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Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit | Michael Finkel
Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality--not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own. 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, this 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.
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KimmyM
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4 / 5 ⭐ A fascinating read! I'm usually not one for #nonfiction but I was intrigued by this book amd found it a very fastpaced read.

Letora Non fiction is hard for me to finish. Maybe this one will keep my attention :) 2w
KimmyM @Letora It is for me too! But this is a shortish book with quick chapters, which helped me get through it quickly! 2w
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Sweettartlaura
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Could you go 27 years without talking to people? Sleeping inside? Taking a hot shower? Chris Knight did that... in the harsh Maine woods.
This was a compelling tale of a real-life folktale, interspersed with some of the history of hermits.
It was even more interesting than I hoped - pick this up 📚

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Caroline2
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Mehso-so

So this guy goes and lives in the woods for decades but he‘s not ‘living off the land‘ he steals from all the local residents. He‘s caught & goes to jail...the writer admits to being constantly told to go away and that he‘s causing “serious damage” to the family yet continues to pursue the guy any way?? This was a weird read!!!!! #nfnov

arubabookwoman Exactly my reaction whenI read that book! 1mo
rsteve388 6 pts 1mo
Caroline2 @arubabookwoman it was nothing like I expected it to be. 😳 1mo
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Addison_Reads
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Such a fascinating read that I felt connected to more than I thought I would.

Following Knight's thoughts as he insolated himself from the outside world made me wonder if I could do the same. Not that I would, but the choices he made and his desire to stay hidden away was very intriguing.

Great way to start out this month. 💚

#NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

rsteve388 6 pts! 1mo
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Addison_Reads
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#NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

#TIL about the book in the photo, Very Special People. While listening to the tagged book, The Stranger in the Woods, I learned that Christopher Knight stayed isolated from the world, alone in the woods for over 20 years. During that time he read a lot to occupy his time, and the book in the photo was one of his favorites because he too felt like a "freak." I now want to find this book and read it.

ljuliel I read this book a REALLY long time ago. I still had brown hair and real knees back then. It was really interesting ! 1mo
Addison_Reads @rsteve388 @Clwojick This one was from a few days ago, but it never got marked with points. Should be 4pts I think? 3 for #TIL and 1 for the post. Thank you both for doing this! 👍 1mo
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Addison_Reads
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Starting this one today while working. This will be my first, of many I hope, for #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

rsteve388 1 pt 1mo
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JHgotham
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Literally out in the woods..reading stranger in the woods. This book has been pretty fascinating so far. To learn the kind of someone who is just..different. And there doesn‘t have to be anything wrong with you to just decide you prefer your own company. A lot of fun so far.

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JHgotham
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A bit on the nose-but I‘m helping with a search and rescue mission and in my down time I‘ve started this. It‘s been really good so far!

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Maude
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I listened to this fascinating audiobook while organizing my bookshelves today. The 'hermit' was a man named Christopher Knight, he was an avid reader and had some very quotable moments in the book. I liked Finkel's writing style and will look for more of his work.

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caitlin.reads.books
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I finished this #bookclub book tonight and absolutely loved it! I bought it a few years ago and never got around to reading it until now. I didn‘t want to put it down. This story is fascinating. If you enjoy nature, solitude and/or nonfiction books, I highly recommend it! 💚

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Redjewel_7734
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We all think about & romanticize the idea of the hermit, of wanting to renounce society & its trappings, etc. But what does that really look like? & what would it take to do that? This is the story of someone who did, and it both is & isn‘t as appealing as it sounds. I found much to admire in the hermit of North Pond, Maine, but I wouldn‘t call him likable or someone I‘d want to emulate. He‘s complicated & this telling of his story is fascinating.

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amiekreger
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This is turning out to be a very quick read. So fascinating.

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amiekreger
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This could be next on my list.

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OrangeMooseReads
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I pulled the tagged book off the shelf for my next read. I took a quick picture of it and then headed upstairs to bed. Guess what I forgot to grab the book. I don‘t want to go back downstairs. Instead I‘ll be starting the pictured book tonight. #latenightbrain #upnext #readingbeforebed

Crazeedi I've heard this is very good 4mo
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Eggs
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nelehelen I‘ve had this on my TBR since it came out. I def need to read this!! 5mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🌳 5mo
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MallenNC
The Stranger in the Woods | Michael Finkel
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This book is about a man who walked away from “civilization” and into the #forest in Maine, where he lived for two decades. Very interesting. #LetsTravelJuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! 🌲🌲 5mo
OriginalCyn620 I could never do that but can certainly understand why others would want to. 🌳 (edited) 5mo
Chasingmermaids You‘d honestly be surprised how many people actually live like this here. You always hear from at least one situation like this or in what used to camps in bad repair. 5mo
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Becker
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Hold came in from the library today, just in time for the weekend.🌲

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Aleks1275
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Mehso-so

I didn't got my attention to much...4 stars ...

