Waterspirit’s Book Club: Exploring Spirituality, Nature, & Action

Please join our Book Club as we discuss the second half of Richard Powers’ The Overstory (2018). Our next meeting will be on October 28 at 6:00 p.m. Call or email us if you would like to join! We have pizza and salad and rotate where we meet. We hope you can join us!

We knew we couldn’t do justice to such a rich book in one evening so we brainstormed at the end and came up with some things we would like to pay attention to at our next meeting:

Role of Art/ Artists


Symbolism (Tree, religious)

Eco-warrior tactics

How Powers handled each of the 5 sections of the book stylistically

Function of the italicized passages before each section

Power’s wonderful language itself. Read aloud some favorite passages

What are the Seeds?

Role of digital world

Please feel free to add topics, questions, insights, etc.

Suggested at-home exercise: Throughout The Overstory, Powers identifies certain characters strongly with different species of trees as a narrative device. Might there be some value in applying this exercise to our lives? If you were a specific tree, which tree would you be and why? Please share your reflections at our next book club meeting, if you would like to do so.


Past selections:

Horses and the Mystical Path.jpg
Image This Changes Everything.jpg
Michael Dowd.jpg
Sixth Extinction.jpg
The Creation.jpg
The Hidden Life of Trees.jpg
Spiritual Ecology.jpg
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