Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Published by Vintage on March 26th 2013
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
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Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Women, Personal Memoirs, Nature, Essays, Sports & Recreation, Hiking
This book was one that I entered into with very little expectation, because I had no idea what to expect. I will readily admit that I picked it up largely because of how prominently it featured in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.
I am coming away with a profound sense of a reality check when it comes to obstacles and whether or not they are insurmountable. This book, if you let it, can seriously change your life.
It talks of a journey that is not for the faint of heart, and the subject material is definitely not suitable for younger readers in some places.
As this is a memoir, we follow the author through a series of events in her life that leave her seemingly shattered, broken, unable to move on. Eventually, she finds herself at a place where she needs something profound, life affirming, life changing. So she takes to the trail.
What I think I like the most about this book is that it is real. She does not try to sugar coat the things she has been through or the things she has done. She owns up to the mistakes she has made and wants to be a better person.
There are times where this book will rip your heart open and emotions will come to the forefront that you didn’t know that you could feel from reading a book. I know I didn’t. As a writer myself, if I can impact people this profoundly with my work, I will know that I have arrived.
This really is a must read for anyone. If you feel like your life has hit a brick wall, like you have no idea where you are going or what you are doing, open up these pages and travel the Pacific Crest Trail with Ms. Strayed. Not only will you not regret it, but you will never be the same.