The Book I’m Reading Now

The Overstory by Richard Powers

This book, almost a tome, was given to me by a cherished friend. The writing and the organization of the book is fascinating. The author introduces 6 characters per chapter that come from wildly different backgrounds and temperaments. And then he weaves them into the theme that is the common denominator in the book: TREES. The last 3 sections are called Roots, Trunk and Branches. I have no idea how this author came to know so much about so many different elements of life, but especially about trees. There is drama and romance and fantasy and at times almost scientific writing. I had to read it so slowly, unusual for me. But it is a book that impacts and endures. I now walk around looking at trees, knowing the fact that we share 25% of the same DNA. And trees are constantly communicating.

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