Rurally Reading - 5 Books for End of Summer

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Maybe this is just a summer reading list holdover, but I always want to spend August buried in books. I've also got a thing about place; I love reading about a place where I am, whether that means reading The House of Mirth on the subway, or more generally, books that touch on some facet of rural life while bouncing around the Catskills. 

Perhaps you're like me, and perhaps you'll be spending one of these last bits of summer in a cabin somewhere. Here are some Ruralie-approved books for your consumption:

For those seeking healing through landscape and art 

A Month in the Country, by J. L. Carr

A man retreats to rural England to restore a centuries-old fresco after The Great War. 

Also a film with Colin, there's that.


For those taking long car trips with tiny humans

Watership Down, by Richard Adams

A level-headed rabbit leads a crew of friends and frenemies to safety on a journey away from home to settle in the unknown. (Hazel/Fiver, 2016?) Get the audio book!



For those trying to answer some fundamental question

When Women Were Birds, by Terry Tempest Williams

A poetic memoir of, among other things, a life lived in service of the earth, Williams tackles the greatest mystery of her life: her mother.


For those who growl

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass

One of my favorite pieces of nonfiction ever. The story of Douglass's life as a slave, much of which was spent on a plantation, and his escape.

For those camping and hiking while living under a rock

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

I guess there are still some folks who haven't read this? (Get it together, people!) A young woman walks the Pacific Crest Trail alone, to atone and begin again.


What are your favorite rural reads?