"I had one of those idyllic childhoods where I roamed feral in the landscape around my house. I don't know many kids who are doing that now," said Helen Macdonald, who shares some of her favorite nature writing.
Steppenwolf ~ Hermann Hesse, Combining autobiographical and psychoanalytic elements, the novel was named after the lonesome wolf of the steppes. The story in large part reflects a profound crisis in Hesse's spiritual world during the 1920s while memorably portraying the protagonist's split between his humanity and his wolf-like aggression and homelessness. Hesse would later assert that the book was largely misunderstood.