Wow this book is fantastic. Part arboreal missive, part epic family saga--it is both a cautionary tale (we can't treat our country like a tireless vending machine for natural resources!) and a beautifully crafted history. This novel is wonderfully written, and even though all the stories could stand on their own, the restraint in how each part of the story is revealed and and how they all come together in the end makes it that much more interesting. I wish it was possible to travel through the histories of the people in my family in the same way. There were parts in this book that left me with questions, and definitely parts that made me think the writer was not involved in child-rearing (!) but over-all I fully recommend this read!