Between cloud gazing, SUP, and backpacking, we’ve managed to find a bit of time for reading in this summer. Here’s our official KEEN Summer Reading List. Enjoy!
[FICTION] Wildwood by Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis
Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists, romanticizes the landscape of his adopted hometown, Portland, Oregon, in his first novel Wildwood. In the story, the young protagonist Prue McKeel must venture into the depths of Impassable Wilderness (in reality Forest Park) to save a baby named Mac who was captured by a murder of crows. As Claire Dederer of the NY Times writes, “Meloy lovingly describes the jungles to the north and the cobbled streets and elegant tree houses of the more civilized south. The result is a richly satisfying weave of reality and fantasy.” Meloy enchants us with bicycle heroism, a nod to Portlandia culture, and lovely illustrations by his wife, Carson Ellis. Can’t make it to Portland this summer? You’ll get close enough.