Common Readers to discuss "The Overstory"

Join the Common Readers Book Discussion Group in September to read the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Overstory.

Richard Powers’ 2018 novel asks the question: if trees could speak, what would they tell us? “An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. These four, and five other strangers—each summoned in different ways by trees—are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.”

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library in regular print and audiobook. The book is also available as an ebook and digital audiobook on Libby and as a digital audiobook on hoopla.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21. THE MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE LIBRARY'S LARGE MEETING ROOM DUE TO WEATHER. 

The Common Readers Book Discussion Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Readers can join the group for one, several, or every meeting. The remaining 2021 schedule is as follows: The Overstory by Richard Powers (September 21); Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (October 19); and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (November 16). There is no meeting in December. The title for each month will be available at the Upper Sandusky Community Library in a variety of formats.

For more information about this or any other library program, stop by the front desk or call the library at 419-294-1345.