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The Overstory: A Novel
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
A monumental novel about reimagining our place in the living world, by one of our most prodigiously talented novelists (New York Times Book Review). The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 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 and five other strangers, each summoned in different ways by trees, are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continents few remaining acres of virgin forest. There is a world alongside oursvast, 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.
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TalesandTexts
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Mehso-so

While I agree that we need more books about conservation and climate advocacy, there were such strong underlying themes of racism and indigenous exclusionary behaviour in the book, that I just could not get behind it.

You can watch my video review here, where I discuss the problems I have with The Overstory and why we need to become more vocal about these issues - https://youtu.be/XMlg9Bjuw70

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AnneCecilie
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 3mo
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RobinGustafson
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Reading this with my aunt. It‘s been on my TBR for a long time so I was happy when she suggested it as our next book group read

SamAnne Oh, one of my favorites 4mo
RobinGustafson I‘m really enjoying it so far! 4mo
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traa
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Pickpick

The Overstory gives a powerful illustration of the importance of breaking out of our destructive systems as a culture. I only wish it had ended with some resources for readers who want to be involved - so here are a few I know of:
Who Gives a Crap (sustainable toilet paper company)
Forest Stewardship Council (oversight for sustainable paper products)
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (protecting rain forests)

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Lauriezp
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Pickpick

Wow. Left me speechless and moved like nothing I‘ve read in a long while. It was a tough read at times but so very worth the effort.

Leftcoastzen I felt the same way! 7mo
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Frankies.space
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Bailedbailed

Individual stories with trees as a central theme. So great writing but I just couldn‘t get into it.

Lisa_lost If you liked the writing you might like Bewilderment? I found the Overstory too long, too much, though thought the format was cool! 7mo
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jackday
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Pickpick

Quite the tome so proud I made it through. Loved the character setups in the beginning. The way Powers describes each gives all the details you want and need and no unnecessary ones. Fell in love with each of them. The second 2/3 of the book felt a bit draggy but overall v powerful. Def made me start paying hella more attention to the trees in my environment, which alone is a huge bonus.

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MrsHood
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About halfway through. Was reading this aloud to my husband, but he‘s not super into the book. Maybe I‘ll finish it on my own!

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candority
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My most recent #BookHaul, all from my favourite thrift store! 😊

BennettBookworm Gorgeous bookend!! 8mo
sarahbarnes Wow, those are great finds! 8mo
candority @sarahbarnes Right?! I‘m so excited about all of them 😊 8mo
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lynneamch
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While researching and writing this powerful novel, Powers moved to East Tennessee and decided to stay. He opened my eyes and soul to the understanding of how the lives of trees and humans are so deeply intertwined. Pic is highway heading to the Great Smokey #Mountains #SavvySettings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Gorgeous photo 👏🏻🏔❤️ 9mo
lynneamch Thanks @Eggs This is really a fun challenge. I'm enjoying looking through my pics and Litsy ""Books Read" list to pair up. 9mo
Eggs Well you are doing so well with your pairings! A pleasure to read/view 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love going to those mountains 🏔 🤍 9mo
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JillR
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• Best Reads of 2021 • These are my best ten reads of the year; the books that have captured, calmed and captivated me and that I couldn‘t put down. Happy New Year Littens, and thank you for the reading inspiration!

Mitch Great stack. You had a great year. Bodies of Light is my favourite Sarah Moss book. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 11mo
TrishB That‘s a great stack 👍🏻 11mo
JillR @mitch thank you. Bodies of Light was a surprise favourite, and I‘m currently reading and loving the sequel Signs for Lost Children… 11mo
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Mitch @JillR I‘ve read all but 2 on your stack and loved them all - so hastily adding the missing 2 to my TBR! 11mo
JillR Thanks @trishb, did that thing where I didn‘t think I‘d read anything really amazing this year then was surprised when I looked back! 11mo
JillR @mitch now intrigued as to what those 2 are! 11mo
JillR @mitch they are both great, I particularly loved The Other Bennet Sister, and Mary Lawson is a new-to-me-author who I can‘t wait to read more of! 11mo
rockpools How fantastic! I‘m going to have to investigate Mary Lawson. And seeing Sarah Moss on so many lists makes me want to catch up with her backlist (I adored Bodies of Light. Ally 💔). 11mo
Cathythoughts Shuggie ❤️ and Bodies of Light ❤️ and Hamnet ❤️ (edited) 11mo
JillR @rockpools my heart is breaking again for Ally in the sequel Songs for Lost Children which I‘m reading right now 💔 11mo
JillR @cathythoughts all so good! 11mo
rockpools @JillR I still haven‘t worked up to reading May‘s story - is it the Tidal Zone? Maybe this year. 11mo
JillR @rockpools it‘s Night Waking; I did read it quite a while ago, but it was before I‘d read Bodies of Light and I didn‘t get the May link, so am planning to reread it at some point! 11mo
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Readergrrl
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@Soubhiville How funny! We were direct matches for the #WinterSolsticeSwap and I had no idea! I love my gifts so much. Thank youuu!!! The irony is that the BN spruce soap (which you now know I gave you too) almost stayed home with me. I loved the scent so much but begrudgingly mailed it off to you. Serendipitous!! I think I‘ll read the tagged book first, but they all look so good. And I love those Yule cards! Thank you so much!

