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Author: Carine McCandless Narrator: Carine McCandless, Matt Gardner, Shelly McCandless Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2014 ISBN: 9780062350978
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jon Krakauer’s moving 1996 portrait of [Chris McCandless] in Into the Wild became an international bestseller that was transformed eleven years later into a well-received Sean Penn film. Apparently though, we missed a crucial part of his story. Carine McCandless, his only full sibling, fills in the missing half in this striking memoir about a violent home life and brutal parental deceptions. The Wild Life adds new dimensions to Krakauer’s account and places Chris’ story in even more stark light.”

    Barnes&, editorial review

  • "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.”


  • “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… 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

  • “Although McCandless is clearly not a professional narrator—her pacing isn’t always quite right, and some emotional scenes are slightly under- or overwrought—her story of family violence and the consequent search for peace and unconditional love is rendered honestly in a strong, clear voice. McCandless’s undying love for her lost brother, who protected her from a violent father and a self-absorbed mother, pierces the heart. Her voice also portrays a solid loyalty to her half-siblings.”


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About the Author

Carine McCandless is an entrepreneur, activist, and mother. She has been successfully self-employed since she started her first business at the age of nineteen. As a public speaker her presentations are featured in education and corporate venues across the United States. She is the sister of literary icon Chris McCandless and consulted closely with Jon Krakauer on his bestselling book Into the Wild. She also worked as a direct advisor and script contributor to Sean Penn for his film adaptation of the book. She lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her two daughters.