Suet624 Oh, I loved this book!!! 5mo
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Tex2Flo
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@Cinfhen @KarenUK #lilithjuly #thestory
This was one of the most unexpected stories I had had heard about recent times. That there could be a hermit living in the woods in this technological age was fascinating.

emz711 Tbr! Thanks 5mo
KarenUK Great pick 👍😊🌲🌲🌲 5mo
Cinfhen Sorry I missed this post!! It was such a fascinating read!!! 5mo
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Amandajoy
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I have an hour before my flight to sit and enjoy this. #airportreading #thisiswhyiarriveearly

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Caroline2
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Some would call this guy a #foolonthehill but I‘m looking forward to reading this book #beatlemaynia

Gina I really believe this guy is on the autism spectrum 7mo
Eggs I read this while treadmilling. Quick read and true 7mo
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bookvixen
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Mehso-so

Interesting read would have loved to hear more from Chris but the history of the hermit has me wanting to know more

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kelseynicburke
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Slajaunie I love this. 💙 7mo
Pricel101 💜🙏📚love this too 7mo
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kelseynicburke
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Interesting

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Mdargusch
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This is one of my all time favorite nonfiction #botm selections. One day Christopher Knight drove to the woods in Maine, left his car, and walked into the woods. He stayed there for 27 years without human interaction and surviving on only what he could steal from nearby cottages or forage for in the woods. But why? Fascinating look into the life of a hermit.

#gimmeshelter #maymoviemagic

teainthelibrary Such a great book! 7mo
Cinfhen Fantastic choice!! This was one of my early picks from BOTM 7mo
batsy Nice pick! 7mo
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rather_be_reading i absolutely loved that one! 7mo
rohit-sawant Awesome pick! 👏🏼👏🏼 7mo
Reviewsbylola Same!! And I think it was the only selection of that particular month that I didn‘t buy. Go figure! 7mo
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Gina
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For those who have never heard of the North Pond Hermit this is a fascinating read.

http://honesttopaws.com/north-pond-hermit-htp/?as=6dap23843321753140373&bdk=a6da...

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Olivia306
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This was such an interesting take on the life of a man, who managed to live by himself for 27 years in the woods of Maine. It‘s a fascinating tale about a man‘s desire to simply live alone. I liked the fact that Mr. Finkle doesn‘t shy away from discussing Mr. Knight‘s methods and show multiple sides of the story. But I would‘ve liked to see a more in depth approach to Mr. Knight‘s story, maybe more of the research done. A good read nonetheless. 📚

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BillyH
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Book #94 of my 400 goal. This was a truly amazing story and I enjoyed greatly. Intriguing, interesting, philosophical, and thoughts provoking. I‘d definitely recommend this if it sounds interesting to you. That being said I think there were more questions to be asked and answered about the human psyche. It didn‘t quite touch on everything I think it should have, however what it did encompass was extravagant. Great read.

AmyG 400! Wow. That‘s an amazing goal. 9mo
Naj Wow. Super impressed by your goal and progress. Great going! 9mo
ShyBookOwl Bulldozing through -- good for you!! 9mo
Rissreads I loved this book too! 9mo
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Kerrioke
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My stack of #GreenReads also kinda works for #TurnBackTime. I‘ve read all of these books, save one, and two of my favorite series from the past are represented here!

#LiteraryLuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 💚💚💚 9mo
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bookish_wookish
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#frideas @SailorMoon

1. Fiction 📖
2. I dont read a lot of non-fiction but i really liked The Stanger In The Woods
3. Math ✖️➗➖➕
4. 1920‘s
5. Heyyy 👋🏼 @Gaylagal2 @BookwormAHN @Jee_HookedOnBookz

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 9mo
Gaylagal2 @bookish_wookish 😘 Have a great weekend! 9mo
ProfReader I bookish wookish!!!! 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Hi Amy! How are you? Mine was math too and science! 😅 9mo
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erinreads
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Starting something new on my kindle because a) I stupidly turned it off airplane mode, so I lost my library loan, and b) I have the same book in physical form from the library, but it‘s so noisy, so I don‘t want to disturb my much needed sleepy kitten cuddle time. 😻 #damnfinecooper #catsoflitsy

And for everyone who commented and expressed their love with my post yesterday, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love this community so much. 💕

8little_paws This book is awesome, hope you like it 10mo
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m.galehuxley
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I‘ve been having a hard time focusing on audiobooks lately. I returned the last few halfway through so that I could buy or borrow a physical copy.

