Intimidated by Tomes?
with the first chapter. Don’t give up. The Coffman Library owns a copy.
And if you haven’t read Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy the Coffman Library owns all three volumes including the recently published The Mirror and the Light. The first two were award winners. Refuse to let 600-700-page volumes about Tudor England intimidate you.
Need help in locating/borrowing/returning copies of these or any other Coffman books? Get in touch with Katie Weiblen or Carol Van Why.
Recommendation: “The Overstory”
environment are nonviolent; then frustration leads to violent eco-terrorism. This saga was inspired by the Redwood Summer of 1990, an effort to halt logging of California's giant sequoias.
The book contains an encyclopedic amount of scientific information about trees that makes them more visible to the reader. We learn that trees are alive and interconnected, and that we humans and trees share about a quarter of our genes. New insights into forestry are articulated by the character Patricia Westerford, a scientist who is at first ridiculed and later lauded for her work.
While the book is a challenging read, the real challenge in the message: that we humans have been using the earth as ours to exploit and plunder. We must stop.
Richard Powers has written twelve previous books on scientific subjects and has worked as a computer field and as a professor of creative writing at Stanford.
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