Recommended by bookseller Eleanor Franzen:
"The Overstory starts with a section called Roots, divided into six separate strands that introduce us to our main characters. Over the course of the book, these characters will (mostly) become intertwined with each other's lives, and with trees: studying them, living in them, trying to protect them, listening to them. Powers's writing about geological time, and about the biological miracle of plant life, is stunningly beautiful: he doesn't preach about environmentalism, but it does lay out facts, and those facts reach for you. It is an astonishingly well-written, empathetic, heart-rending, blink-inducing book."