Lafayette READs! is a quarterly reading and discussion group led by Lafayette Public Library staff. We select books that are not only great reads, but that are relevant to today’s issues. Our informal discussions focus on the book itself, and the ways in which the story sheds light on the contemporary world. Lafayette READs! covers both fiction and nonfiction, new books and rediscovered classics. We’re a reading group that really does talk about the book! You can find all current and previous book selections in the catalog.
Upcoming Selection: The Overstory, by Richard Powers
The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, is "an impassioned novel of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of - and paean to - the natural world....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." - Library Catalog
Join the Discussion!
- Monday, December 9 at 6 pm at the Library
Buzz about the Book
"...the best novel ever written about trees, and really, just one of the best novels, period." - Ann Patchett
“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, New York Times Book Review (cover review)
"This book is beyond special. Richard Powers manages to turn trees into vivid and engaging characters, something that indigenous people have done for eons but that modern literature has rarely if ever even attempted. It’s not just a completely absorbing, even overwhelming book; it’s a kind of breakthrough in the ways we think about and understand the world around us, at a moment when that is desperately needed." - Bill McKibben
"A magnificent saga…Powers’s sylvan tour de force is alive with gorgeous descriptions; continually surprising, often heartbreaking characters; complex suspense; unflinching scrutiny of pain; celebration of creativity and connection; and informed and expressive awe over the planet’s life force and its countless and miraculous manifestations…profound and symphonic."-Booklist (starred review)