Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Trees of Life


I came across an article the other day that was talking about "tree" related books. I love trees and I love books and since trees make books, I thought it would make a good booklist to share, so here are some novels about trees, featuring trees, or that have tree in their titles. 
 

Classics

Cold Sassy Tree - Olive Ann Burns
--Young Will Tweedy becomes chaperone, co-conspirator, and confidant to his renegade grandpa and the old man's young new wife.  

Across the River and Into the Trees - Ernest Hemingway
--During World War II, Colonel Richard Cantwell, an American soldier, falls in love with a young Italian countess.   

The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
--Taylor Greer is a poor Kentucky woman who goes west to start a new life.  Hers is a story about love, friendship, abandonment, and belonging.

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
--A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love of a tree which gives to him without thought of repayment.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
--This novel follows young Francie, who is armed with her idealism and determination, as she struggles to escape from the poverty in Brooklyn during the early 1900s.

Newer Titles

The Courage Tree - Diane Chamberlain
--When eight-year-old Sophie, who suffers from a rare disease, vanishes during a camping trip, a desperate search is launched before it is too late.
  
Children of the Jacaranda Tree - Sahar Delijani
--In post-revolutionary Iran, follow three generations of families whose loved ones were murdered inside Tehran's prisons.


The Tree of Forgetfulness - Pam Durban
--This novel tells the largely untold story of a brutal Jim Crow-era triple lynching in South Carolina. It resurrects a troubled past and explores what led a community to choose silence over justice.

Like Trees, Walking - Ravi Howard
--Based on a true story, this tale of two brothers and how their lives are forever changed by the hanging death of a childhood friend.  
  
The Fever Tree - Jennifer McVeigh
--Forced to abandon her life of privilege in 1880 London and relocate to Africa, Francis Irvine becomes entangled with two very different men. 
 
The Tree Bride - Bharati Mukherjee
--Struggling to reconcile with her husband, Tara Chatterjee relates the story of an ancestor who married a tree at the age of five and who grew up to be a nationalist freedom fighter.
 
The Sandalwood Tree - Elle Newmark
--In 1947, as Britain loses its grip on India, Evie and her family hole up in a small village, where she discovers letters that lead her to a compelling mystery. 
 
The Crying Tree - Naseem Rakha
--When her 15-year-old son is killed, his grieving mother exchanges letters with the killer in a desperate hope to forgive and move on. This sparks an explosive confrontation when it is discovered by her husband.
   
The Language of Trees - Ilie Ruby
--After the breakup of his marriage, Grant returns home to Canandaigua Lake, where gossip is flying about the disappearance of a young woman, and finds himself involved in her search.
 
The Roots of the Olive Tree - Courtney Miller Santo
--When a geneticist arrives to study their unusual lifespans, five generations of the Keller family are shaken when revelations and shocking secrets come to light.

Lime Tree Can't Bear Orange - Amanda Smyth
--Celia was raised in Tobago. When her uncle does something unforgivable, Celia escapes to the capital. There she embraces her independence, but finds herself entangled with two very, different men. 
 
The Beach Trees - Karen White
--Ellie befriends a struggling artist who reminds her of her missing little sister, and so begins a long and painful healing process.

The Plum Tree - Ellen Marie Wiseman
--In the fall of 1938, 17-year-old Christine, a maid forbidden to return to the Jewish family she works for, confronts the Gestapo's wrath and the horrors of Dachau to survive and to be with the man she loves.
  
The Ginger Tree - Oswald Wynd
--In 1903 China, a restless young Scotswoman enters into an affair with a Japanese nobleman, beginning a scandal that spans two world wars. 
 
The People in the Trees - Hanya Yanagihara
--Joining a 1950 expedition to discover a lost tribe on a remote island, a young doctor proves a theory and finds fame and unexpected consequences.


 






“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
Kahlil Gibran
    
 “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.”
Joyce Kilmer





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