By Richard Powers
Why this book?
In order to transform grief into action, you first need to allow yourself to grieve. Richard Powers’s magnificent novel, The Overstory, was the book I needed to grieve for deforestation. I have always been a tree-hugger, but this book made me appreciate trees on an even deeper level, infused as it is with meticulously researched botany, forestry history, and dire climate warnings. Each of the novel’s eight protagonists have profound relationships with individual trees, and the struggle to save an old-growth forest is what ultimately brings their stories together. It’s a 500-page book about trees, a slow burn will make you sob for all that’s already been lost in the world’s forests and all we still stand to lose. Maybe that sounds like a bummer, but I found it an incredibly healing read.
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