Top Reads for May

A walk in the woods on a sunny spring afternoon sounds like the perfect way to escape the tedium and stress of our day-to-day lives for bit. But what if you decided to live in the woods? Journalist Michael Finkel tells the story of the last true hermit, Christopher Knight, in his latest. For anyone who prefers to avoid the heat and the outdoors altogether, don’t worry — we’ve got other reads for you.

The Stranger in the Woods

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Jenn: Without warning or explanation, Christopher Knight left his home — and society — behind to find solitude in the Maine wilderness. He lived there happily for 27 years — until he was arrested for stealing food. While Christopher was in prison, he received interview requests from more than 500 reporters, yet he only shared his story with one — Michael Finkel.

Originally an article for GQ (the magazine’s most-read story of all-time), The Stranger in the Woods is a riveting account of what it was like living as the world’s most isolated man. While I find the idea of hermits to be endlessly fascinating, it is Finkel’s detailed account (and dash of humor) that brings the story to life and makes it a truly captivating read. 

For more on The Stranger in the Woods, check out our #ScribdChat with Finkel above.

Everything, Everything

Ashley: A book about a girl (Madeline) who can’t go outside due to a rare genetic disorder (severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble baby disease”) and falls in love with new boy next door (Olly) via emails and emojis may not sound like the best candidate for a movie adaptation, but that’s just how great Everything, Everything is. There’s an easy beauty to Yoon’s prose, an irresistibleness to the forbidden romance, and an addictive apprehension about how this could all possibly end that makes Everything, Everything a compulsive read. Though she’s been stuck in her house for the past 18 years, Maddy’s desires for love and a more adventurous life are relatable, and I have no doubt that Amandla Stenberg (who played Rue in The Hunger Games) is perfect to play the part in the movie version. A must-read for anyone enamored with John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars or Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.

Prince Without Permission (NPR)

Zoe: It’s hard to believe that we lost Prince just over one year ago. When he passed, he left no will, leaving his presumed heirs to sort out his massive estate. This estate does not only include his numerous real estate holdings, but arguably the largest and most valuable musical archive by a single artist. In this article for NPR, Hasit Shah delves into the complicated legal workings behind Prince’s loved ones attempts to divide his inheritance. 

Many of Prince’s loyal fans have been dismayed to see his content becoming available on streaming services, and reiterate the belief that Prince would not be making these deals if he were still alive. Shah provides more background as to why these deals have been taking place, and what to expect for the future. He cautions anyone who cares for Prince to accept the sense of uneasiness that will undoubtedly come along with the all-but-guaranteed posthumous releases. At the very least, this new accessibility to The Purple One’s work will help to preserve his legacy and to introduce a new generation to one of the greatest artists of our time.


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