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The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Overstory

Why you should read this book:

The Overstory by Richard Powers is beautifully written and makes you look at trees in a new way. It also makes you consider the human impact on the natural world and how wrong it is for humans to consider ourselves superior beings. Told through the stories of nine main characters, this book touches on nature and idealism, spirituality and the connections between humans and nature.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • Large paragraphs of description, exposition and detail exhaust you.
  • You have no interest in the hidden lives of trees.
  • You want something fast-paced.
  • Stories about nature, spirituality, or idealism don’t interest you.

What The Overstory by Richard Powers is about:

The Overstory is a collection of fantastical and realistic stories about the role trees play and how they affect different people’s lives. Each character finds meaning through their experience with trees, and each of these experiences guides them in their life choices. Replete with evocative descriptions of nature and the world concealed beneath us, this lengthy novel offers an impetus for activism and resistance against the loss of the world’s greatest resource, i.e. trees.

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