“Friday Reads” is a weekly blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work. Topics may be new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read. Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things. Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too. No matter the source, good reads are featured here.
Today’s blog is written by Christine Lynch, Falmouth Public Library employee and free-lance writer who knows a good book when she reads one. You can usually find her at the service desk upstairs.
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A year or so ago while working on FPL’s Service Desk, I picked up
a book that I saw being checked out numerous times. After reading a review of
it, I grabbed the copy for myself. I’m so glad I did because I am a nature lover
and really appreciated Peter Wohlleben‘s book, The Hidden Life of Trees:
What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World.
For those of you who haven’t read it, there are abundant facts that just might
make you say, “Wow!” I’ve talked with others who have read it and we all agree
we’ll never look at trees and their surroundings in the same way. For people who
enjoyed the Wohlleben book, I’d like to make a recommendation.
I recently read another review of a lovely book entitled Overstory by
Richard Powers. This is a new novel, just out in 2018. I am yet to read it, but
will check it out after it’s circulated a bit. The premise of this book spins a
fable-like tale where trees are able to summon a group of people together in
mysterious ways in order to correct many of the world’s ills and to greatly
improve the quality of life on Earth.
Knowing what I now know from reading The Hidden Life of Trees, I believe
in the untold power of trees. Overstory is another book that lets us know how important
trees are to our planet’s survival and that we humans should do everything to protect them.
Photo: Peter Wohlleben by Gordon Welters for “The New York Times”