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release date: May 17, 2018
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The Stranger in the Woods: The extraordinary story of the last true hermit
*THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* Could you leave behind all that you know and live in solitude for three decades? This is the extraordinary story of the last true hermit - Christopher Knight. 'This was a breath-taking book to read and many weeks later I am still thinking about the implications for our society and - by extension - for my own life' Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of The Perfect Storm 'A wry meditation on one man's attempt to escape life's distractions and look inwards, to find meaning not by doing, but by being'Martin Sixsmith, bestselling author of Philomena and Ayesha's Gift 'Not all heroes wear capes. My latest one is a man called Christopher Knight - a silent idol for anyone who has felt the urge to just sack it all off and live the life of a hermit' Lucy Mangan, Stylist 'An extraordinary story about solitude, community, identity and freedom' Guardian 'A meditation on solitude, wildness and survival. It is also, unexpectedly, a tribute to the joys of reading' The Wall Street Journal In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not speak to another human being until three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Christopher survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water in order to avoid freezing to death in his tent during the harsh Maine winters. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, reading material and other provisions, taking only what he needed. In the process, he unwittingly terrified a community unable to solve the mysterious burglaries. Myths abounded amongst the locals eager to find this legendary hermit. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life and the challenges he faced returning to the world. The Stranger in the Woods is a riveting story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude and what makes for a good life.Above all, this is a deeply moving portrait of a man determined to live life his own way.
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release date: Apr 07, 2015
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True Story tie-in edition: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa

Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Jonah Hill & James Franco and Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures

When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo–who has taken on Finkel's identity–his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel's relentless pursuit of the shocking truth.

release date: Oct 29, 2013
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Renaissance Studies: A «Festschrift» in Honor of Professor Edward J. Olszewski
This Festschrift is dedicated to Edward J. Olszewski and was created by his former PhD students in gratitude and honor of a professor whose innovative and comprehensive research spans the Renaissance and Baroque periods. His research provided much insight to the arts, issues of patronage, conservation, and context. The text includes an array of topics conceived by each author while studying with Olszewski. His intense seminar on Michelangelo was the catalyst for many articles: Jennifer Finkel introduces new ideas regarding the proposed sculptural plan for the façade of San Lorenzo; Dena M. Woodall provides keen insight on the representations of genii on the Sistine Ceiling; Karen Edwards proposes the early creation of the figura serpentinata in Michelangelo’s own drawings and paintings; and Rachel Geshwind offers a new interpretation of his use of color symbolism in the Sistine Chapel. This seminar, and another on Mannerism, involved provocative discussion of the competitors of Michelangelo, where the foundation was laid for the much needed re-examination of Baccio Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus in Michael Morford’s article, which introduces the probability of Machiavellian influence, and Christine Corretti’s interpretation of Cellini’s Perseus and Medusa as the symbol of Cosimo’s I ideas of justice and the influence of women in his life. Olszewski’s own research on patronage, especially of the Ottoboni, mirrors Henrietta Silberger’s article on the collecting habits of Livio Odescalchi. Finally, Holley Witchey provides a personal experience in authenticating works of art in collections (a topic of interest for Olszewski) and ends her essay with a series of important questions for each of us to ask ourselves.
release date: Mar 02, 2017
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Structuring Equality: A Handbook for Student-Centered Learning and Teaching Practices
"Structuring Equality shows us how to turn the theories of Dewey, Freire, hooks, and Dweck into actual pedagogical practice. It's a step-by-easy-step guide, with essays, lesson plans, and assignments designed to enliven and inspire any classroom. Written and edited by graduate and undergraduate students, the book models new ways of redressing structural inequality in our classrooms, institutions, and society at large."
—Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor and Founding Director, the Futures Initiative, The Graduate Center (CUNY) and Co-Founder and Director, HASTAC
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release date: Sep 07, 2020
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The Stranger in the Woods
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release date: Oct 01, 2003
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Alpine Circus: A Skier's Exotic Adventures at the Snowy Edge of the World
Boldly going where few others have gone before, Michael Finkel has spent a dozen winters journeying across six continents in order to write about the wonders and eccentricities of the world's snowy regions. In this collection of his finest work-part seat-of-the-pants adventure, part cultural exploration, and peppered throughout with humor and insight-Finkel takes the reader from the underside of an avalanche to the summit of Kilimanjaro. He partners with a gang of Kazak herdsmen in the remote peaks of China; he launches down the slopes of Iran as he learns about the Ayatollahs' Byzantine skiing rules; he goes through the torturous Marine Corps mountain warfare training; and he takes on New York City on cross-country skis.

With rare skill and insight, Finkel vividly recreates the thrill of flying off an Olympic ski jump in Lake Placid, the excitement of gliding through virgin snows on a remote Alaskan peak, and the exhilaration of taking off into the unexplored mountains of interior Greenland. In turn, ALPINE CIRCUS becomes the adventurous ride of a lifetime, a tour through a unique world with a unique guide that is sure to thrill both armchair travelers and Arctic explorers.
release date: Dec 12, 2017
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Babylon
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release date: Sep 07, 2020
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Alpine Circus: A Skier's Exotic Adventures at the Snowy Edge of the World Hardcover October 1, 1999
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release date: Sep 07, 2020
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True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel (2005-05-24)
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release date: Mar 01, 2018
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El extraño del bosque: La extraordinaria historia del último ermitaño (Spanish Edition)
In 1986, young Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts for the woods. He lived in isolation for 30 years, with no human interaction, until he was arrested for stealing food. Surviving due to his resourcefulness and bravery, he developed a set of ingenious methods for storing food and water and staying warm. Based on a series of interviews he held with Knight, Michael Finkel offers a detailed account of the why’s and how’s of this unusual life choice, as well as the challenges Knight faced upon returning to life in society.

Una fascinante historia de supervivencia, que plantea preguntas fundamentales sobre la soledad, la comunidad y la vida. Un retrato de un joven decidido a vivir la vida a su manera. En 1986, el joven Christopher Knight abandonó su casa de Massachussetts para internarse en un bosque. Durante treinta años vivió aislado, sin interactuar con ningún otro ser humano, hasta que lo arrestaron por robar comida. Durmiendo en una tienda de campaña incluso en invierno, sobrevivió gracias a su ingenio y valentía, desarrollando toda una serie de tácticas ingeniosas para almacenar agua y comida y evitar morir congelado. Robaba comida y elementos de primera necesidad de las cabañas cercanas al bosque, sembrando el terror en toda una comunidad que nunca fue capaz de resolver el misterio de los robos. Basándose en las largas entrevistas que le hizo al propio Knight, Michael Finkel ofrece un relato detallado de los porqués y los cómos de la vida aislada de este joven aventurero, así como de los retos a los que se tuvo que enfrentar al volver a vivir en sociedad.
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