The Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story Of The Last True Hermit

March 7, 2017|
The Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story Of The Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
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Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own. 

New York Times bestseller

In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life—why did he leave? what did he learn?—as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.

Heather's Review

This book is nothing short of extraordinary, in the vein of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. It is exquisitely written by journalist Michael Finkel. The story of Christopher Knight, who decided to live alone in the woods without human contact for 28 years, is at once poignantly intimate and entirely existential. It made me think. It...

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MICHAEL FINKEL is the author of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, which was adapted into a 2015 major motion picture. He has written for National Geographic, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in western Montana.
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Title:The Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story Of The Last True Hermit
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8.5 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8.5 X 6 X 1 in
Published:March 7, 2017
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781101875681

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