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The wild truth
McCandless, Carine, author.
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New York, N.Y. : HarperAudio, [2014]
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7 audio discs (8 1/2 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
"The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Krakauer's book, Into the Wild, became an international bestseller, translated into thirty-one languages, and Sean Penn's inspirational film by the same name further skyrocketed Chris McCandless to global fame. But the real story of Chris's life and his journey has not yet been told--until now. The missing pieces are finally revealed in The Wild Truth, written by Carine McCandless, Chris's beloved and trusted sister. Featured in both the book and film, Carine has wrestled for more than twenty years with the legacy of her brother's journey to self-discovery, and now tells her own story while filling in the blanks of his. Carine was Chris's best friend, the person with whom he had the closest bond, and who witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Growing up in the same troubled household, Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family. In the many years since the tragedy of Chris's death, Carine has searched for some kind of redemption. In this touching and deeply personal memoir, she reveals how she has learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth"--
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Boston Free Library CT274.M31 M32 2014C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
Dudley Branch Library CT274.M31 M32 2014C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
Clearfield Library CT274.M31 M32 2014C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
Eggertsville-Snyder Library CT274.M31 M32 2014C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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In April 1992, a young man named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaskan wilderness, where he survived for more than 100 days before perishing in an abandoned bus. For over twenty years his story has captivated millions, and yet only one person knew the truth behind his remarkable journey--until now.

Through a tumultuous childhood, the McCandless siblings clung to each other amidst a chaotic home life, forming a lifelong bond and an unbreakable trust. So when Chris abandoned nearly all of his possessions, cut off all family ties, and forged an anonymous existence on the road, Carine understood what drew Chris away from all he had known. Having to face her own truth and surmount some crushing obstacles in the absence of her beloved brother, Carine drew strength from his constant presence while forging ahead on her own unique journey.

A powerful and deeply personal story, The Wild Truth is both a revelatory glimpse into the life of Chris McCandless and the inspirational tale of one woman's resilience in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.

Author Notes

Carine McCandless is an entrepreneur, activist, and author. She has been successfully self-employed since she started her first company at the age of nineteen. She is the sister of Chris McCandless, who was the subject of the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Her memoir, The Wild Truth, was published in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The author's older brother famously went into the Alaskan bush in 1992 and became immortalized by Jon Krakauer in the best-seller, Into the Wild (1996). As portrayed here, Carine and Chris McCandless grew up in a household suffering from psychological and physical abuse at the hands of parents who shared a tumultuous relationship. This scorched-earth memoir has a certain dark appeal, but readers looking for insight into why Chris sought comfort in the wilderness and tried to emulate Thoreau will likely be somewhat disappointed. Carine writes of her painful search for love, numerous failed attempts to make peace with parents she loathes, and her lifelong affection for her brother, but reveals no secret truth as to why he chose Alaska. Drawing on previously unpublished letters from Chris and her own recollections, she seeks to answer the questions raised by the Into the Wild myth. But while readers will know Carine intimately by the final pages, they can not deny that yet again Chris is revealed through the lens of someone else's memories.--Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Twenty years ago, Jon Krakauer wrote in Into the Wild the stunning story of Chris McCandless, a young man who walked into the Alaska wilderness and starved to death. At the time, Krakauer spoke with Chris's sister, Carine, who allowed Krakauer to read Chris's letters, but asked the author not to print them. Two decades later, in this fiercely honest and gripping memoir, Carine shares many of these letters and candidly reveals the harsh and violent family in which the two grew up. The siblings' father constantly berated and physically abused his young wife, and, as young children, Chris and Carine comforted each other the best they could. "Our parents hurt us constantly, but they were our parents. We wanted to believe the warm moments showed who they genuinely were, not just another part of the show they put on." Chris eventually found freedom when he took off on his own in the year following high school graduation, and before he entered Emory-his father demanded to know Chris's plans for the summer, but Chris refused, making the threats fell empty. When Chris headed off on his post-college journey, he left Carine to cope with her parents, and to stake out her own life. In the end, this is Carine's story. She honestly shares her successes and failures in work and relationships as she comes to the realization that she has tried to find in adult life what was lacking in her childhood: worth, strength, and unconditional love. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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