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Have more downtime then you know what to do with?...

Updated: Mar 27, 2020

Interesting times call for interesting hobbies, old or new. With all this downtime, have you thought about getting back into reading? I know everyone at Tree Top has! We had one of our certified arborists put together a recommended reading list.

Grab your favorite beverage, find a cozy chair, and get comfortable. We find these books to be some that can help you better understand the importance of trees on a community, not just physically but mentally. We also hope that you can use a couple of these books as a family, to view beautiful pictures of trees from several different continents. While traveling may not be on the agenda at this time, a good book can take your mind to different places.

1. The Overstory

Richard Power

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

#1 New York Times Bestseller

"The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period." —Ann Patchett

Richard Power’s twelfth novel 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 many more. 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.

2. Wise Trees

Diane Cook

Len Jenshel

This is a stunning photography book containing more than 50 historical trees with remarkable stories from around the world. These ladies spent 2 years traveling to 59 sites across 5 continents to photograph some of the world’s most historic and inspirational trees. This may be a good one to dig into with the family!

3. The Living Forest

Robert Llewellyn

Joan Maloof

“With precise, stunning photographs and a distinctly literary narrative that tells the story of the forest ecosystem along the way, The Living Forest is an invitation to join in the eloquence of seeing.” —Sierra Magazine

From the leaves and branches of the canopy to the roots and soil of the under story, the forest is a complex, interconnected ecosystem filled with plants, birds, mammals, insects, and fungi. Some of it is easily discovered, but many parts remain difficult or impossible for the human eye to see. Until now.

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