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

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Can you even imagine spending 27 years in the Maine woods, sleeping in a tent even in the bitter winter? Michael Finkel’s Stranger in the Woods tells the story of Christopher Knight, who did exactly that. Somewhat of a “Boo Radley” and following principles found in the Art of War this true hermit and master thief managed to not only stay alive, but healthy. Reading material was more important than food to him. If he wasn’t discovered and arrested, I’m pretty sure he would still be there.

— Mary & PK

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