NCTA Alum Fall Book Discussion Group: Two Trees Make a Forest:
In Search of My Family's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains and Coasts by Jessica J. Lee
This Fall, Dr. Diana M Wood will lead a free asynchronous book discussion group on Jessica Lee’s Two Trees Make a Forest, a fascinating and unique approach to understanding Taiwan. As reviewer Sy Montgomery comments, Lee "performs a subtle miracle. She retrieves lost strands of family, landscape, and history and weaves them together to create a surprising and soulful whole." It is important to note that Lee is a British Canadian Taiwanese author who explores environmental history as well as her family history. Lee blends facts and stories about her Chinese maternal grandparents with her personal hiking expeditions through Taiwan's challenging mountains and her gradual discovery of her grandparents' experiences during World War II and the years following once they went to live in Taiwan. Dr. Wood has read the book at least three times and feels confident that the group will have a great adventure understanding what Lee learns about her heritage and herself.