The Friends of MSU Library Book Group meets the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM in the small Conference Room. This group reads a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction picked at a member driven selection party held every September. 

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November 12, 2019: The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Overstory by Richard Powers

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.In his twelfth novel, National Book Award winner Richard Powers delivers a sweeping, impassioned novel of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of--and paean to--the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans. There is a world alongside ours--vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe. The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity's self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? "Listen. There's something you need to hear."

Upcoming Selections

December 10, 2019: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

January 14, 2020: The Weight of an Infinite Sky by Carrie La Seur

February 11, 2020: 
My Antonia by Willa Cather

March 10, 2020: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

April 14, 2020: Dear Life by Alice Munro

May 12, 2020: On the Beach by Nevile Shute

June, 2020: Perma Red by Debra Magpie Earling

July 14, 2020: The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

August 11, 2020: Stoner by John Edward Williams