I don’t read very much nonfiction, unless it is assigned or required reading for a class. So when I choose a nonfiction book it is usually an author I really like or a topic I really like. Jon Krakauer is one of my favorite nonfiction writers I usually will read most of the books that he writes, even if I don’t buy all of them. I like the research that he puts into his writing and I appreciate the style that he writes. Plus, it’s true I know that if I read his book very carefully I can always regift it to my husband who will never know…

Into the Wild is the story of how Christopher Johnson McCandless became Alexander Supertramp. After graduating from school in 1991, McCandless began a journey into nature, he travelled through the West and Southwest and ended up burning the money in his wallet, donating the rest, and then hitchhiking to Alaska. In Alaska he removed himself from all contact only to have his decomposed body found by moose hunters. What I liked best about this book is how unapologetic Krakauer is in his defense of McCandles. In many ways, Krakauer sees his younger self in McCandless, he even talks about this in the book, a lot. He defends McCandless, because McCandless was unequivocally McCandless, he was an adventurer who lived adventure, he was a philosopher who lived philosophy, he was who he said he was. He learned lessons along the way, probably some of them too late, but he did grow and learn. I personally don’t agree with Krakauer about McCandless, but I still love the way he writes, this is a book that divided people primarily based on how they felt about McCandless, but I saw it more as great writing that could draw you in and make you care that much about someone who otherwise you probably would never have heard of. Most of Krakauer’s writing is like this, divisive, but powerful.

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