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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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Decalino
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This book affected me so deeply. It's about trees, and the interconnected lives of several people, but that is such an inadequate description. It evoked memories of the woods of my childhood, sense memories from a time when I had a profound emotional connection to nature. The author brilliantly reflects the growing sense of despair about the future of our natural world, but balances it with enough love and hope to inspire action. A new favorite.

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britt_brooke
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Michele - Thank you SO much for my holiday swap gifts. 💚 I‘m so excited for all of the books!! Love everything! So thoughtful. 🤗🎄🎁

#bookhaul
#nashvillemeetup
#nashvillelittens
#meetup

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Tonton
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I went to return library books and couldn‘t walk out without books. Then I had to kill time before a meeting so browsed a bookstore and don‘t know how it happened but bought the tagged book😎

morgan_lionheart It's the best book I read all year! You won't regret it! 2d
Cathythoughts I loved tagged book 👍🏻❤️ 2d
Tonton #morgan_lionheart #Cathythoughts Planning to start tomorrow ! 2d
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Croissonter
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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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Emilymdxn
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My #top10ofthedecade #fictionedit is 12 books I admit but if you ask me to trim any of them I‘ll cry. These books published this decade have all made a big impact on me. The Overstory is a strong contender for my favourite book of all time, I only read it two years ago but like with love at first sight I guess sometimes you ‘just know‘. I‘m excited for what writers will have to tell us in the next decade.

Kalalalatja Strong picks you have there! 5d
Amiable “Americanah” is definitely going to make my top 10 list —SUCH a fabulous book! 5d
Cathythoughts Yes The Overstory will be in my list too 5d
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BarbaraBB Great choices! 5d
saresmoore Love these picks! 5d
Scochrane26 Americanah will be on my list, too. And I love Homegoing.. 5d
Liz_M Richard Powers is quite the writer! I really need to find time for The Overstory. 4d
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Anna40
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Book store browsing in Georgetown today. I loved browsing in a good book store :) I bought The Overstory and ate in a French Bakery @JulietteGF @Faibka ;)

JulietteGF That's the way to do it ;) 2w
Anna40 @JulietteGF Oh yes! 😊 2w
Faibka How cool! ❤️ 2w
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Abailliekaras
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A superb book. Thought-provoking, it‘s a call to action but more importantly it‘s beautifully written, with interesting characters & a great story. It builds in a tree structure: ‘roots‘ for characters‘ beginnings & in ‘trunk‘ they‘re established & go on a journey. Changed how I look at trees & reminded me of the joy & awe in nature when we‘re young. Warmth in tone & whimsy give hope rather than depress. Vivid scenes - I wanted to go there! 🌳

Emilymdxn I‘m so glad you loved it as much as I did! 3w
Lindy Great review! 3w
kathedron Glorious book! ❤ 3w
Abailliekaras @lindy thank you! 3w
Abailliekaras @Emilymdxn @kathedron I‘m obsessed. ☺️ 3w
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Cathythoughts
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#MOvember #HumanNature I read this recently, so good ! This is my favorite cover of the book. Humans & trees 🌲 Humans & Nature ❤️💔

erzascarletbookgasm 👏 good interpretation! 1mo
Balibee146 Stacked... This looks so good 1mo
Cinfhen Nicely played!!! #TreeWhisperer 1mo
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Caroline2 I need to move this up my tbr pile; it‘s been on my shelf for a year now!!! 🤦‍♀️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @Balibee146 it is good 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @Caroline2 look forward to your thoughts whenever you get there 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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inmegslibrary
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“You can‘t see what you don‘t understand. But what you think you understand, you‘ll fail to notice.”

charl08 Wow! Beautiful image. 1mo
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Abailliekaras
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Reading ‘The Overstory‘ is making me see trees in a whole new light 🌳. This avenue and our street were planted with English Oak and English Elm trees in memory of our fallen soldiers after WW1. 🌺

Cinfhen So beautiful and yes, I have a deep gratitude for trees after reading 1mo
Cathythoughts Just finished Overstory yesterday .... I agree , I see the trees 👍🏻❤️ beautiful pic (edited) 1mo
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen @cathythoughts thank you! I feel a book hangover coming on after I finish this one. 😉 1mo
Blaire Heard so many good things about this one...need to make time for it. 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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“ Something in the air‘s scent commands the woman: Close your eyes & think of willow. The weeping you see will be wrong. Picture an acacia thorn. Nothing in your thought will be sharp enough. What hovers right above you? What floats over your head right now- now? Trees even farther away join in
The pine she leans against says : Listen. There‘s something you need to hear. “
5⭐️

