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Title:
The wild truth
Author:
McCandless, Carine, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Physical Description:
xv, 277 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Summary:
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, as told by his beloved and trusted sister.

"The ... 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 ... Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Krakauer's book, Into the Wild, became an international bestseller ... and Sean Penn's ... 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 [this book], 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"--
Language:
English
Contents:
Worth -- Strength -- Unconditional Love -- Truth.
ISBN:
9780062325143
Format :
Book

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A New York Times Bestseller

" The Wild Truth is an important book on two fronts: It sets the record straight about a story that has touched thousands of readers, and it opens up a conversation about hideous domestic violence hidden behind a mask of prosperity and propriety."-NPR.org

In the more than twenty years since the body of Chris McCandless was discovered in the wilds of Alaska, his spellbinding story has captivated millions who have either read Jon Krakauer's iconic Into the Wild or seen Sean Penn's acclaimed film of the same name.

And yet, only one person has truly understood what motivated Chris's unconventional decision to forsake his belongings, abandon his family, and embrace the harsh wilderness. In The Wild Truth , his beloved sister Carine McCandless finally provides a deeply personal account of the many misconceptions about Chris, revealing the truth behind his fateful journey while sharing the remarkable details of her own.

Exposing the dark reality that existed behind the McCandless's seemingly idyllic home in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Carine details a violent home life, one where both parents manipulated the truth about a second family--a deception that pushed Chris over the edge and set the stage for his willing departure into the wild. And though he cut off all family ties, Carine understood--through their indelible bond and some cryptic communication--what Chris was seeking.

This understanding, kept under wraps for years as Carine struggled to maintain a relationship with her parents, now comes to spectacular light in the pages of The Wild Truth . In the decades since Chris's death, Carine and her half-siblings have come together to find their own truth and build their own beauty in his absence. In each other, they've found absolution, just as Chris found absolution in the wild before he died.

Beautiful and haunting, told with candor and heartbreaking insight, The Wild Truth presents a man the world only thought they knew--and the sister who has finally found redemption in sharing the rest of their story.


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.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prologuep. 1
Part 1 Worthp. 15
Part 2 Strengthp. 107
Part 3 Unconditional Lovep. 187
Part 4 Truthp. 223
Epiloguep. 253
Author's Notep. 265
Afterwordp. 269
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
About the Authorp. 279

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