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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) | [Cheryl Strayed]

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

At 22, 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: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.
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Publisher's Summary

Wild is a powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe - and built her back up again.

At 22, 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: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faced down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

©2012 Cheryl Strayed (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

“No one can write like Cheryl Strayed. Wild is one of the most unflinching and emotionally honest books I've read in a long time. It is about forgiveness and grief, bravery and hope. It is unforgettable.” (Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle)

“While reading Cheryl Strayed’s stunning book about her arduous solo journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, I kept asking myself - what would I do if I were stripped bare of everything - money, job, community, even family and love? Thoreau once said, ‘In wildness is the preservation of the world.’ For Strayed, it is clear that in wildness was the preservation of her soul. She reminds us, in her lyrical and courageous memoir Wild, of what it means to be fully alive, even in the face of catastrophe, physical and psychic hardship, and loss." (Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace)

“Cheryl Strayed can sure tell a story. In Wild, she describes her journey from despair to transcendence with honesty, humor, and heart-cracking poignancy. This is a great book.” (Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Seeking Peace)

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    Jane Coldstream, BC, Canada 05-17-12
    Jane Coldstream, BC, Canada 05-17-12 Member Since 2004
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    "I loved this book"

    It's spring now and as usual this time of year I'm itching to get out hiking and backpacking. This book was just what I needed to listen to on one of my rambles. I could identify with several of Strayed's experiences. She shows how satisfying it can be to find out that you can take care of yourself out there on the trail. You can make it through discomforts and actually feel good about it (afterwards). She shows that even modern humans can learn some of the basic survival skills, and the deep kind of satisfaction these skills give you. There's a profound kind of joy that comes from getting past the obstacles and finding yourself enjoying a sunset far from civilization just before you climb into a cozy sleeping bag for the night. I've never been able to explain this phenomena to my city bound friends so I'm trying to get them to listen to Cheryl Strayed's book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    klockard 05-08-12
    klockard 05-08-12
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    "I want to get out and hike!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend to my friends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that she just up and went on an amazing journey. You sure can learn a lot about yourself alone in the woods!


    Any additional comments?

    Be Ready to have map handy. I could help but look up where she was along the PCT.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    krista atlanta, GA, United States 05-05-12
    krista atlanta, GA, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Wild Great adventure, made me want to hike the AT"

    I enjoyed Strayed's account of her hike, journey and experiences of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. It reminded me of "A Walk in the Woods," where the author hiked the Appalachian Trail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Riverside, CA, United States 05-03-12
    Melissa Riverside, CA, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Adventure"

    I have been interested in the PCT for a long time and this book was like I was on the trail. Her crazy journey and life story to that point was captivating. She is a great story teller and it was read just perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish HANFORD, CA, United States 05-01-12
    Trish HANFORD, CA, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended it to several friends. Cheryl Strayed's bare honesty about her "journey" at this time in her life, is admirable. This book is not just about hiking the PCT. It is about healing, growth and surviving after tragedy. Well done, Cheryl!


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for an outdoorsy story about hiking the PCT, this may not be the book for you. If you are looking for an amazing story of a woman's choice to survive after devastation and the journey she takes to accomplish that goal, this is definitely the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DM SAULT STE MARIE, ON, Canada 04-30-12
    DM SAULT STE MARIE, ON, Canada 04-30-12
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    "Needed a good editor"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This author might have a compelling story but it groans under the weight of cliched language, self-conscious foreshadowing and boring self-absorption. I couldn't finish it.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kay 04-30-12
    Kay 04-30-12
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    "Excellent book"
    What made the experience of listening to Wild the most enjoyable?

    The description of Cheryl's journey along the PCT was terrific, and the reader is excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cheryl, obviously. I enjoyed her journey through life as well as her journey along the PCT.


    Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book, particularly if you are interested in hiking any of the national trails. I've done some hiking, and can relate to the Monster backpack. Obviously, you would not want to use this book as a guide and you'd want to be much more prepared than Cheryl, but it's a fun book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan sierra madre, CA, United States 04-28-12
    Susan sierra madre, CA, United States 04-28-12
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    Would you listen to Wild again? Why?

    Finding threads of my own experience in Wild, I definitely will return to trek the PCT with Cheryl again, using her time on the trail to look at my own personal demons.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Toting an overfull backpack for over 1100 miles is a grueling experience. I loved that fact that she would never give up. Each step bringing her closer to her destination both inner and outer.


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not sure if she was the best person to read the book, I did have trouble at first with her voice and personality and fitting that with how I imagined Cheryl


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried all along the trail, especially at the end. I didn't want the journey to be over.


    Any additional comments?

    Made me want to get out my pack and start hiking the PCT right away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Santa Monica, CA, United States 04-26-12
    Rebecca Santa Monica, CA, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable Listen"

    As someone who has dreams of picking up everything and being much more adventurous than I actually am, I truly enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a true account of life on the PCT, you may get that, but it is really much more than that, how a journey of 1100 miles on a trail led to healing and acceptance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Havertown, PA, United States 04-18-12
    Kate Havertown, PA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Simply Wonderful"

    I was worried this story would be a formulaic downer - I was happily surprised. It was an inspiring journey through grief and the wilderness, with a happy ending. All any of us can hope for. Engaging without being overwrought or preachy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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