The Wild Truth by Carine McCandlessThe Wild Truth by Carine McCandless

The Wild Truth

byCarine McCandless

Paperback | November 17, 2015

Pricing and Purchase Info

$17.64 online 
$21.00 list price save 16%
Earn 88 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


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.

Carine McCandless is an entrepreneur, activist, and author. She has been successfully self-employed since she started her first company at the age of nineteen. She is the sister of Chris McCandless, who was the subject of the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Her memoir, The Wild Truth, was published in 2014.
Title:The Wild TruthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:November 17, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062325159

ISBN - 13:9780062325150


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was so excited to read this book But I lost it somewhere as soon as I bought it... Sorry if that's not a great review. I'll be repurchasing because I heard so many great things about it and loved the original story.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic A great follow up to the story of Into The Wild. A further glimpse into the lives of Christopher and Carine McCandless.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good ** spoiler alert ** Pretty Good When I heard that there was another book on the story of Chris McCandless I requested it from the library. The blurb hinted about telling us things we never expected from his story but I didn't find many of it surprising. The movie and book do heavily imply that he had an abusive childhood. It even features the scene with the mom being pushed into the mattress and the dad saying "look what you're making me do." So I didn't learn much of what I already knew. With that said it did give a new perspective of his family and what they must have gone through and I feel Carine hero worshipped Chris to the point where he could never have done anything wrong in her eyes. I think he may have also grown tired of some of her behaviour over the years as (as another reviewer pointed out) she becomes very materialistic which is not always a bad thing but when she says she had to forgo luxuries like the hair salon and jazz festivals I had to roll my eyes. I don't know how I feel about her constant marriages. I mean she has every right to marry and leave a bad situation but the marriage itself just felt so unnecessary and sudden. You can have a good relationship without that commitment. And then when in the last pages she mentions separating Robert I had to roll my eyes. She goes on about the perfection of the relationship only for it to end and I'm like okay who saw that coming? I've always been skeptical about Chris himself. Torn between finding him interesting and unique to finding him selfish and pretentious. He wasn't the first kid to come from an abusive home and not the last. Carine's surprise over his friendship with Wayne struck me because how can you abhor violence yet speak so highly of a violent man. But then again Carine speaks highly about Sean Penn and he is an abuser too. So neither of them are innocent in that regard.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read!! I literally did not put it down until I was finished....a very honest book. Highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting read! Had a hard time putting it down, and was very happy with the dialogue throughout the book, as it kept me very engaged
Date published: 2016-07-05
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 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 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

Editorial Reviews

“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.”