4. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. This book is, as stated, "the extraordinary story of the last true hermit". In the technological and social world we live in, this book is released with great timing as it shows a world so completely different.
It tells the TRUE story of Christopher Knight, who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years. (Just think about that for a second!) He only ever encountered 1 person and did not have a single conversation in almost 3 decades. He survived by breaking into people's nearby vacation homes and getting supplies. Which is why his story came out in the first place, he was wanted by police for burglary. Michael Finkel visits him in jail and tells his story.
Stop to think for a moment how many times we see other people and use technology in our daily lives. Then subtract that and throw yourself in the harsh climate of the woods in Maine. It is hard to believe how something could be done in this day and age. Knights "home" he built in the woods and survival tactics were fascinating. He had become a local myth. This read left me feeling sympathetic toward Knight and with a new viewpoint on humanity. It is a quick read at 224 pages and a book I would absolutely recommend.