Nonfiction Book Club

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Our discussions take place in our Community Room unless otherwise indicated.  Copies of the books for discussion are available at our Checkout Desk for readers registering for the discussion. We welcome new members!

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary True Story of the Last True Hermit book coverThe Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary True Story of the Last True Hermit

Tuesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m.

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.

This discussion will be held upstairs in the library.

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