Stranger Than Fiction Book Club-The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

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Program Type: Book Club
Age Group: Adults
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Stranger Than Fiction Book Club meets monthly to discuss current nonfiction titles. In August, we will discuss Michael Finkel's The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last Hermit.

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.