Good Books For A Walk In The Woods

Sometimes the outdoors and reading go really well together...

Cold Mountain by Charles FrazierCold Mountain by Charles Fraizer
Through a lyrical writing style that earned the National Book Award, Fraizer tells the story of a Confederate deserter travelling by foot back to his North Carolina home and the many rustic characters encountered along the way.
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The Dharma Bums by Jack KerouacThe Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
Loosely based on Kerouac's real-life relationship with poet Gary Snyder, this novel provides a fantastic opportunity to tag along with its characters on explorations of both philosophy and the great outdoors.
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Fourth of July Creek by Smith HendersonFourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
In Henderson's gritty debut novel, a troubled social worker seeks solace through an unconventional relationship with a paranoid, reclusive family living in the back country of Montana.
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Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles, #1) by Colin MeloyWildwood by Colin Meloy
Colin Meloy, songwriter for the indie-rock band the Decemberists, offers a fanciful escape into the woods outside of Portland, OR. Often compared to "The Chronicles of Narnia", this folky adventure story has plenty for both kids and adults to enjoy.
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Wild  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl StrayedWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Through honest and emotionally vivid storytelling, "Wild" is a simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful memoir that follows Strayed as she struggles to heal herself from the disintegration of her marriage and death of her mother by hiking the PCT, one step at a time.
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The Other by David GutersonThe Other by David Guterson
From the author of "Snow Falling on Cedars", David Guterson's "The Other" compares two polarized views of what it means to live a good life – a life of isolation in the Hoh Rainforest, free from hypocrisy, or a life of human connection but compromised ideals.
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Sweet Tooth, Vol. 1  Out of the Deep Woods by Jeff LemireSweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire
Through rugged illustrations and storytelling, this graphic novel tells the story of Gus, an animal/human hybrid, that is forced to leave the safety of his woodland home on a search for the truth about his origins.
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie DillardPilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
In this Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction narrative Dillard explores the area near Roanoke, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains through musings on nature, theology, and experiencing the world with a heightened level of awareness.
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How I Live Now by Meg RosoffHow I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Set during a devastating fictional war, this quick read creates a strong sense of place through rich descriptions of rural England and children learning to live off the land while isolated from a society in turmoil.
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Into the Wild by Jon KrakauerInto The Wild by Jon Krakauer
Recounting the true story of Chris MaCandless's life and death in the remote wilds of Alaska, author Jon Krakauer writes of how this recent college graduate left behind his family and all his material possessions, adopted the pseudonym of Alexander Supertramp, and set off for a life of risky idealism.
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