Soubhiville Isn‘t that funny? I thought it was the same but wasn‘t 100% sure. I love the scent too, now both our bathrooms will smell festive! 🤣 I hope you‘ll love the books. Happy Solstice! 11mo
DebinHawaii I love that you got each other the same soap! Wonderful box! 💚🌲🤍 11mo
Chrissyreadit Now I‘m totally curious about the soap 😍! 🤍❄️🤍❄️🤍❄️ 11mo
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Chrissyreadit Also I love the tarot cards- I‘m excited to see if there will be more for other Sabbats. The art is gorgeous, and the card meanings feel just right. 11mo
sprainedbrain I love it when people get each other the same awesome gifts! Love all of this! ❤️ 11mo
Mitch That‘s so funny xxxx 11mo
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Bookboss
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This novel begins almost as a series of short stories. Each character gets their own story, then the characters start to come together and interact. I found the beginning to be fairly fast-paced, but then the pace slows down as the characters meet each other. Powers does an excellent job of showing the interconnections between all living things, plants and animals. I didn‘t like all the characters, but they each one gave me things to think about.

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alysonimagines
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An epic story of people who love trees doing what they can to save them. Very well written but also very challenging—both the academic vocabulary and the intense drama.🔸#septemberreads2021

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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

Book 112

I listened to The Overstory, a book about trees, by Richard Powers. It's a novel with potential; it has heart, interwoven storylines, and compelling characters. It's too long, though. I don't know if I would have been able to sludge through actually reading it. ⭐⭐⭐

JLaurenceCohen Very funny to describe a Pulitzer winner as a novel "with potential," though there are certainly too many characters 14mo
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sherri
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The book is as wonderful as my reading companion.

Libby1 😻 1y
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sherri
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My weekend.

SamAnne Love that novel. 1y
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Cazxxx
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Leftcoastzen Great quote! Love this book 1y
Cazxxx @Leftcoastzen I‘m finding it quite hard work! It‘s beautifully written though 1y
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StellaB
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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to like this, it‘s had such amazing reviews. But I gave up pretty early on. Perhaps one for later.

marleed This one was tough for me too. I loved the nonfiction aspects about trees but the fictional story didn‘t warrant its length for me. 1y
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JillR
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Pickpick

When a book you‘re slightly scared of grabs you and doesn‘t let you go until the end, 625 pages later, you know it‘s a good one. I loved this so much. There‘s too much to it to try and describe here, but essentially this is the story of trees and the harm done to them, and the stories of those who have loved them or come to love them, those stories slowly, slowly coming together and intermingling 👇

JillR Parts oddly reminded me of Margaret Atwood‘s Oryx & Crake trilogy and I‘m still puzzling over why given this story is sadly our now, not a dystopian fantasy. 1y
readingjedi Great review, I loved this book too. 1y
TheLudicReader I don‘t know if you know the singer Jann Arden, but she did a Cameo on my birthday video and recommended this book to me. A book about trees doesn‘t sound like something I‘d like, but your review is making me reconsider. 1y
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kathedron Wonderful book! ❤️ 1y
SamAnne For me, it was one of my best reads in a decade. But I was active in the forest protection movement so it really resonated. I plan a reread of this one next year. 1y
JillR @readingjedi thank you 😊 1y
JillR @theludicreader a bookshop I trust highly recommended this but I‘d read mixed reviews and was worried it would be a bit too literary for me, but am so glad I gave it a go, it wasn‘t anything like I expected, try it! 😊 🌳 1y
JillR @SamAnne I am so pleased I liked it as I‘d read mixed reviews and went into it apprehensive, but then raced through it. A great book but such a sad and frustrating situation 🌳 1y
JillR @kathedron isn‘t it? 💚 1y
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sherri
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Sought this out at the library today. I wasn't expecting it to be so thick!

