The stranger in the woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

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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.
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display_description "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"--
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Biographies, Hermits -- Maine -- Smithfield Region -- Biography, Knight, Christopher Thomas, -- 1965-, Recluses -- Maine -- Smithfield Region -- Biography, Smithfield Region (Me.) -- Biography, Solitude -- Case studies, Survival -- Case studies, Thieves -- Maine -- Smithfield Region -- Biography
title_display The stranger in the woods : the extraordinary story of the last true hermit
title_full The Stranger in the Woods The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, The stranger in the woods : the extraordinary story of the last true hermit / Michael Finkel, The stranger in the woods [sound recording] : [the extraordinary story of the last true hermit] / Michael Finkel
title_short The stranger in the woods :
title_sub The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Hermits, Knight, Christopher Thomas, Nature, Nonfiction, Recluses, Solitude, Survival, Thieves, Travel