Jon Krakauer’s international bestseller, Into the Wild, and Sean Penn’s inspirational film of the same name skyrocketed Chris McCandless (aka Alexander Supertramp) to global fame after he hitchhiked to Alaska and walked into the wilderness alone in 1992. In The Wild Truth, Chris’s sister, Carine, tells her own story, while filling in the blanks of her brother’s journey. Together they witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family, and reveals how she learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth.
“The constant misconceptions about my brother made me want to cry out the real reasons why walking into the wild was far from crazy, but the sanest thing Chris could have done.” – Carine McCandless, The Wild Truth
In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Carine McCandless about her book, The Wild Truth. For more on Chris and Carine McCandless, be sure to catch Return to the Wild: The Chriss McCandless Story on Tuesday, November 25 9/8:00c on PBS.
Bio: 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.