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The Overstory: a novel

The Video Guy reads, too! Admittedly, I usually read lighter fare...mysteries, suspense, comedy, things that keep me interested but don't tax my brain too much. I tend to read fiction—the likes of Stuart Woods, James Patterson, Tom Robbins, and Carl Hiaasen, the latter being one of my favorites because of the blend of humor and cultural commentary.

     Still, on occasion, my brother or a friend will suggest, or I will stumble unknowingly upon, a literary work of gold. For instance, Garcia-Marquez's Pulitzer Prize-winning One Hundred Years of Solitude. Wow! 

     Recently, a close, trusted friend suggested that I read Richard Powers' Pulitzer Prize-winning The Overstory: A Novel. Thanks, Andy! It's a story about a group of unrelated characters and their relationship to or experiences with...trees! Doesn't float your boat, you think? Remember: Pulitzer Prize winner; they don't award these literary gems for the book cover.

     I don't want to say too much at all about the overarching story, just that it's so worth the read! You may find yourself wanting to scream out loud 1/2 way through the book because of what's happening, but carry on. Reality really does bite sometimes, so clean the wax out of your ears and listen to what's happening in the world around us. It's really nothing new, but it's presented powerfully and memorably. It's a 5 out of 5 stars for me!

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