Today, a library patron asked what I would recommend for extremely fictional characters like Bigfoot.
Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is a cryptid--an animal that is generally regarded as imaginary.
Since Bigfoot probably doesn't exist, I will probably never be asked for a "Sasquatch reading list" but I like to be prepared.
As a very large forest-dwelling mammal, Bigfoot is very good at gathering food. But what to do when the same old salmon, huckleberries, and rancid deer meat get boring? Add mushrooms!
The photo of the bearded guy with a horn and a fistful of chanterelles on the front cover is a big clue: the pages are packed with useful information but also keep the fun in fungi. Serious mushroom hunters recommend this book in combination with the author's more serious work Mushrooms Demystified.
Bigfoot couldn't resist a music festival called "Sasquatch", right? But tickets sell quickly, and Bigfoot doesn't like to stand in line. That's why I recommend checking out recordings from featured bands:
Manatee Commune and The Strumbrellas both played at the Sasquatch festival in 2017. Bigfoot would love to hear their music without any worries about finding a great parking spot at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. The library often buys recordings of featured bands--check the catalog for more.
Footprints are important to Bigfoot, and minimizing a carbon footprint is probably important to somebody who lives so quietly in the foothills of our Cascade Mountains. That's why I think Bigfoot would enjoy this book:
Desperate to improve on the tiny profits the family farm made selling corn, the author tried marketing firewood, then chickens, then beef, running a gauntlet of sometimes comical challenges with learned-the-hard-way experiences in the politics of supporting local organic farmers.
Like so many of us, Bigfoot is sometimes confused by fake news. That's why I recommend that Bigfoot check out this book:
This book details the history of hoaxes, and explores the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and journalistic fakers invent detailed lies to sell everything from carnival tickets to reality TV.
It's always fun to read novels set in familiar places, especially when the author cleverly incorporates real people into the story. I think Bigfoot would enjoy local author Lish McBride's book
This is the story of Sam LaCroix, a dropout from University of Washington who discovers that he can raise an army of the dead. Unfortunately, most of "the dead" around the U-district is roadkill... This book might be scary, but it isn't--it's hilarious.
The sequel features game wardens with, um, very large boots. Also witches, werewolves, and some other unusual denizens of the wilderness.
I always like to include a wildcard suggestion, and for Bigfoot I recommend a movie that was set in the Pacific Northwest but filmed in New Zealand!
This charming re-boot of the 1977 film tells the story of an orphaned feral boy who befriends a reclusive dragon in the woods surrounding a Northwestern logging town.
What else should Bigfoot borrow from the library? Put your suggestions in the comment box!