I love walking with my dogs in the woods even more now 👍🏻❤️

TrishB Lovely ❤️👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks! 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow 5 stars for this tome! Nice review! 1mo
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batsy Wow... Lovely quote 💫 1mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks! I really enjoyed it ! Definitely a prize winning book ! 1mo
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks.. I‘m walking my dogs in the woods & the trees are making me cry ... precious 1mo
Kalalalatja Such a great book! 1mo
Cathythoughts @Kalalalatja Isn‘t it ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB You finished it! Great review. 💙 1mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB thanks! I really enjoyed it 1mo
Balibee146 Wow..... This just moved right up the top of my purchase list ❤️ 1mo
readordierachel Love this review ❤ 1mo
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Abailliekaras
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My children building a tree-house this morning. Very on-point with my current read! 😝🌳

Tamra 👌🏾 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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#BookReport Still reading & still in love with The Overstory.... hopefully finish this week. A pure pleasure to read 👍🏻❤️

Cinfhen Oh, I‘m so glad you‘re still feeling Overstory 💚 1mo
arubabookwoman My favorite read last year. 1mo
TrishB Sounds lovely ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @arubabookwoman @TrishB just about to settle down to it for Sunday afternoon 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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Abailliekaras
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My flight read (en route to Sydney this morning). I am loving this! 📖🥰

Tamra I am so ready to read this one! 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘m reading it at the moment too ... really good 1mo
Abailliekaras @Cathythoughts I‘m loving it more and more as I go on! 1mo
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Gruru
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How do you review this giant of a book. At first it seems it is short stories. Unconnected except that the overarching subject is the tree. But as the book unfolds you realise that like the trees themselves they have rooted and branched connections. Characters who are the same. The same causes to be fought for, the same trees in different places and times. It is the best book I have read in a long time. Very pertinent too with mass extinctions.

Leftcoastzen Great review!🌲🌳🍃 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review! I‘m reading this one just now 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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OVERSTORY ❤️ She takes his shaking hand in the dark. It feels good, like a root must feel, when it finds, after centuries, another root to pleach to underground. There are a hundred thousand species of love, separately invented, each more ingenious than the last, and every one of them keeps making things.

This book is blowing me away. ❤️💔
( Pic of a tree on our dog walk)

Emilymdxn So glad you‘re enjoying this one! It‘s probably one of my favourite books ever it‘s so incredible 1mo
Cathythoughts @Emilymdxn I‘m loving it ... I‘m about 190 pages in & I‘m interested to see how it goes from here as a lot of reviews say it changes at this point & becomes a more difficult read .... 🤞🏻 1mo
batsy Beautiful quote 💕 1mo
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Cathythoughts @batsy have you read this one Suba ? There are quotes like this on every page ❤️ 1mo
batsy I haven't yet, Cathy! But I definitely want to 1mo
Reggie There‘s videos on YouTube of him reading parts of this book and when I watched some my spirit got lighter and my blood pressure went down a couple points. Beautiful quote! 1mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie I must have a listen ...that is so interesting , I had a similar experience last night - as I‘ve been a bit stressed the last week .... but as I settled into this book last night I found my heart beat slowing & I found some peace. Powerful stuff Reggie 1mo
Cathythoughts @batsy 👍❤️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen I was extremely moved by this book. 1mo
Cathythoughts @Leftcoastzen yes! Me too ❤️✨👍🏻 1mo
Tamra I covet this book every time I see a post! I wish audio was available so I could get to it sooner. (edited) 1mo
Tamra @Reggie I need to check it out! 1mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I was thinking of you & was going to tag you about it 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 🤗 I will get to it over the break. It might have to be a Mrs. Claus present to myself. 😄 1mo
youneverarrived Ah that is lovely 💚💚 1mo
readordierachel How beautiful. Must read this 💕 1mo
TrishB First review that‘s made me want to read it! 1mo
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pigeonsandcrows
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This book is due back at my library tomorrow and 4 people have holds on it behind me. I can't say I'll be rushing to get back in line for it. I love the idea- reimagining the relationship between humans and trees, a new understanding of trees- but after 250 pages, I have become quite bored with the multiple virtually indistinguishable human characters and their stories and there are still another 250 pages to go. Just not a good fit for me. Bail.

merelybookish I found this a slog. 1mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @merelybookish Slog is a great word for my experience with it. 1mo
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LiteraryOverwhelm
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Almost finished with this beautiful book. I am more in love with trees than ever before.

