Book in Common

Book in Common 2019-2020

Book in Common 2019-2020
In Search of the Canary Tree by Lauren E. Oakes

From the publisher:

“The surprisingly hopeful story of one woman’s search for resiliency in a warming world.

Several years ago, ecologist Lauren E. Oakes set out from California for Alaska’s old-growth forests to hunt for a dying tree: the yellow-cedar. With climate change as the culprit, the death of this species meant loss for many Alaskans. Oakes and her research team wanted to chronicle how plants and people could cope with their rapidly changing world. Amidst the standing dead, she discovered the resiliency of forgotten forests, flourishing again in the wake of destruction, and a diverse community of people who persevered to create new relationships with the emerging environment. Eloquent, insightful, and deeply heartening, In Search of the Canary Tree is a case for hope in a warming world.”

From the book jacket:

“In Search of the Canary Tree is the story of the six years that Oakes spent studying…forests in the Alaskan wilds and the stories of the people connected to them. Having set out to bear witness to the death of a species, she and her team discovered unexpected resiliency, both in the forests themselves and in the new relationships that Alaskans were forging with nature—and each other—in a changing world. In the end, this book is an eloquent testimony to how the human and natural worlds can endure in the face of struggle and loss, and of how, in a time of despair, hope can stir anew.”

Books may be available locally at:

  • Chico State Wildcat Bookstore
  • The Bookstore
  • Butte County Library Branches
  • Meriam Library Chico State
  • Butte College Bookstore
  • Butte College LIbrary
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Blackbird Cafe

Book in Common in Chico State Today

Learn more about the 2019 Book in Common in the Chico State Today article - CSU, Chico And Butte College Announce Book In Common For 2019-20 Academic Year(opens in new window).