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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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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! 3d
Balibee146 Stacked... This looks so good 3d
Cinfhen Nicely played!!! #TreeWhisperer 3d
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Caroline2 I need to move this up my tbr pile; it‘s been on my shelf for a year now!!! 🤦‍♀️ 3d
Cathythoughts @Balibee146 it is good 👍🏻❤️ 2d
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks 👍🏻❤️ 2d
Cathythoughts @Caroline2 look forward to your thoughts whenever you get there 👍🏻❤️ 2d
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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. 4d
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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 6d
Cathythoughts Just finished Overstory yesterday .... I agree , I see the trees 👍🏻❤️ beautiful pic (edited) 6d
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen @cathythoughts thank you! I feel a book hangover coming on after I finish this one. 😉 6d
Blaire Heard so many good things about this one...need to make time for it. 6d
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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 ❤️👍🏻 7d
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks! 👍🏻❤️ 7d
erzascarletbookgasm Wow 5 stars for this tome! Nice review! 7d
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batsy Wow... Lovely quote 💫 7d
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks! I really enjoyed it ! Definitely a prize winning book ! 7d
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks.. I‘m walking my dogs in the woods & the trees are making me cry ... precious 7d
Kalalalatja Such a great book! 7d
Cathythoughts @Kalalalatja Isn‘t it ❤️ 7d
BarbaraBB You finished it! Great review. 💙 7d
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB thanks! I really enjoyed it 6d
Balibee146 Wow..... This just moved right up the top of my purchase list ❤️ 3d
readordierachel Love this review ❤ 17h
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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 👌🏾 1w
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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 💚 1w
arubabookwoman My favorite read last year. 1w
TrishB Sounds lovely ❤️ 1w
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @arubabookwoman @TrishB just about to settle down to it for Sunday afternoon 👍🏻❤️ 1w
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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! 1w
Cathythoughts I‘m reading it at the moment too ... really good 1w
Abailliekaras @Cathythoughts I‘m loving it more and more as I go on! 1w
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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!🌲🌳🍃 1w
Cathythoughts Lovely review! I‘m reading this one just now 👍🏻❤️ 1w
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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 1w
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 .... 🤞🏻 1w
batsy Beautiful quote 💕 1w
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Cathythoughts @batsy have you read this one Suba ? There are quotes like this on every page ❤️ 1w
batsy I haven't yet, Cathy! But I definitely want to 1w
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! 1w
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 1w
Cathythoughts @batsy 👍❤️ 1w
Leftcoastzen I was extremely moved by this book. 1w
Cathythoughts @Leftcoastzen yes! Me too ❤️✨👍🏻 1w
Tamra I covet this book every time I see a post! I wish audio was available so I could get to it sooner. (edited) 1w
Tamra @Reggie I need to check it out! 1w
Cathythoughts @Tamra I was thinking of you & was going to tag you about it 👍🏻❤️ 1w
Tamra @Cathythoughts 🤗 I will get to it over the break. It might have to be a Mrs. Claus present to myself. 😄 1w
youneverarrived Ah that is lovely 💚💚 1w
readordierachel How beautiful. Must read this 💕 1w
TrishB First review that‘s made me want to read it! 1w
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pigeonsandcrows
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Bailedbailed

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. 2w
BarbaraBB Me too! 1w
pigeonsandcrows @merelybookish Slog is a great word for my experience with it. 1w
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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 😊👏🏼 2w
Cathythoughts @JennyM thanks! I know , it should be fun 😁 2w
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. 2w
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Cinfhen That is soooooo fun!!!! You better post a picture of your bookclub 🥰😘 2w
Cinfhen I‘ll be curious to see how you do with 2w
TrishB The book club sounds fab! 2w
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 2w
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @TrishB thanks! Looking forward to Bookclub, I‘ll take pics 👍❤️ I‘ve got my Handmaids dress & bonnet ready 2w
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Overstory is really good so far 🤞🏻 2w
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 2w
Tanisha_A Eee, looking forward to seeing pictures from bookclub night! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm This Friday sounds fun! Can‘t wait to see pics! 2w
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A thanks! Should be good 👍❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie. We are excited 👍❤️ 2w
readordierachel Book club sounds like it'll be a great time! Looking forward to the full report 😊 2w
Cathythoughts @readordierachel thanks! Should be interesting ! We are an opinionated group 😁 2w
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shadowspeak17
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Mehso-so

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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! 👊🏻♥️📚 2w
Crazeedi Purrrfect pic!!😸 2w
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. 2w
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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 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. Another of my favorites for the year. 3w
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. 3w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice For sure. It‘s impossible to explain its scope and depth. 3w
Reggie Really nice review!! I loved this book. 3w
Gezemice @Reggie Thank you! So much is in this book. 3w
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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) 4w
ReadingEnvy @Cathythoughts thanks for listening! Jon really made me want to go back and read more Tana French. 4w
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. 3d
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ReadingEnvy @andrew61 yes I link to it from the show notes of that episode, called haywire books. 3d
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 I have my eye on more tree books too - 3d
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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! 3w
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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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lkurgs
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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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litsybookclub
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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. 2mo
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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! 2mo
tpixie @Daisey thanks! I‘ll put it on my TBR (edited) 2mo
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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 😍 2mo
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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 2mo
Daisey @TalecArashi Thanks! It was a beautiful sunrise as I left for work this morning. ☀️ 2mo
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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 😊 2mo
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. 2mo
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. 2mo
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Rjcteacher
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Pickpick

