕 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s coming up for me soon!! Good choice ♥️ 2mo
keepingupwiththepenguins I've got a copy waiting for me on my shelf, too - can't wait! 2mo
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underground_bks
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Worthy of all the praise and the Pulitzer, The Overstory is the environmentalist novel of our times—moving, inspiring, and teeming with life.

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lkurgs
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“Science in the service of willful blindness: How could so many smart people have missed the obvious? A person has only to look, to see that dead logs are far more alive than living ones. But the senses never have much chance, against the power of doctrine.”

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perfectlywinged
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Currently reading this book about all these separate lives over the course of history connected by trees. So far it is exquisite.🌲

Leftcoastzen I love this book!❤️ 3mo
BarbaraBB That view 😍 3mo
perfectlywinged @BarbaraBB this was my vacation read while in DC! 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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Stopped by the bookstore today, and came out with these.

The bottom book is for my dad.

Lindy Nice stack! I hope you enjoy 3mo
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Violetta
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Couldn't resist buying a physical book after Keanu Reeves recommended it in his video with puppies https://youtu.be/rOqUiXhECos 😍
The novel seems gorgeous itself, though - I've started the e-book, and got completely immersed in it from the very beginning 🌳

Erofan Wow, it's a big book! 😍 3mo
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morgan_lionheart
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I finished this one a while ago, but I know it is going to stick with me for a very long time, and will be worth re-reading every few years. It starts slow and was frustrating for a while until all the stories came together. But in the end, it's very powerful. I loved trees deeply before I read the book, but now I respect them even more.

morgan_lionheart At the same time I read this, I also read The Golden Spruce and Legacy of Luna. I can tell Powers read both of these books, and they all went together really well. 3mo
SamAnne I am rereading it now. Most powerful book I read last year. I was active in protecting forestlands in the Northwest in the 80s and 90s and know a few of the people and real world events Powers was inspired by. But such a beautiful book! 2mo
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Freespirit
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Finished The Overstory. Wow what a powerful novel. Needs to be a slow absorbing read..very well written. My main thoughts being surrounded by native bush and nut orchard on our farm Is that I have always loved trees, but I think I will look at them with fresh eyes now. Definitely 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #literaryfiction #ecoliterature #savetheplanet

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Readerann
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I had never REALLY looked at trees. I will now. #ToB

Cathythoughts I was going to pass on this one ... but your comment is making me interested 3mo
Freespirit Great book❤️ 3mo
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Book_Gobbler
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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This is a book I‘ve been dying to get my hands on. KCRWs Michael Silverblatt had a brilliant on-air discussion with Mr Powers about his novel and cannot wait to dive into the complexities of our rediscovery of Mother Nature.

link here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bookworm/id73330484?i=1000439104323

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Freespirit
The Overstory | Richard Powers
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I have needed to read The Overstory more slowly to fully appreciate its message and complexity. It‘s such an important story. As a lover of trees it‘s also heartbreaking.
I‘m sitting in front of our wood stove feeling sad about burning the logs. They are at least the off cuts from our pecan orchard ❤️🌲#literaryfiction #ecofiction

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sophierayton
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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Pickpick

Like trees, this book takes time to grow and realise it's power. Multiple stories come together in the Overstory which is a parallel to the complexity and community that exists underground in the understory. As well as being a great story, this book is hugely educational and the author has clearly researched the subject at length. There is a strong feel of compassion throughout, for ourselves and the world, including all of its plantlife.

Redwritinghood Nice review! This was one of my top reads in 2018. I loved it. 3mo
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Brona
The Overstory | Richard Powers
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You and the tree come from a common ancestor. A billion and a half years ago, the two of you parted ways. But even now, after an immense journey in separate directions, that tree and you share a quarter of your genes.
The Overstory travelling through the Daintree #themedholidayreading

CarolynM Such a beautiful part of the world😍 Enjoy! 4mo
Brona It‘s magic @CarolynM 4mo
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Freespirit
The Overstory | Richard Powers
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I think I‘ve been waiting for a group like Litsy to come along. I‘ve always read a lot and loved sharing my fav‘s but struggled to find people with equal enthusiasm for books❤️. Since joining my rate of reading has definitely increased, I‘ve discovered audiobooks and widened my scope and I‘ve taken a challenge for the first time. So @Megabooks lots of #changes and #challenges for me 😍

Megabooks So many of us have discovered audiobooks through Litsy! I think it‘s great. 👍🏻 I love your response! 4mo
kaysworld1 My reading style has broadened and I read a bit of everything now and not just classic's (although they are good). My understanding of feminism has grown considerably, I have learnt to write more interesting book reviews, I have found some amazing author's from all walks of life 💜☕♀️📚🌈 3mo
Freespirit Kay I love the wide range of books that are discussed on Litsy @kaysworld1 . I also love classics but have a huge and varied TBR list now🤗 3mo
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Kmmsellers
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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I‘ve had The Overstory on my list for ages and finally started reading it. I‘m such a dendrophile. The first chapter reminded me of a favorite tree of mine, one that I photograph in every season. It‘s beautiful in all of them.

mabell I learned a new word today! I am a dendrophile as well! 😄 4mo
Kmmsellers @mabell I only learned that word at the end of last year 😊 It‘s a great word, and I always love finding other kindred spirits 🌳🌳🌳 4mo
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Julsmarshall
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
Pickpick

Wow! Absolutely fantastic! My 1st 5 star read of the year. I can see why this one has received so many awards and accolades. The depth and layers the author has created in this multi generational, multi species novel is unlike anything else I‘ve ever read. He weaves the journeys of fascinating characters into a tapestry that resembles the forests that are the focus of, quite possibly, the earth‘s most important story. #greenreads ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Eyelit I just got this book and am really looking forward to it! One of my friends really loved it and I‘m glad to see littens enjoying it too 😃 4mo
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Brona
The Overstory | Richard Powers
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Sun and water are questions endlessly worth answering.

BarbaraBB Great pic! On vacation? 4mo
CarolynM 👋 I always enjoy seeing your posts. Looks like a nice spot for reading🙂 4mo
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