BkClubCare It‘s immersive! Hope you enjoy it 1y
SamAnne One of my faves! Begins with many different story threads but they do come together. 1y
Megabooks It‘s intimidated me with its length. Sounds like I should try it! 1y
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Leftcoastzen ❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts I remember some lovely writing in places ❤️ 1y
tpixie I kind of enjoyed it but I liked … better 4mo
tpixie @SamAnne yes- the threads do join! 4mo
sherri @SamAnne @tpixie I preferred the stories in the beginning. They drew me in. The rest of it was fine, but the first chunk was my favorite. 4mo
sherri @tpixie I have Lab Girl on my shelf from a library sale. Thanks for the recommendation! I'll have to get to that one soon. 4mo
sherri @Megabooks It is a lengthy book, for sure. I had to take my time with it and pausing a few times. I ended up returning the library edition and buying my own copy so I didn't feel rushed. 4mo
sherri @Cathythoughts I recall that as well. I underlined a few passages. 4mo
tpixie @sherri ☺️ 4mo
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MinnieTimperley
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1. In our bell tent.
2. Camp Night Owl
3. The Overstory by Richard Powers
4. To finish The Poisonwood Bible. Enjoying it, but it's taking me a while to read. I have just over 3 hours remaining according to Kindle and the next book on my TBR pile, Still Alice, is 7 hours so I am going to aim for 10.

Thank you @ImperfectCJ for the idea. I have been away from Litsy for months and this is the perfect return event.

#LitsySummerCampReadathon

RenePenn I really enjoyed Still Alice. 1y
Larkken Love the camp name! 1y
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Floresj
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Pickpick

The beginning of this book was wonderful- short stories as an introduction to each character. Then, the middle intertwines the characters. Though interesting, it was a bit long in the development of the final event. The end was interesting again and engaging. (The book did make me want to plant more trees.) As the message is similar, I preferred Braiding Sweetgrass as the book to drive home conservation.

tpixie You may also like 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Well I really liked Braiding Sweetgrass, and I loved Lab Girl, so I guess I better move this one up my to read list. 1y
Floresj @tpixie Yes! I really enjoyed Lab Girl- more than this one. I love Jahren‘s writing style. 1y
tpixie @Floresj me too! I was amazed at how much I liked it! 1y
SamAnne This is one of my favorite books of the decade. 1y
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Twainy
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Mehso-so

I LOVED half!

I DNF‘d half in my head.

I learned a lot about trees.

It got preachy. I started to wish I was a tree. Not everyone‘s spraying Aquanet into the air, clearcutting forests, starting forest fires …

So much of this book was lovely, knowledge, hope & I focused on that for my rating.

A great book if you really reallllly REALLY love trees.

So you‘ll either DNF the book, rate it 5⭐️ or you‘ll be like me & split the difference.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

marleed Omg! Like you said! Can I just copy your review, scroll down to my comment and paste what you wrote on top of mine! Lol!! 1y
Twainy @marleed I know I‘m in the minority. 😫 apologies to all of those who adored this book!! 🤗 (edited) 1y
marleed @Twainy I‘m still laughing at your review because it sums up my experience so perfectly. I wanted to love this because I worked so hard to finish it. I think about the American Chestnut so often on my walks now. But the actual story and characters- I don‘t think of them at all. 1y
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Twainy @marleed I‘m afraid this is exactly how I felt. It reminded me about grade school learning about trees. I really wanted to love this book. 🤗 1y
BarbaraBB Great review, I felt the same 1y
Twainy @BarbaraBB woo hoooo that‘s 3 of us!! 🤗😁 1y
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JoyBlue
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I'm *at least* putting a pin in this (but, maybe bailing—we'll see) at 18%. The stories so far are pretty interesting, but every one is such a downer. I need to be happy (or excited, or informed) right now.

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wideeyedreader
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ challenging and powerful, this book really got me thinking about trees!

Leftcoastzen I love this book so much ! 1y
Jess861 Just picked up this book and I'm so excited to read it!! 1y
wideeyedreader @Jess861 I‘d totally recommend it!! 1y
SamAnne One of my favorite reads ever and one I will reread. (edited) 1y
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Jess861
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Had to go into work for a bit this morning so I figured why not treat myself to some more books. Went to our local bookstore and picked up these three books (all on my TBR) to add to the stack of books I have. Can't wait to dig into these (even if it's years away 😉).

