The Wild Truth: The Untold Story Of Sibling Survival

Paperback | November 11, 2014

byCarine McCandless

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The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Krakauer's book,Into the Wild, became an international bestseller, translated into thirty-one languages, and Sean Penn's inspirational film by the same name further skyrocketed Chris McCandless to global fame. But the real story of Chris’s life and his journey has not yet been told - until now. The missing pieces are finally revealed in The Wild Truth, written by Carine McCandless, Chris's beloved and trusted sister.  Featured in both the book and film, Carine has wrestled for more than twenty years with the legacy of her brother's journey to self-discovery, and now tells her own story while filling in the blanks of his. Carine was Chris's best friend, the person with whom he had the closest bond, and who witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Growing up in the same troubled household, Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family. In the many years since the tragedy of Chris's death, Carine has searched for some kind of redemption. In this touching and deeply personal memoir, she reveals how she has learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth.

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The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Krakauer's book,Into the Wild, became an international bestseller, translated i...

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In April 1992, a young man named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaska wilderness, where he survived for more than 100 days before perishing in an abandoned bus. For over twenty years his story has captivated millions, and yet only one person knew the truth behind his remarkable journey—until now.Through a tumultuous childhood, the M...

Carine McCandless is an entrepreneur, activist, and mother. She has been successfully self-employed since she started her first business at the age of nineteen. As a public speaker her presentations are featured in education and corporate venues across the United States. She is the sister of literary icon Chris McCandless and consulted...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.76 inPublished:November 11, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ugh While I understand that the McCandless parents were pretty awful, I really think a lot of people have bad parents. I was disappointed to say the least to read about Carines life.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Wild Truth Very moving story, well written Takes you deeper into the original book Answers the questions left following book one
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The wild truth Excellent book. Would recommend it to all. I have seen the movie In The Wild but haven't read the book. I am excited to read it now especially with the family history shared in this book.
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking read The books shows strength while trying to find forgiveness. The constant of remaining true to oneself is what keeps you moving forward
Date published: 2015-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The wild truth What a tragedy. Losing a brother is hard no matter how it happens. This nonfiction account is going to haunt my thoughts for a very long time. To understand great happiness we have to have had great sadness. Embrace your life and seek your own truth.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slow Boring story, i was expecting more of his thoughts from his journal. The parents were not perfect but were made out to be monsters. Many peole endure far worse.
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good and bad I'm a person who grew up in a violent, dysfunctional family. Carine McCandless's account of the confusion, shame, games, blame, hypocrisy and suffering that are part of that type of 'family' life certainly rang true to me. I was, however, skeptical regarding her uber angelic portrayal of herself.
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was all about Carine I bought this book because I needed to know why Chris went to Alaska. I felt he just had to get away but why! However, I was disappointed in her writing and felt she should have given Krakhauer access to all of Chris' letters and the information about the parents and then let him write the whole story in his book "Into the Wild". Carine held on to much of this information and then used it as a money maker (and it was) for herself. I am going to recommend it because if one reads "Into the Wild" then you feel compelled to read "The Wild Truth" to find out the whole truth. but it is not a well-written book and it didn't have to be.
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok.... An interesting background to the story of 'into the wild' but found it a bit long and tedious in places.
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Wild Truth It's so surprising what can be going on behind closed doors. One never knows, do one? Chris McCandless ' story as related in Into the Wild was fascinating in itself but to learn so much more about him, his sister and their family was rivetting. Thank you for stepping forward with The Wild Truth.
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting & at times painful truths Insightful look at the emotional damage that can happen in families & in this case, its well known consequences.
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Toxic Family When parents use emotional blackmail, physical and psychological battery it should come as little surprise when their children choose to reject them. It is the story of the McCandless children's upbringing that Carine McCandless tells in "The Wild Truth". McCandless mere and pere used their children as the "whipping boys" for their own toxic relationships and abusive personalities. The fact that both mom and pop were completely unable able or unwilling to see the damage they inflicted on their children is heart rending. Carine McCandless has written a powerful book that helps to clarify why her brother would have been compelled to set on out on the trek that ultimately claimed his life in Alaska.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read!! A wonderful follow-up companion to the best selling Into The Wild. This is book is a must read for anyone who has been fascinated by the story of Chris McCandless' journey into the Alaskan frontier. This novel provides a much welcomed back story providing insight and truth into the challenging and difficult upbringing of Chris and Carine McCandless. The book raises awareness to the true reasons why Chris McCandless was drawn to venture into the wild. Written by Carine McCandless the book shares intimate and emotional stories of a family struggle and the challenges of life which provide a solid understanding and background to the Into the Wild novel by Jon Krakauer. Fantastic and Powerful!
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wild Truth I enjoyed reading the history of the McCandless family. It is so sad Chris's only escape from his past and frustration with his parents were to get as far away as possible. His reality and his parents reality were to far apart for reconciling. Great book sad circumstances.
Date published: 2014-12-30

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“A powerful book…For me, reading it was like finding a crucial missing word in the middle of a crossword puzzle: once those letters were filled in, the answers to the blank spaces around them also cascaded into place.”