Reading Chapters 11–13: Family History
These three key chapters give background information that will help you piece together the mystery of McCandless. Chapter 11 fills in his personal past; Chapter 12 fills in his family past; and Chapter 13
chronicles McCandless’s family’s grief. Jot down the surprises (if any) that you encountered as you read.
6. What was McCandless like as a child and as a teen? What was he like as an adult? Were there indications throughout his life as to the kind of person he would become?
7. Do you think you are essentially the same person you were as a child?
8. How have you changed?