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Great winter reads for rainy days

The Overstory

by Richard Powers

In Richard Powers' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Overstory," the intricate and profound connections between humans and trees unfold in a tapestry of interwoven stories. As disparate lives converge and collide, the power and significance of nature's silent witnesses' trees emerge, inviting us to reconsider our relationship with the natural world and the urgent need for environmental stewardship.

With its sprawling scope and unflinching examination of humanity's impact on the natural world, "The Overstory" is a call to action, urging readers to recognize the profound interconnectedness of all life on Earth. Powers' extraordinary novel serves as a poignant reminder that the fate of our planet is intricately tied to the preservation of our forests and the understanding that, like the branches of a mighty tree, our actions reverberate through time.


A Little Life

by Hanya Yanagihara

In Hanya Yanagihara's heart-wrenching masterpiece, "A Little Life," the lives of four friends in New York City become entwined in a narrative that explores the depths of friendship, love, and the enduring power of human resilience. Spanning decades, this epic tale delves into the darkest corners of trauma, revealing the indomitable spirit of those who dare to confront their past and strive for redemption.

"A Little Life" is an extraordinary feat of literature that invites readers on an emotional journey of staggering proportions. It is a testament to the enduring power of friendship and the remarkable strength that resides within the human spirit, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Yanagihara's magnum opus is a profoundly moving and unforgettable exploration of the human condition.


There There

by Tommy Orange

In Tommy Orange's powerful debut novel, "There There," a chorus of voices rises from the urban Native American community in Oakland, California, capturing the raw and multifaceted experiences of a people who have been historically marginalized and silenced. This groundbreaking work weaves together an intricate tapestry of interconnected lives, exploring identity, culture, and the profound impact of historical trauma.

With unflinching honesty and an unapologetic voice, Orange crafts a narrative that challenges stereotypes and confronts the erasure of Native stories in mainstream culture. "There There" is a breathtaking and deeply compassionate novel that shines a spotlight on the voices and experiences of contemporary Native Americans, leaving an indelible mark on readers and reminding us of the power of storytelling to reclaim history and shape the future. 


The Memory Theatre

by Karin Tidbeck

In the haunting and surreal world of Karin Tidbeck's "The Memory Theater," a forgotten art form holds the key to uncovering the truth and preserving memories in a rapidly shifting reality. Set in the enigmatic city of Ire, this mesmerizing novel explores the depths of human longing, the fragility of memory, and the transformative power of storytelling.

Through Tidbeck's masterful storytelling, "The Memory Theater" invites us to contemplate the power of memory and the ways in which stories shape our understanding of the world. As Evelio navigates the labyrinthine corridors of the Theater, encountering enigmatic characters and confronting his own personal demons, readers are compelled to question the nature of reality and the malleability of truth. 


Normal People

by Sally Rooney

In a world where social hierarchies dictate our lives, two individuals find solace, passion, and heartache in their extraordinary connection. Sally Rooney's captivating novel, "Normal People," unravels the intricate dance between Connell and Marianne, tracing their intertwined lives from their shared hometown in Ireland to the complexities of university and beyond.

With its raw and honest portrayal of young love and the complexities of navigating societal expectations, "Normal People" is a poignant and gripping novel that resonates with readers long after the final page. Rooney's skillful storytelling illuminates the fragility and resilience of the human spirit, reminding us that even in our most ordinary moments, we are capable of extraordinary connections.