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MAY BOOK CLUB

  • Pilsen Community Books 1102 West 18th Street Chicago, IL, 60608 United States (map)

For May’s book club we're reading The Overstory  by Richard Powers. To join book club you just read the book and show up. If you'd like to be added to our book club mailing list you can sign up here. 

About The Overstory:

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

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.

“Monumental…The Overstory accomplishes what few living writers from either camp, art or science, could attempt. Using the tools of the story, he pulls readers heart-first into a perspective so much longer-lived and more subtly developed than the human purview that we gain glimpses of a vast, primordial sensibility, while watching our own kind get whittled down to size....A gigantic fable of genuine truths.”Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review

 
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Earlier Event: May 17
Six-Point Reading Series
Later Event: May 24
Critics' Union Launch Party