Great Beginnings Book Club
Date(s) - Tuesday, July 13
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Great Beginnings Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm.
While our meeting room is closed, we are holding virtual meetings via Zoom. Book selections are posted at least several weeks in advance to give you a chance to focus on specific selections.
Moderated by John Donaldson.
New members are always welcome!
Our July 13th meeting features The Overstory by Richard Powers.
It is with a rare combination of flippancy and acknowledgement of sheer achievement that we can sum up a book in one word. Flippancy because, of course, a novel cannot be reduced to just one thing. Sheer achievement because it is so well known, celebrated, or encompassing that there is no confusion as to which book we actually mean. (It also helps if you pick a topic that has been relatively neglected as a subject of literature.) Thus, Moby-Dick is the whale book; Jurassic Park is the dinosaur book; Charlotte’s Web is the spider book. To this select list, I suspect we can add The Overstory as the tree book. The concept of the overstory is taken from forest ecology as the canopy or upper layer of a habitat formed by mature trees. In the novel, trees, both as old, silent observers and as subjects, form the narrative space for Powers to intertwine his characters. History and nature writing combine in this innovative look through the experience of one of the few organisms that has been here through it all: the trees.
Copies of The Overstory will be reserved at Moffat Library between June 15th and July 13th. You can also obtain a copy on your own at the links below. Note that some titles may not be available in every format. Please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having difficulty getting a copy.
This program will be run virtually via Zoom. A link with instructions on accessing the meeting will be e-mailed to registrants the day before the program. Again, if you encounter any difficulty or have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com!