The Stranger In the Woods: The Extraordinary Story Of The Last True Hermit

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The Stranger In the Woods: The Extraordinary Story Of The Last True Hermit

Michael Finkel discusses his new book

In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. 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 through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, 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, The Stranger In The Woods is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life—why did he leave? what did he learn?—as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping 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.

On March 7th Michael Finkel discusses his new book, THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS: THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE LAST TRUE HERMIT, an expansion of his August 2014 GQ article, “The Strange and Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit” with Brian Kevin, managing editor of Down East Magazine. 

Tuesday
March 7, 2017
7:00 PM
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