Literary Icon Chris McCandless's Sister Discusses their Violent Childhood and How Chris Died at Peace on Maria Menounos's Book Circle Online

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Carine McCandless is the sister of Chris McCandless (Into The Wild). He sat down with host Jeffrey Masters on Maria Menounos' online broadcast network Book Circle Online to promote her book, The Wild Truth, and talk about their violent childhood and how Chris ultimately died at peace.

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"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

On her abusive childhood being a factor in Chris wanting to live in the wild:
McCandless says, "I think it's important that people understand how much Chris was hurting when he left to explain why he left the way he did. It's one thing to go off into extreme adventures. It's another thing to do that and cut off all contact with your family, reinvent your identity."

The book does not always portray McCandless' parent's positively, but she says, "This book is written in no way to villainize my parents. It's to humanize them. People can't learn from the villains, they learn from humans."

On Chris dying at peace with the decisions that lead to his death:
McCandless says, "Chris died at peace. He was not happy to be dying in any form. He was devastated to be losing his life, but he was at peace with the choices that he had made." She says, "That emotion that you see coming through him is just pure emotion. He's dying. His face is skeletal, emaciated, and yet he's got this beautiful smile."

On Chris's distrust for people and desire for truth:
McCandless says, "Chris didn't trust relationships so much. There's "Happiness only real when shared" that he wrote in his book, and I write in my book about how when you turn the next page, it said, "Relationships: Those Real - Those False", which I found both hopeful and cautionary.

The full interview is available on iTunes, YouTube, and the Book Circle Online website:

About Book Circle Online:
Book Circle Online is the world’s first online network with shows dedicated to the intimate discussion and dissection of various books. BCO also features one on one author interviews, and engages fellow fans via social media.

BCO Hosts, comprised of authors, writers, critics and media personalities, discuss all aspects of the book from the author’s inspiration and background to chapter by chapter breakdowns. Hosts offer insight and opinions as well as diverse and thought provoking views.

Book Circle Online can be seen here on the website, on YouTube, or downloaded as a podcast on iTunes.

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