My Side of the Mountain
If you ask any city-dweller who came of age in the past five decades if they read My Side of the Mountain and fantasized about running away to the woods just like its protagonist did, we guarantee you that most of them will say yes. Jean Craighead George’s seminal “wilderness book” is an absolute staple in any American city kid’s library, both as escapist literature but also as an ode to survival and the self-made man (child?).
We can all relate to the claustrophobia of city life sometimes, but we think the lesson learned here is not to run away for good as Sam Gribley did, but rather to remember that the Catskills and endless amounts of other natural beauty are just a stone’s throw away from our busy metropolis.
This is one of our “retreat” books, when we need to escape our adult selves.
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