The Overstory by Richard Powers won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2019. It tells the story of nine strangers who are brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe. The reviewer liked the book, but didn’t love it. She found it long and didn’t really begin to enjoy it until the stories began to intertwine. The book was a meditation on the fact that we don’t value the life of other living things or see what’s in front of us.
Our last review is Good Dogs Don’t Make it to the South Pole by Hans Olav Thyvold, which is narrated by Tassen, a dog who can talk, but not read. After losing his master, the man’s wife begins to read to him about arctic expeditions and the dogs who serve them. The book has some light moments, but is very much a meditation on the ethics surrounding the treatment of the dogs used, and sometimes sacrificed, in the expeditions. This was a good book and comes recommended.