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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

A National Geographic Best Book of the Year 

National Bestseller


Many people dream of escaping modern life. Most will never act on it—but in 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight did just that when he left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another person for the next twenty-seven years.
 
Drawing on extensive interviews with Knight himself, journalist Michael Finkel shows how Knight lived in a tent in a secluded encampment, developing ingenious ways to store provisions and stave off frostbite during the winters. A former alarm technician, he stealthily broke into nearby cottages for food, books, and supplies, taking only what he needed but sowing unease in a community plagued by his mysterious burglaries. Since returning to the world, he has faced unique challenges—and compelled us to reexamine our assumptions about what makes a good life. By turns riveting and thought-provoking, The Stranger in the Woods gives us a deeply moving portrait of a man determined to live his own way.

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.

ISBN: 9781101911532

ISBN-10: 9781101911532

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 01/30/2018 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/30/2018 - 12:00am

Pages: 224

Language: English

Categories

Nature / Ecosystems & Habitats / Forests & Rainforests

Travel / United States / Northeast / New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

Biography & Autobiography / Adventurers & Explorers

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