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pigeonsandcrows
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I've been struggling with this one for a while. I haven't given up, but it's not getting any easier. The writing is good and the concept is very appealing- trees communicating with humans and whatnot- but it's just not drawing me in by the halfway point.

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Cathythoughts
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#WeeklyForecast
Plan A : The Overstory, I‘ve started & it‘s very good & it‘s long .. it will take me at least the week ... if I get into it.
Also , look over The Testaments for Friday night Bookclub - when we will be dressing up as Handmaids ( or whichever character we want ) 👍❤️excited !

Plan B : I‘m not sure 🤔

JennyM I‘m already looking forward to pics of your bookclub 😊👏🏼 1mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM thanks! I know , it should be fun 😁 1mo
RachelO Hope you enjoy The Overstory - I started it but was scuppered by library due dates - it‘s one I want to get back to some day. 1mo
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Cinfhen That is soooooo fun!!!! You better post a picture of your bookclub 🥰😘 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ll be curious to see how you do with 1mo
TrishB The book club sounds fab! 1mo
Cathythoughts @RachelO thanks! It‘s off to a great start .... I hope I can do it , as I hear it gets a bit tougher to concentrate as the story goes on 🤞🏻 really beautiful writing 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @TrishB thanks! Looking forward to Bookclub, I‘ll take pics 👍❤️ I‘ve got my Handmaids dress & bonnet ready 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Overstory is really good so far 🤞🏻 1mo
Cinfhen I LOVED the first part of Overstory but it slowly started to become a chore by mid way. I do think the scientific info about trees was brilliant. That will definitely stay with me 1mo
Tanisha_A Eee, looking forward to seeing pictures from bookclub night! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm This Friday sounds fun! Can‘t wait to see pics! 1mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A thanks! Should be good 👍❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie. We are excited 👍❤️ 1mo
readordierachel Book club sounds like it'll be a great time! Looking forward to the full report 😊 1mo
Cathythoughts @readordierachel thanks! Should be interesting ! We are an opinionated group 😁 1mo
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shadowspeak17
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️
I thought the first part was really good. The introductions to the characters and how trees played into their individual histories had me like 😍🌲 But then the rest was very up and down for me. After their great set up, I thought the characters felt pretty meh after that and things moved at a pace that felt too slow in some places and too fast in others. ⬇️

shadowspeak17 I‘m using this for #booked2019 #RemindsYouOfYourHappyPlace because I love being around trees. 😊

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick for that prompt! 👊🏻♥️📚 1mo
Crazeedi Purrrfect pic!!😸 1mo
Cinfhen Exactly how I felt about this book!!! After such a careful and beautifully crafted introduction (about 200 pages) this book became a CHORE to get through. Our bookclub all felt similar. 1mo
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Gezemice
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A magnum opus, it is brilliant, heavy, complex, and long, written in dazzling prose. Powers pours his tree-soul into this novel. Sprawling, spanning centuries, entangled, wild, resigned, like old growth forests. Leafing in too many directions, but each branch is complex, living, breathing, poetic, and beautiful. Metculously drawn characters, their passions, trees and humans - which will survive? Grief of death but also hope. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Gezemice A complex book, brilliant, but also somewhat tedious, in the vein of Moby Dick. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2996562174 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. Another of my favorites for the year. 2mo
Gezemice @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you! It is one of those books where I did not feel like anything about the plot or characters would be useful to mention - it is an overall feeling that I took away from it. 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice For sure. It‘s impossible to explain its scope and depth. 2mo
Reggie Really nice review!! I loved this book. 2mo
Gezemice @Reggie Thank you! So much is in this book. 2mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 169: Simulacrum with Jon Sealy.
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Jenny sits down in the Reading Envy Pub with author and publisher Jon Sealy. After we talk about the state of publishing and Jon's current projects, we also discuss books we've read and liked recently. Some books are just better in audio, some are necessarily dark, while others clear away the gloom.
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https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy169

