"There's so much humanity in a love of trees, so much nostalgia for our first sense of wonder, so much power in just feeling our own insignificance when we are surrounded...yes, that's it: just thinking about trees and their indifferent majesty and our love for them teaches us how ridiculous we are - vile parasites squirming on the surface of the earth - and at the same time how deserving of life we can be, when we can honor this beauty that owes us nothing." (154)Oh, this is a wonderful book. Paloma, Renee, Manuela, Kakuro....I adore you all. Filled with the philosophical thoughts of a wise-beyond-her-years 12-year-old and a concierge who doesn't give herself nearly enough credit as the beautiful, intelligent woman she is. They both discover that while life is often filled with ugliness and despair, the pockets of beauty and grace that occur make the living worthwhile.