Read: The Overstory

One of the best books I’ve read in a long, long while. And yes, I just came out of the woods after two days of isolation, and yes, this book made me look at the surrounding trees in entirely new ways but trust me when I tell you this is a book you want to read. This is a tour de writing force.

Trees. But there’s more. People, nature, strife, connectedness. How have we learned to unsee? I wish the book had a happy ending, but don’t be one of those people who stick their heads in the sand and say “I don’t want to know,” or “There is already so much negative.” Those beliefs are how we got here.

Richard Power’s “The Overstory,” won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. Last time I checked that still meant something. A signal for those of us searching the stacks for something golden. He, and now I, just saved you some time. I was amazed by the character development and through a high number of characters at that. As if the author was multiple authors channeling so many different kinds of people.

Get it, read it.

3 Comments on “Read: The Overstory”

  1. Yes, one of the best books I have read in the past five years at least. Read it about seven months ago, and worth a second read for sure.

  2. This sounds like a great book, i’m going to pick it up this weekend. If your into interesting info on trees there’s a great little book called “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate” by Peter Wohlleben. Its a nice read and something you can pick up occasionally and read on a by chapter basis.

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