Cathythoughts Just had a listen ! Really enjoyed - I‘m learning so much from your podcasts !! I‘m going to give Overstory a go ... yeer discussion was inspiring... I love Tana French too ... interesting to hear yeer take. Thankyou ! (edited) 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Cathythoughts thanks for listening! Jon really made me want to go back and read more Tana French. 2mo
andrew61 I listened this morning jenny and a really interesting episode, i would like to have a look at jon's new venture, does he have website as some of thebooks he is publishing sounded interesting. Wasn't sure abt the overstory but think ill add it to next year's planned reads as well as the border officers story. 1mo
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ReadingEnvy @andrew61 yes I link to it from the show notes of that episode, called haywire books. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 I have my eye on more tree books too - 1mo
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nikirtehsuxlol
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When you think you made a lot of progress on an ebook and then you get the physical copy and realize you‘re not even halfway through 🤨

Gezemice Haha! It is loooong! 2mo
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shadowspeak17
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1. The Overstory (Powers)
2. Lanny (Porter)
3. Confessions (Minato) Technically, I gave it 4.5 stars, but I‘ve been pretty stingy with my 5 stars this year (only 2 so far).
#weekendreads

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jen_hayes7
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London Review Bookstore was an excellent stop. Has an adorable cafe attached (though we‘d just snacked at the nearby British Museum). A definite must shop if you‘re in the area!! I‘m very fortunate that my other half understands that visiting local bookstores is a must while on vacation. #london

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nikirtehsuxlol
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I didn‘t finish this by the time it was due back at the library, so my hold finally came through and we‘re picking up where I left off! 🍂

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bernadette
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I've been getting most of my books through the library, which I think is a good thing, but today I had the urge to buy The Overstory. A local shop is holding a book discussion on it in November and this seems like the kind of book I would like to discuss.

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“You know, you look at those mountains, and you think: Civilization will fade away, but that will go on forever. Only, civilization is snorting like a steer on growth hormones, and those mountains are going down.”

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litsybookclub
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Discussion Question Number Three.

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Discussion Question Number Two.

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Discussion Question Number One.

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Daisey
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Mehso-so

For most of this book, I considered it a borderline pick, but in the end I‘m going with so-so because it just did not live up to my expectations after all those pages. I enjoyed the early story portions and time in the giant tree the best. Some parts were beautiful and fascinating, but other parts came across to me as long winded and sometimes unclear. Pieces I hoped to see build and connect in great ways lost their intensity.

#LitsyBookClub

Daisey I read a good portion of this as an ebook but also switched to the #audiobook for parts in order to finish by this weekend. The narrator was good, but personally I preferred reading this story in print. 3mo
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litsybookclub
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We hope you‘ll join us for our live discussion of The Overstory by Richard Powers tomorrow at 2pm ET. Here is the link to join our discussion:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2104086391

Abailliekaras On my shelf at the moment! 3mo
tpixie @Daisey thanks! I‘ll put it on my TBR (edited) 3mo
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Susanita
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#7covers7days #covercrush #lastday

Yes explanation! When a dear coworker enthusiastically recommends a book, you put it on your #TBR list immediately.

Tag yourself if you want to play along.

RachelO That‘s a pretty cover - I hadn‘t seen that version of it 😍 3mo
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Daisey
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With our #LitsyBookClub discussion coming up quickly, I gave in and added the audio along with my Kindle copy. This morning was a beautiful time to listen, but I think I like reading this book better than listening so I‘m still going back and forth when I can.

#audiobook

TalecArashi Oh, what a lovely photo :D 3mo
Daisey @TalecArashi Thanks! It was a beautiful sunrise as I left for work this morning. ☀️ 3mo
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Pedrocamacho
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There is little that I can say about The Overstory that wouldn‘t, ultimately, spoil something interesting. I loved the characters. I loved that trees and living things are front and center.

Pedrocamacho Everything looks like a tree metaphor to me now. 😊 Also, I miss Maidenhair and Watchman already. I wanted more time with them in the tree 😊 3mo
Reggie @Pedrocamacho you can go on YouTube and lookup the video of the worlds oldest trees and it‘s sad but one was in Africa until someone recently drove their car into it. But some of those trees are centuries old. I looked it up because of this book which I also loved. 3mo
Pedrocamacho @Reggie I will definitely look that video up. I've hiked through some Bristlecone Pines out here in Colorado...also centuries old. The description of the millennia old root systems was surprising too; growing since before humans had any sort of writing; I honestly had no idea. BTW, there's a great author talk on YouTube with Powers at Shakespeare & Co. 3mo
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Rjcteacher
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I was enlightened about trees (and I did not think I was unenlightened to begin) and grew to know and admire the characters. Big and American and ultimately powerful...

