April 28, 2021

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When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself....
Into the Wild
Jon Krakaur

Into the Wild

By: Jon Krakaur
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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Wild
Cheryl Strayed

Wild

By: Cheryl Strayed
Recommended for grade(s): 12, College Plus

At age twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed felt as though she had lost everything. Grieving from the loss of her mother and coping with the dissolution of her marriage, she made an impulsive decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail—alone. In Wild, Cheryl tells the story of a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her. —From Knopf Doubleday

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A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson

A Walk in the Woods

By: Bill Bryson
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12, College Plus

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America-majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you're going to take a hike, it's probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you'll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way-and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in). —from the website at Penguin Random House

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Walden
Henry David Thoreau

Walden

By: Henry David Thoreau
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

Henry David Thoreau's account of his adventure in self-reliance on the shores of a pond in Massachusetts—part social experiment, part spiritual quest—is an enduringly influential American classic. In 1845, Thoreau began building a cabin at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. The inspiring and lyrical book that resulted is both a record of the two years Thoreau spent in withdrawal from society and a declaration of personal independence. By virtue of its casual, offhandedly brilliant wisdom and the easy splendor of its nature writing, Thoreau's account of his immersion in solitude has become a signpost for the modern mind in an increasingly bewildering world. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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