#BookHaul #TBR #IndieBookstore #ShopLocal

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wideeyedreader
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“First there was nothing.”
#firstlinefridays

Leftcoastzen Love this book! 1y
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kera_11
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“The best arguments in the world won‘t change a person‘s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story.”
A novel that could have been an academic journal but I‘m glad it wasn‘t; follows 9 (yes, nine) main characters and their varying lives and how they all essentially become activists for the protection of forests.

SamAnne One of my favorite books of the decade. 1y
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Meg8
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I‘m Midwesterner living in the desert. I miss my giant shade trees. Anyone have a tree that is of particular importance to you or your family‘s story? I do! Trees are not just tees to me. Beautiful writing about the human/tree connection, and much more than that.

Decalino I loved this book so much! 1y
SamAnne @Decalino me too . It is a book I will revisit. 1y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Pickpick

The characters in this book either passionately love trees & go to all costs to try to save them, or they learn to appreciate trees. It‘s an epic & intertwining story. Like many other readers, I felt the first part was strongest — that‘s when each chapter focuses on the story of individual characters. When they start meeting each other it gets a bit harder to track them. Overall, I really liked this memorable book.

Background: our backyard 💚

SamAnne One of my favorites. I‘m a treehugger! 1y
Reggie Awwww I love this picture. 1y
Cathythoughts I thought the first part strongest too ... beautiful picture... beautiful book 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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ValerieAndBooks @SamAnne 💚💚 I‘ve gotten to appreciate trees a lot more since living where there‘s so many 💚 1y
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie thanks! Most of the trees on our property are old growth tulip poplars….very tall! 1y
ValerieAndBooks @Cathythoughts yes, a very strong first part — if I were to re-read someday, it probably would be just that section 💚 1y
DivineDiana I bought this for my husband who was a member of the Township‘s Shade Tree Commission for years. High up on my #TBR list! 1y
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana has your husband read this yet? This would be a good one for both of you to discuss together! Let me know what you think when you get to it. 1y
DivineDiana He has almost finished it. He has just a few more pages, but is waiting for the right time to end the book. I want to read, but right now too many that I need to read first! Four New Book Club Books to start. 🙂 1y
ValerieAndBooks @divinediana So many books, so little time right?!📚📚💖 1y
DivineDiana Absolutely! 🙂 1y
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ValerieAndBooks
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It‘s been a while since I‘ve been on Litsy! Currently sitting in LAX airport waiting for my next connection. I was in NorCal for two weeks helping my mom out with her upcoming move. Picked this up at the airport bookstore— glad to see it because I‘ve been wanting to read this. Inset picture is redwoods right in my mom‘s backyard. I‘ll miss seeing them.

vivastory I've heard so many intriguing reviews about this book. I'll be interested to see what you think! 2y
vivastory Safe travels ✈️ 2y
BarbaraBB Must have been hard. Hope you are doing okay - and your mom too! 2y
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Suet624 Nice to see you again. 2y
Ruthiella I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts on The Overstory. I found it frustrating in parts but ultimately worth the read. 2y
LeahBergen I hope everything went well. 😘 2y
Reggie I hope you like this book. The first half was the strongest for me and the last half went over my head but I loved it and found a new appreciation for trees. 🌲 🌳 2y
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory I‘m really liking it so far! Into part 2 right now. Just haven‘t had the time for reading this month 😓 2y
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB it was hard in a lot of ways but my mom is a real trooper. It won‘t be easy for her adjusting to a new place but she‘s a strong person and it‘ll help that she‘ll be near my sister 💖 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 thanks! Things continue to be busy since I got back home, though! Barely any time to read or Litsy. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen it‘d have gone better if powder post beetles hadn‘t turned up in the inspection causing the buyers to back out...long story...but Mom is moving out anyway! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie I really enjoyed the first part where each chapter focuses on an individual — harder to keep track now but I think a lot of that has to do with that I‘ve barely had time to read since I got back home! 2y
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Reggie
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1. Yes, Boy Wonder by James Robert Baker.
2. Sometimes.
3. My goodness. When I read this book I wanted to go hug the tree outside. This book gave me a whole new appreciation for nature that I never had had before.

Thanks for the tag @LitStephanie sorry I was late.

