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The stranger in the woods : the extraordinary story of the last true hermit

Author: Michael Finkel
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Publication:Midwest Best Sellers
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"For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Finkel, Michael.
Stranger in the woods.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
(DLC) 2016037679
Named Person: Christopher Thomas Knight; Christopher Thomas Knight; Christopher Thomas Knight
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Finkel
ISBN: 9781101875681 1101875682 1101911530 9781101911532
OCLC Number: 951753785
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Description: 203 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Michael Finkel.

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"For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. 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 in winter, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water, to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, 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 the why and how of his secluded life--as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world. A riveting 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"--Publisher description.

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