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Carine McCandless


Carine McCandless

Carine McCandless is an entrepreneur, activist and mother. She has been successfully self-employed since she started her first company at the age of 19. As a public speaker her presentations are featured in education and corporate venues across the United States. Carine’s memoir, THE WILD TRUTH, was published on November 11, 2014.

Carine is the sister of literary icon Chris McCandless, a.k.a. Alexander Supertramp, whose life story captured the hearts of millions of people around the world. She played a vital role in the success of INTO THE WILD, the internationally bestselling book written by Jon Krakauer. Krakauer endorses Carine as “a gifted communicator, she is engaging, inspiring, and bracingly outspoken.” INTO THE WILD sold millions of copies in the U.S. alone, spent a remarkable 119 straight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, is printed in 31 languages and is required reading at universities all over the globe.

Carine also worked closely with Academy Award-winning actor and writer/director Sean Penn on his critically acclaimed film adaptation of INTO THE WILD. An accomplished writer, Carine received screen credit for her script contributions and narrative throughout the film, working alongside Penn, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds and actress Jena Malone, who portrays Carine. During the making of the film, Carine worked as a direct consultant to Penn and provided valuable insight to many of the actors including protagonist Emile Hirsch and Academy Award-winner Marcia Gay Harden.

Carine has been interviewed for such widely read publications as Outside MagazineThe New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times. She has appeared on national television broadcasts such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “CBS Sunday Morning” and “ABC News 20/20.”

She lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her two daughters.

Carine McCandless

Books by Carine McCandless

by Carine McCandless - Nonfiction

The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. But the real story of Chris’s life and his journey has not yet been told --- until now. The missing pieces are finally revealed in THE WILD TRUTH, written by Carine McCandless, Chris's beloved and trusted sister.