Carine McCandless The Wild Truth

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The Wild Truth

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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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One of the driving points of "The Wild Truth" is that [McCandless s] famous, ultimately fatal journey of adventure and discovery was motivated in large part by a desire to escape his parents Carine s new book fleshes out the causes of Chris s actions with much more detail and impact. --Outsideonline.com"

A moving and revelatory saga. --Boston Globe"

"The Wild Truth" is a moving narrative of domestic abuse, grief and survival, and for the perspective and revelations it contains, an essential additon to the "Into the Wild" story. --Newsweek"

Fiercely honest and gripping. . . . 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. --Publishers Weekly"

"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"

"Powerful" . . . gripping to read. --Examiner.com"

One of the driving points of The Wild Truth is that [McCandless s] famous, ultimately fatal journey of adventure and discovery was motivated in large part by a desire to escape his parents Carine s new book fleshes out the causes of Chris s actions with much more detail and impact. --Outsideonline.com"

The Wild Truth is a moving narrative of domestic abuse, grief and survival, and for the perspective and revelations it contains, an essential additon to the Into the Wild story. --Newsweek"

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"

Helping her readers become more familiar with the overwhelming burdens caused by dysfunctional parents is one of The Wild Truth s major achievements. [McCandless] touches each of us [we] have a better sense of what drove her brother and compelled her to write about her own harrowing history. --Anchorage Press"

Powerful . . . gripping to read. --Examiner.com"

A powerful book For me, reading it was like finding a crucial missing word in the middle of a crossword puzzle: once those letters were filled in, the answers to the blank spaces around them also cascaded into place. --Eva Holland, Vela Magazine"

"One of the driving points of The Wild Truth is that [McCandless's] famous, ultimately fatal journey of adventure and discovery was motivated in large part by a desire to escape his parents...Carine's new book fleshes out the causes of Chris's actions with much more detail and impact."--Outsideonline.com

"A moving and revelatory saga."--Boston Globe

"The Wild Truth is a moving narrative of domestic abuse, grief and survival, and for the perspective and revelations it contains, an essential additon to the Into the Wild story."--Newsweek

"Fiercely honest and gripping. . . . 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."--Publishers Weekly

"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

"Helping her readers become more familiar with the overwhelming burdens caused by dysfunctional parents is one of The Wild Truth's major achievements. [McCandless] touches each of us...[we] have a better sense of what drove her brother and compelled her to write about her own harrowing history."--Anchorage Press

"Powerful . . . gripping to read."--Examiner.com

"A powerful book...For me, reading it was like finding a crucial missing word in the middle of a crossword puzzle: once those letters were filled in, the answers to the blank spaces around them also cascaded into place."--Eva Holland, Vela Magazine

-One of the driving points of The Wild Truth is that [McCandless's] famous, ultimately fatal journey of adventure and discovery was motivated in large part by a desire to escape his parents...Carine's new book fleshes out the causes of Chris's actions with much more detail and impact.---Outsideonline.com

-A moving and revelatory saga.---Boston Globe

-The Wild Truth is a moving narrative of domestic abuse, grief and survival, and for the perspective and revelations it contains, an essential additon to the Into the Wild story.---Newsweek

-Fiercely honest and gripping. . . . 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.---Publishers Weekly

-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

-Helping her readers become more familiar with the overwhelming burdens caused by dysfunctional parents is one of The Wild Truth's major achievements. [McCandless] touches each of us...[we] have a better sense of what drove her brother and compelled her to write about her own harrowing history.---Anchorage Press

-Powerful . . . gripping to read.---Examiner.com

-A powerful book...For me, reading it was like finding a crucial missing word in the middle of a crossword puzzle: once those letters were filled in, the answers to the blank spaces around them also cascaded into place.---Eva Holland, Vela Magazine

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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.

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