I‘ve been interested in this one since it came out. So let‘s see. 45 minutes in, and I‘m already checking if the library has a copy. 🤷‍♀️

Tamra I also frequently have to sample several in a row before I can settle in. (edited) 10mo
LoverofLit I have had a tough time lately too. I think it's just a new year slump! 10mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt1 Our #litmail group had a Xmas swap between members but mine got lost in the mail. So my swap partner, the lovely @SarahK surprised me with three books from Amazon today. Thank you lovely! This is another to add to my #NonFiction2019 list. A man lived alone in the Maine woods for 27yrs, with no one knowing. He just walked into the woods with a tent & minimal supplies & had no human contact for almost 3 decades.

emilyhaldi I loved this one!! 11mo
Lauram I really liked this one. I can‘t believe he survived those winters. 11mo
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heikemarie
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This was just okay. can‘t go wrong reading a book about a hermit who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years though! I thought the tone the author took was obnoxious at times. Full review at ireadthereforeiam.wordpress.com ☺️

mreads 😻 11mo
BookBabe 😻😻 11mo
readordierachel Kitties! 11mo
heikemarie @mreads @BookBabe @ReadOrDie I know right?! They‘re the best. 11mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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"For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years.” Not read but seemed like a good for #musicalnewyear #onmyown

Cinfhen Excellent choice and interesting read (edited) 11mo
Suet624 This is a great book. 11mo
DivineDiana Agree with @Cinfhen 11mo
vivastory I definitely recommend this one. It's a quick read. 11mo
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Gregvdvinne

“‘ The idea that there is somewhere we have to go, and something we have to attain, is our basic delusion.‘” Tenzin Palmo

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Gregvdvinne

“‘It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”‘ Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Nebklvr
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This was a well written and well narrated account of a fascinating encounter in Maine with a hermit. I can understand the man‘s desire to unfetter himself from society but his actions put him beyond the pale. He found contentment in the woods by stealing it from others who at one time felt safe there.

Dragon Great review, stacking! 12mo
Nebklvr @Dragon Will be interested to hear your thoughts on it! 12mo
Dragon Thanks 👍😀🐉 12mo
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seydoggy
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A bit short, and not deeply researched but an entertaining read none the less.

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CraftyBookNerd1
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Quite fascinating that one man could go 27 years without any human contact/interaction...in the woods...I know wouldn‘t last 😅
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

I liked it! I‘ve read that for others it was a bit of a miss but I found the setting and the stranger fascinating and couldn‘t wait to hear more. I listened in audio and enjoyed the added atmosphere that the narrator‘s gravelly voice brought to the experience. ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟

callunakeep I loved this book!! 12mo
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Prairiegirl_reading
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I have a dream of running away to the woods. I‘m way too much of a delicate flower to ever actually do it.
So I thought this would be interesting but I liked it a lot more than I expected to!

RaimeyGallant I'm toying with adding this one to my list. 12mo
Prairiegirl_reading @RaimeyGallant the audio moves super quick. Even if you hate it it won‘t take up much time. 12mo
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Julsmarshall
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Needed a new audiobook! Been wanting to get to this one forever! A few minutes in and I‘m happy I picked it up! #truecrime #MountTBR

rather_be_reading i loved this book! 12mo
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LapReader
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I especially can‘t wait to read The Glass Castle. Thankyou @BurghBookAddict

Burghbookaddict 😊😊😊 13mo
Caroline2 The Glass Castle is soooo good! 👍🏻 13mo
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hike.read.repeat
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Super quick read/listen. I definitely sympathized with the hermit even though he stole to get by. I think people are fascinated by these kinds of stories bc there‘s part of us that wishes we could do the same thing.

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hike.read.repeat

He‘s stripped the world to its essentials, and proper names are not essential.

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MStew
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Reading with babe @trioxin_sematary on break brought my book so we could get reading time together and eating my fav chips😂 I never get to eat them so I splurged

I'm enjoying this so far😍😘

#currentlyreading
#buddyread
#couplesoflitsy

MommyWantsToReadHerBook I really want to read this! 1y
Samplergal I really enjoyed this one! 1y
trioxin_sematary I'm loving it! 😘 1y
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Velvetfur Wow, that sounds so good! 1y
zzz Funyons are excellent! 1y
Decalino That was a really fascinating book! 1y
AJones 😋 I 💛 Funyuns too! 1y
ShelleyBooksie This book left me wanting to know more 1y
MStew @Jen_is_always_reading 😊they are!! 1y
MStew @Decalino 😄great 1y
MStew @Velvetfur its pretty good so far😃😃 1y
MStew @MommyWantsToReadHerBook you should!!😄 1y
MStew @Samplergal 😃😃 1y
MStew @AJones they are tasty!!😎 1y
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