Rissreads I adored this book too! 🌳 2y
kathedron Love the Overstory! I borrowed it from the library but mentioned it so much that my daughter bought me a copy. 💕 2y
LitStephanie Thanks for sharing! 2y
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Cathythoughts
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Thankyou @wanderinglynn for the tag 👍🏻❤️

I read In Cold Blood & Wuthering Heights more than once .... but I don‘t usually, too many books .. maybe in the future I‘ll reread some ( I think some people love it... as you do @wanderinglynn 😁

Not really , but I‘d admire a lovely cover

Overstory 💚
#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

Tagging all those who‘d like to join in 👍🏻💚

wanderinglynn Yes, I love rereading. It‘s like reconnecting with an old friend. ☺️ 2y
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️🌿📚 2y
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SamAnne
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Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94 ! 1. As a kid I read the Tolkien books and Narnia Chronicles many many times. As an adult I‘ve reread Zora Neale Hurston and Austen books more than once. I have decided to make more of an effort to reread books that are special to me. 2. The cover rarely influences my deciion except perhaps by grabbing my eye in a bookstore.

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing! Narnia & Austen are popular choices this week! 🌿☺️📚 2y
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Blaire
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Unpopular opinion. I wanted to love this but in the end it did not work for me. The first part where each character was introduced was the strongest and those short stories were beautiful, but as it moved into the long section it was too rambling and not compelling to me. The end didn‘t make sense given various statutes of limitations, I had a hard time suspending disbelief.

Ruthiella I totally agree with you! I‘m glad to have read it, however, because it was a message I needed to hear about the importance of trees environmentally. 2y
Blaire @Ruthiella completely. A lot of what I‘ve learned about trees was encompassed here, I just wish the middle part of the book had been edited differently. I‘ve started this book which is a lot like what is described by Westerford. 2y
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Pickpick

A little lengthy but other than that I really enjoyed this one!

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marleed
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Pickpick

I want to give this a pick - I‘ve been reading it for over a month. I loved - loved - the parts about the trees and even googled all sorts of info on the American Chestnut. But it‘s just soooo long, and the characters needed to drive the tale only engaged me when they were tangled in the branches of those beautiful trees. Dammit though, I‘m giving it a pick.

rockpools Gorgeous image! I‘m finding a few of these at the mo, where you really want to love it, but just don‘t quite! 2y
underground_bks Beautiful picture! Loved this book but it is a little dense at times—much like what it‘s named after! 2y
JenniferP Totally agree! The tree parts were 5 stars and the human parts 2 star! But the tree parts were SO GOOD! 2y
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SamAnne I loved this book so much. But I grew up surrounded by trees and am a tree hugger at heart. 2y
marleed @rockpools @underground_bks @JenniferP Thank you. I thought this book deserved a pretty snap of it. I‘m pretty sure in a few months I‘ll forget the harder parts for me to work through and simply remember the beautiful story of the trees. And that deserves a pic! 2y
marleed @SamAnne Haha. We love trees for the exact opposite reason! Although I grew up surrounded by forests of Lodgepole Pines (before beetles ravaged them!). My mining hometown was essentially devoid of trees and most vegetation- all the minerals, chemicals, and yes, poisons in the air - not too good for trees. My college campus was lush with trees though. I saw an acorn for the first time (imagine that!), and fell in love with deciduous trees! 2y
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Ruthiella
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“We don‘t make reality. We just evade it. So far. By looting natural capital and hiding the costs. But the bill is coming, and we won‘t be able to pay.”

As a novel, this book didn‘t quite work for me. But I believe in its message. This reader will never look at a tree quite the same again.

#LitsySpringBreak. Forest 🌲

TheKidUpstairs I feel like I need to be in the right brain space to take on this one 2y
Ruthiella @TheKidUpstairs Honestly, I felt he wrote better about trees than the human characters in the book. But still, it has stayed with me. 2y
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rmaclean4
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5 🌟
A Thousand Ships: Natalie Haynes 🎧
Summer Water: Sarah Moss 📖
The Overstory: Richard Powers 🎧
4.5 🌟
Here is the Beehive: Sarah Crossan 📖
4 🌟
Remote Control: Nnedi Okorafor 📖
When Time Stopped: Ariana Neuman 🎧
A People‘s Future of the United States: Ed Victor 📖
3.5 🌟
The Liar‘s Dictionary: Eley Williams 📖
Ninth House:Leigh Bardugo 🎧
Winterting: The Power of Rest and Retreat: Katherine May 📖

rmaclean4 3 🌟 The Last Garden in England: Julia Kelly 📖
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rmaclean4
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Pickpick

I have avoided this books for a couple of years and I don't know why I put it off. Amazing story telling with the scope that show (rather than tells) the connections in forests and in people over time. Buddhist AF! Loved it. I was gripped through out the novel. Loved the audio book. 5 🌟! I can not wait to go hiking this spring. This book makes me yern for the forrest.

