Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

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					                                                               Book Summary
                     Into the Wild
                                              “In April 1992 a young man from a
                           by                    well-to-
                                                 well-to-do family hitchhiked to
                                                 Alaska and walked alone into the
                    Jon Krakauer                 wilderness north of Mt. McKinley.
                                                 His name was Christopher
                     2008-2009 College Book
                     2008-                                 McCandless.
                                                 Johnson McCandless. He had
                                                 given $25,000 in savings to
                         presentation by         charity, abandoned his car and
                      Sheryl Herchenroeder       most of his possessions, burned all
                                                 the cash in his wallet and invented
                                                 a new life for himself…”

                 Themes                                          Related Books
Spiritual journey                               Walden - Thoreau, Kerouac, London &
Coming of age                                   Tolstoy
Nature / environment                            Descent into Madness: The Diary of a Killer
Alaska / wilderness / travel / adventure        Mad Trapper of Rat River
Courage & survival                              Back from the Land: How Young Americans
Loneliness & isolation                          Went to Nature in the 1970s and Why They
                                                Came Back
Family & relationships
                                                Riding with Strangers: A Hitchhiker's Journey

     Possible OBOC Events                           Discussions
                                                      Loneliness vs solitary by choice
Documentaries and fictional films about               Relationships (long term vs short term)
Alaska and the wilderness such as:                                                        What’
                                                      Who are you? What defines you? What’s
  Grizzly Man                                         in a a name? What material possessions
  Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (originally on IMAX)     could you give up? What would you take
  Into the Wild (now on DVD)                          with you to a deserted island?
  Castaway                                            Psychology of survival – what happens
Gallery exhibits on nature and self portraiture       during/after isolation – PTSD
Offsite book discussion (REI or park setting)         Hitchhiking & train jumping as
Local conservation project                            transportation

Display on McCandless’ trip from Atlanta to
Alaska – map, regional photos, etc.
Lectures by adventure backpackers and rock
Discussions and activities to bring light to
hunger and starvation both locally and
  Donation Drive for food/money
  Fasting for a set period of time
Cooking and eating “in the wild” - foraging