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! 😀 2mo
Caroline2 I think I prefer your edition thinking about it. 🤔 2mo
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. 2mo
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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. 2mo
Caroline2 @ImperfectCJ ohhhh you‘ll have to post your cover now!!! 😆 I love seeing alternative covers!! 👀 2mo
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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! 2mo
Readerann Agree with all you said, especially with the myriad of adjectives! 2mo
kathedron I adored this book! 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I just finished reading for the @litsybookclub and loved it! 2mo
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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 2mo
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. 2mo
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. 2mo
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!🙂 2mo
tattersalt Thank you @Nute! 🥰 2mo
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Kathrin
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I am still enjoying this book!

tpixie I liked this quote also ♥️ 2mo
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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???) 2mo
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. 😢 2mo
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. 😔 2mo
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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. 2mo
Crazeedi @DGRachel we've had to cut down dead ash trees and a pear that died so I get it! 2mo
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. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @SauerPatch I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. Trees are so vital to our world. 2mo
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. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Hooked_on_books Exactly how I feel! 2mo
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 2mo
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. 2mo
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. 😊 2mo
LibrarianRyan Here‘s hoping they plant new ones. 2mo
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. 🤗🌳 2mo
tpixie Another great tree book 📚 🌳 ♥️ 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tpixie I thought more than once about re-reading Lab Girl while I was reading The Overstory. I loved that memoir! 2mo
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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! 🌳🌸🐶🎧📚🌳 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Fun collage!! And I agree, cute puppy! 2mo
Daisey Great collage and a very appropriate setting for appreciating this book. 2mo
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! 2mo
Kathrin @Theresa Yes, I was worried that I don't like it too, but I am still into it. It really makes me think. 2mo
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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. 2mo
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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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Mehso-so

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! 😂 2mo
Megabooks Lol!! I loved that line about saving trees! Great review! 2mo
Cinfhen The first part was fantastic @DivineDiana @Megabooks but then the preaching began and it was like a never ending sermon 🙄 2mo
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LauraBeth Ha 😂 great review! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😆 your review! 👍 2mo
KarenUK Unstacked! 😂 2mo
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 😘 2mo
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 😊 2mo
KarenUK 😘😘😘😘 2mo
BarbaraBB I know exactly what you mean. Way too long despite the interesting point of view. Love your view, by the way 😍 2mo
Ruthiella Agree! Started strong but by the end I was bored. But lots of readers loved it! 😀 2mo
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. 2mo
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 2mo
Cinfhen @BookwormM PREACH 🙌🏻❣️😁 2mo
BarbaraBB @BookwormM Yes!! Smart! 2mo
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. 2mo
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Cinfhen
Overstory | Richard Powers
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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! 2mo
Cinfhen Bookclub pick and my bookclub ladies take bailing VERY SERIOUSLY 😳 @TrishB 😂😂 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen they sound like serious ladies 😁😁 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly A+ for even tackling it with your big book phobia! 2mo
KarenUK Well done you for persevering!! 2mo
Crazeedi I'd have tossed!🙄 2mo
Kalalalatja 😂😂😂 2mo
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 😆 2mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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Lunchtime reading.

Leftcoastzen This book!❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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. 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Jeg How wonderful!!! I'm really enjoying it and so revelant! 2mo
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CallMeIshmael
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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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! 2mo
BarbaraBB Well said, I know what you mean. 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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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!!! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie Oh good! I‘m enjoying it so far. 2mo
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Cinfhen
Overstory | Richard Powers
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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. ♥️ 3mo
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! 3mo
Chrissyreadit Oh no!!! That stinks!!! Fingers crossed all the barriers ease up and glad you enjoyed reading! 3mo
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KarenUK 5 1/2 hours! Ouch...... Reading time or not, that sucks..... so sorry ☹️💕 3mo
LeeRHarry I‘ve had some “interesting” times at immigration over the years - hope everything gets sorted out ASAP 😏 happy reading! 3mo
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 3mo
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 🙄 3mo
LeeRHarry @Cinfhen just making things difficult to test your commitment 😏😩 3mo
IamIamIam 😫😫😫😫 3mo
AmyG Oy. Well, what can you do... but do what they say. 😳 3mo
TrishB Bureaucracy...keeps the world running (slowly) 2mo
CafeMom Oh wow I guess I can't complain about getting a Real ID. At least you got to read. 2mo
Cinfhen I had to get my Drivers License renewed this summer @CafeMom another day of mild frustration 😬🤪 2mo
Kalalalatja I‘m all for uninterrupted reading time, but that sounds ROUGH! 2mo
Blaire Ugh!! What a day! 2mo
Cinfhen I came home and took a 2 hour nap @Blaire @Kalalalatja 😜 2mo
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. 😩 2mo
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! 2mo
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 😡 2mo
Cinfhen Book is definitely redeeming itself in part 3 @Chelsey oh, thanks for the recommendation...I‘m going to read 2mo
DivineDiana I hope all went well! Except for that wait time! 😲 2mo
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litsybookclub
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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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. 3mo
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 !!! 3mo
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. 3mo
tpixie @lynneamch I taped a lot of the interviews on C-SPAN-2 Book TV. I‘m hoping he‘s on one! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice! This is my IRL book group‘s next pick. We meet right after the discussion you‘re having! 2mo
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Aimeesue
The Overstory | Richard Powers
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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! 3mo
Aimeesue @lynneamch And totally superficially, did you notice how BLUE his eyes are?? 3mo
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tpixie @Aimeesue we‘re reading Overstory this month for @litsybookclub another great book is 3mo
Aimeesue @tpixie Lab Girl was great! So many trees! 3mo
tpixie @Aimeesue yes!! ♥️🌳♥️ 3mo
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MamaGina
The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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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! 3mo
BookBabe ❤️ 2mo
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