Book Club: The Stranger in the Woods

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Event:
Book Club: The Stranger in the Woods
Start:
March 3, 2018 9:00 AM
End:
March 3, 2018 11:00 AM
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Book Club: The Stranger in the Woods
Updated:
November 29, 2017
Venue:
Montrose Regional Library Meeting Room
Address:
320 S. 2nd St. , Montrose, CO, 81401, United States

Join us!  This is a new date and time starting February 2018.  The Book Club will meet on the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the meeting room at the Library. These books were chosen at the group’s meeting in August 2017. For more information, call Tania Hajjar at 970/249-9656 (ext. 3).

The selection for March 2018 is The Stranger in the Woods  by Michael Finkel, presented by Caroline Evans.

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.  A New York Times bestseller. 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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