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ImperfectCJ
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Another Overstory cover, especially for @Caroline2 🙂

Caroline2 Ohhhhhh 😯 what a lovely edition!!! 😍 thanks for posting! 😀 3mo
Caroline2 I think I prefer your edition thinking about it. 🤔 3mo
ImperfectCJ @Caroline2 Until your post, it's the only version I'd seen, but I like it, too. It seems almost like it's camouflaged. 3mo
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Caroline2
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I couldn‘t choose a final book for day 7 of #7days7covers #covercrush so here‘s 4 and I still need to read them all. 🤦‍♀️ I‘ve really enjoyed this challenge! So lovely to see everyone‘s beautiful books! 💖

ImperfectCJ I almost included the Overstory cover I have, which is different from the one you have here. It's interesting to see different covers on the same book, especially when more than one of them is attractive. 3mo
Caroline2 @ImperfectCJ ohhhh you‘ll have to post your cover now!!! 😆 I love seeing alternative covers!! 👀 3mo
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KatieB
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Just started this and whilst the prologue had me a little worried that the language would go over my head, I was thoroughly invested in the first chapter. It's a good start!

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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There are nine major human characters in this novel. Plus countless trees and forests, which became also characters for me. The narrator tackles all of it herself, and is excellent. The story made me sad, angry, hopeless, hopeful, and did make me laugh occasionally. Mostly I was captivated by the way all of the humans are changed by the trees in their lives. And how they go on after.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Great review! 3mo
Readerann Agree with all you said, especially with the myriad of adjectives! 3mo
kathedron I adored this book! 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I just finished reading for the @litsybookclub and loved it! 3mo
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tattersalt
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I'm only on page 27 so I need to keep giving this a chance but I'm feeling a bit bored by this book at the moment...

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3mo
tpixie @rather_be_reading welcome to Litsy! It took me from 8/23 - 9/21 to finish this book. On audio. But I listened to it for @LitsyBookClub, so I finished. There‘s some real beautiful parts, but it‘s looong. 3mo
tattersalt Thanks for the welcome everyone! Hmm ok @tpixie, good to know, thanks! I‘m on holidays for a week so I might pick it back up while I have time for a slow burn. 3mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 3mo
tattersalt Thank you @Nute! 🥰 3mo
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Kathrin
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I am still enjoying this book!

tpixie I liked this quote also ♥️ 3mo
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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???) 3mo
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. 😢 3mo
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. 😔 3mo
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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. 3mo
Crazeedi @DGRachel we've had to cut down dead ash trees and a pear that died so I get it! 3mo
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. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @SauerPatch I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. Trees are so vital to our world. 3mo
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. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Hooked_on_books Exactly how I feel! 3mo
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 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 😊 3mo
LibrarianRyan Here‘s hoping they plant new ones. 3mo
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. 🤗🌳 3mo
tpixie Another great tree book 📚 🌳 ♥️ 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tpixie I thought more than once about re-reading Lab Girl while I was reading The Overstory. I loved that memoir! 3mo
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Kathrin
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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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! 🌳🌸🐶🎧📚🌳 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Fun collage!! And I agree, cute puppy! 3mo
Daisey Great collage and a very appropriate setting for appreciating this book. 3mo
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! 3mo
Kathrin @Theresa Yes, I was worried that I don't like it too, but I am still into it. It really makes me think. 3mo
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Cait.Gibs
Overstory | Richard Powers
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Life changing.

gossamerchild Ooh, I'm reading this right now! I've heard so many great things about it. 3mo
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Melmar
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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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
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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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! 😂 3mo
Megabooks Lol!! I loved that line about saving trees! Great review! 3mo
Cinfhen The first part was fantastic @DivineDiana @Megabooks but then the preaching began and it was like a never ending sermon 🙄 3mo
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LauraBeth Ha 😂 great review! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😆 your review! 👍 3mo
KarenUK Unstacked! 😂 3mo
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 😘 3mo
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 😊 3mo
KarenUK 😘😘😘😘 3mo
BarbaraBB I know exactly what you mean. Way too long despite the interesting point of view. Love your view, by the way 😍 3mo
Ruthiella Agree! Started strong but by the end I was bored. But lots of readers loved it! 😀 3mo
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. 3mo
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 3mo
Cinfhen @BookwormM PREACH 🙌🏻❣️😁 3mo
BarbaraBB @BookwormM Yes!! Smart! 3mo
Daisey I just finished this had some similar thoughts throughout the book. There were parts I truly enjoyed and others I felt were unnecessary or just long winded. @BookwormM The idea of a digital only to make a point also occurred to me. 3mo
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