The Overstory

The Overstory

A Novel

Book - 2018
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A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393635522
039363552X
9780393356687
Branch Call Number: FIC POWERS, RICHARD
Characteristics: 502 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Over story

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voxlor
Nov 14, 2020

A great book. I absolutely loved it. I felt that the author should have ended it about 2/3 of the way through. But despite that, it was an excellent story with good complex characters.

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Mudita
Oct 19, 2020

Very informative and nicely written but The Legacy of Luna by Julia “Butterfly” Hill is a superior first person account on the topic.

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ranvapa
Oct 09, 2020

This book is so innovative... which kept me going in the slower parts. I'm so glad I did keep going - the ending was fantastic.

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BillMetcalfe
Sep 27, 2020

Brilliant.

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ypollock
Aug 30, 2020

I loved the back stories of the soon to be interwoven characters. At first I was worried that I'd picked up a volume of short stories, but soon some met to propel the plot forward, and others provided philosophical and scientific support to the plot. All were heartfelt. All provided nuggets of wisdom and reasons why we have to value our trees in other than dollar value, in a most entertaining way.

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rosbert12
Aug 29, 2020

Really wanted to love this book, because I have grown to appreciate every part of nature and each move mankind makes to eliminate, devour, use up our natural resources is painful. So I hoped this would help remove some sadness about deforestation. The first eight stories were terrific, but then.... couldn’t keep the characters straight and they became more and more superficial. I could no longer relate to them. I forced myself to continue, but abandoned it after 350 pages. Very disappointed.

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cathy22
Aug 15, 2020

I could not get into this book. I quit!

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mclarjh
Jul 16, 2020

Too hyper, too promotional, too superior, too trite; and too long; USA-centric.

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AVogelsew
Jun 24, 2020

I am really enjoying this book. The characters are alive as well as the trees.

Reading this during Shelter-in-place and a pandemic has made me slow down and appreciate what I have. This book has allowed me to enjoy the wonders of nature, and look a little deeper.

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esherbine
May 20, 2020

This was my favourite book from 2019, by far. I still look at trees in a different way after reading this.

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m0mmyl00
Aug 09, 2019

Page 84 of the hardback: “...the greatest flaw of the species is its overwhelming tendency to mistake agreement for truth.”

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m0mmyl00
Aug 09, 2019

Page 7 of the hardback: “Life is a battle between the Maker and His creation.”

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