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Where the Wild Things Are // Six Degrees of Separation

The idea behind this exercise is to connect books in any way that’s meaningful to you, from the profound to the inane. Although Kevin Bacon is typically behind the six degrees game, books are just a bit more fun. 

This month we’re starting with the children’s classic Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. So brace yourselves, we’re about to get wild. This particular book was not a classic I read as a child, I’m more familiar with it now as a parent. One I did read when I was younger is – and its yet another classic – The Call of the Wild by Jack London. I always wanted to go on a grand adventure, and still dream of living in Alaska, both of which are likely attributable to that book.

Another adventure gone both right and wrong is Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild. While the Pacific Crest Trail wasn’t on my radar, it is now! Though perhaps not the part in the desert. I don’t love the heat, unless there’s a pool. And I’d want two working, well-fitted boots… I’m picky like that.

Perhaps my Alaskan dream would fade if writer’s didn’t make it sound so damn good, but K.A. Turner did just that in The Simple Wild. This sweet, touching story of a father and daughter reuniting, mixed with a hot bush pilot, had me yearning for that kind of…

Wilderness. See what I did there? Wilderness by Lance Weller is an excellent historical fiction novel, set just after the Civil War. It takes places in the largely uninhabited Pacific Northwest, the kind of wilderness that’s now often found preserved in National Parks.

Like Glacier National Park, for example, as depicted in The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo. Here, a Department of the Interior special agent is trying to solve a murder (one that would cause anyone to think twice about the woods), only he finds the locals wary of outsiders and less than forthcoming.

The isolation and lack of information is (vaguely, I’ll admit) similar to Wilder Girls by Rory Power. Described as a feminist Lord of the Flies, the novel is about “three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears.”

Care to join in? It’s quite a bit of fun.

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