RachelAmphlett Oh, I‘ve got this to read! Shall bump it up the list a bit 🙂 2y
rmaclean4 @RachelAmphlett hope you enjoy it! 2y
erank58 I've been procrastinating on this one for such a long time...seems intimidating, but all I've heard are good things! 2y
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rmaclean4 @erank58 dive in, you will not regret it. 2y
SamAnne One of my favorite reads. 2y
rmaclean4 @SamAnne amazing read! 2y
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andioop
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Ok I mean. I love this book. But it‘s an epic. It‘s not something you can just pick up casually. It took me AGES to get through. And it‘s hard work to read. But it actually has changed the way I look at life. I am moved.

BarbaraTheBibliophage And I just read it‘s being adapted for TV by the people who did Game of Thrones! 2y
SamAnne One of the best reads of mine in 10 years. It hit home for me--grew up in a small NW U.S. logging town, turned me into a conservationist. I'm a damn treehugger! 2y
SamAnne One of the best reads of mine in 10 years. It hit home for me--grew up in a small NW U.S. logging town, turned me into a conservationist. I'm a damn treehugger! 2y
Cathythoughts Adapted for TV @BarbaraTheBibliophage that will be interesting.. I loved this book 2y
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andioop
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers

Need some inspo to finish this in time for book club. It‘s good. But sooooo long. And pretty slow. Prayers up for your girl.

britt_brooke I loved this one, but it‘s super long, especially as a book club selection. Good luck! 2y
andioop @britt_brooke thanks !! 2y
AnneCecilie I loved this one as well. Especially the parts about trees, so much so that I read nonfiction book about trees afterwards, and will probably read more about trees. 2y
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LMJenkins
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I haven't read this book yet, but I want to and this series sounds great!

“David Benioff and D.B. Weiss brought to life some towering creatures when they adapted “Game of Thrones” for HBO, but now they‘re tackling some real giants. Their new project is adapting Richard Powers‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Overstory,” about the fundamental role that trees play on planet Earth.“

SamAnne Oh wow! I will keep a look out for that series! 2y
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amyrohn
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Pickpick

I‘ve had hits and misses with Pulitzer winners, so I‘m happy to say this one was a hit! This sweeping environmental saga aims to remind us just how connected we are to nature. The prose is beautiful and made me feel like branches were wrapping me in a tree hug. Check out my full review: https://amysbookreviews.com/2021/02/10/the-overstory-by-richard-powers-review/

SamAnne One of he best books I‘ve read this decade. 2y
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LightMatterGoods
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“What you make from a tree should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down.” The Overstory by Richard Powers

I don‘t think I‘m there yet, but it‘s a good goal to strive for.

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Addison_Reads
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I'm giving this a Pick even though it was difficult for me to get into, and I felt like it was too long. However, I loved the way Powers connected the human world with the natural world to point out we benefit from nature and also how we as humans are harmful to nature.

I wrote so many quotes down while reading this one. 😀

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Well-ReadNeck
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Panpan

I tried (multiple times) to enjoy this book. But, I just DID. NOT. I found this review that sort of nails it tor me: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/books/2018/dec/18/how-could-the...

Susanita I tried to read this on the recommendation of a dear friend, but I just couldn't get into it after the first few chapters. (I bailed on Cloud Atlas too!) 2y
bnp Ah, well, we can't all like the same things. 2y
Ruthiella I appreciated his message but I didn‘t love this book either. 2y
Blaire So happy to see this review. I really thought I would love this, but only part one worked for me. 2y
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AnneCecilie
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Day 2 of #12Booksof2020

A book about 9 people and their relationship to trees and what they are willing to save the trees that are important to them.

I loved this one so much that I read a nonfiction book about threes afterwards. And I will read more about trees.

Crazeedi I think I need to read! 2y
Andrew65 This sounds great. 2y
bnp I liked this one a lot. And that's a beautiful cover! 2y
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Petelord
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Love this book (despite not truly loving the last quarter). The character are all vivid and bounce off the page. I feel as though I also learned a lot about trees. I thought provoking read.