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*** The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit┬átells the story of a man who disappeared into the Maine woods and lived there, alone, for 27 years, helping himself to various supplies from the many vacation cabins around him, but eluding discovery despite maintaining an elaborate camp — and surviving Maine’s notorious old winters.

The author spoke with the hermit himself (not surprisingly, a man of a few words!) and describes extensively how he managed to survive, which makes for a strong and enjoyable narrative. The musings into why someone would stay alone for so long are less successful but give pause and respect to those who want to lead a truly different life.

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