The Wild Truth - Carine McCandless

The Wild Truth

By Carine McCandless

  • Release Date: 2014-11-11
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4 Score: 4 (From 228 Ratings)


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."–

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.


  • The Wild Truth

    By Dan FG
    A wonderfully written memoir. This must have taken an extraordinary amount of courage to write and to live the life Carine McCandless has lived. Bravo!
  • Amazingly written book!!

    By Penny B from Indiana
    This book is excellent...At times very sad, but it has great parts. It awakened me what we're on this planet for: each other, the gift of love, family, the gift of giving.... It's amazingly written by Chris McCandless' sister and has since been made into a movie starring Sean Penn which I haven't seen. I would recommend this book to all of my friends.
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    By YoseMose
    I've always been a fan of Into The Wild. I think I've read it a dozen times. When the movie surfaced I began asking how much of the movie was real because so much of it was not in the book. I felt a sense of much awaited answers after reading The Wild Truth. Things seemed to click and make sense. Overall, I think that Carine and her siblings ability to forgive what seemed to be endlessly the woes of their father and Carine's mother is strengthening. I often find my relationships with a parent rather difficult to manage at times. The resilience glowed through onto the pages and I have a great amount of respect for all the McCandless children. Thank you for this book. It tied loose ends and helped resolve something for me.
  • Into the Wild

    By Mwildhorse
    Compelling read - finished book in 24 hours.
  • Riveting

    By Frequent phone loser
    Couldn't put it down.
  • The Wild Truth

    By MuppetManFan1
  • ...the rest of the story

    By Grangemont
    Nice completion to Into the Wild! Interesting read. Would highly reading this.