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
“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)
I'm a serial audible reader. Since I walk 20 miles a week, I listen 20 miles a week! It's great to be able to listen to so many books :)
wanted to read it before seeing the movie. good book! great narAtion. I recommend it.
I live in Northern Virginia and listen to audio books every day during my commute and during walks.
Yes with caveats. Yes, its a good story. Cheryl Strayed tells an interesting story of redemption but at times it is too over the top on drama for me. She attributes all of her problems to losing her mom but I sense that her problems are deeper and some of her redemption results from the normal maturation of the prefrontal cortex that accompanies aging.
Good job. I focused on the story and didn't even notice her, which I view as the highest compliment that I can give to a reader.
Yes, I did and it was faithful to the book.
I loved the story. I wish the f-word could've been left out, as I found it very distracting. I'd like to have heard more stories about the trail. The narrator did a very good job, I enjoyed her voice. I've thought about a journey like this, too, & was hoping for more about nature. I did enjoy it, except the language.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift that's why it's called the present
The book is reflective and inspiring for those of us who have lost dear ones. The story was a good read
Cheryl Strayed has a keen way of helping you get in her head in this detailed memoir. I really enjoyed learning about the PCT from her perspective and found her story really interesting. She describes people and their nuances very well. The story seemed to drag on a bit...and and end a bit suddenly, but in general a good solid listen (read)--and lovely ode to my side of the world, the pacific NW.
Great book, great performance, great overall!
I admit to having seen the movie prior to hearing the book, but as is so often the case, the book had so much more to offer.
I have not huffed the PCT but spent much of my youth hiking and camping in the Wasatch and Rocky mountains. I'd love to have found the opportunity to do so. Now life and responsibility will not allow me the time. It was great to hike it vicariously with Cheryl!
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