My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George (Published in 1959)
This book imprinted me with a deep desire to go and live in the wilderness. From the moment that I first read this story of a little boy who leaves home to go live off the land, I was hooked. I still own books on Homesteading, Living off the Grid and Loving It, Woodstove Cookery, The Farmstead Manual, etc. I keep a file of log cabin and tiny house plans. Sometimes I just HAVE to get away from the city and see big sky, forests and green fields that go on as far as the eye can see. I don’t get to do that very often, but I’m thankful I live close enough to Lake Michigan that I can walk there, turn my back on the all the people and buildings and see just the water. Even though the dream hasn’t died, the realities of reality keep me tied to civilization … at least for this time in my life. Damn! I’m crying; guess I still really want to go.