The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.

Recommended by Ann Thomas, Uxbridge Free Public Library Director: “All about a man who goes into the woods to live off the land, and does it for 27 years. It’s just so interesting, and talks about hermit traditions in other countries as well.”