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

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A biography so intriguing, I read it in one sitting. It is a fascinating, amazing and unsettling story of Christopher Knight, who at age 20 in 1986 retreated deep into the Maine woods and lived in total solitude until his capture in 2013. He sleeps year-round in a tent, breaks into cottages for food, clothing and reading materials, and remains healthy throughout. This is a book about one man’s relationship with nature, solitude, and a deeply strange re- entry into the modern world. So haunting on many levels and I can’t stop thinking about it.

— Carolyn

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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.

About the Author


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101911532
ISBN-10: 1101911530
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Pages: 224
Language: English