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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