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

Staff Pick Logo
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
$16.00
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days

Staff Reviews


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

March 2017 Indie Next List


“This is the fascinating true story of Christopher Knight, who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years and survived by stealing supplies from vacation cabins while living in extreme conditions to avoid detection. After more than 1,000 burglaries, he was finally caught and partially reintegrated into society. His story is told together with the history of hermits and those who have sought solitude in order to have insight. Chris defies psychological profiling, and it's amazing Finkel was even able to interview him to write this book. This level of solitude would drive most people insane, but for Chris, it seems like an almost pure contemplative state. An excellent read.”
— Todd Miller, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI

Summer 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List


“At 20 years old, Chris Knight drove into the Maine woods as far as his gas tank would take him, got out, threw his keys on the center console, walked into the forest, and lived in solitude for the next 27 years. While the story is largely the reader’s voyeuristic look at how he survived, this book is really an interesting commentary on introversion at its most extreme and its effects on an individual, a family, and society. It’s a fascinating read with references from history, philosophy, and psychology that don’t bog down the intensity of the story, which reads like a novel.”
— Jessica Perez , University Book Store (Mill Creek), Mill Creek, WA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432847630
ISBN-10: 1432847635
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: February 7th, 2018
Pages: 253
Language: English