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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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    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.

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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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    Barbara Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-03-12
    Barbara Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Heartbreaking, inspiring, great travelogue."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild to be better than the print version?

    Bernadette Dunne brought the story to life. I've finally, after several tries, learned to love audio versions, although if it's a great book, I'll still buy it for my library. Don't think I'll buy the hard copy of this but I sure loved the audible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild?

    The end of the trail.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several, the party in the Ranger's cabin was hilarious; the first time she tried to put on Monster; the trip to the beach.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This story was about so many things. Loss of parents, loss of self, the kindness of strangers, the strength of determination to complete a goal, letting go, listening to our inner voice. The way she was so alone and then could step off the trail and be in civilization reminds me of the thin wall between ourselves and others. If i were in a book club I think this would be a great book to discuss!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Novato, CA, United States 04-01-12
    Dana Novato, CA, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2002

    Photographer and High School Art Teacher. I crave the enchantment of a good book. It's like sipping on a fine glass of wine, only lasts much longer.

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    "Enthralling"
    What did you love best about Wild?

    This book kept me interested, despite the fact that it was a long story about a long walk. The author did a nice job of weaving personal life experiences into the back story giving motivation and rationale for taking on such a grueling adventure as a solo female hiker.


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

    It was hard for me to put this down.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one I'll pass along to friends.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aiden Hovde 03-30-12
    Aiden Hovde 03-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow! So resonant!"

    I loved this book so much that after I finished listening to it, I downloaded the Kindle version so I can highlight all the bits that resonate with me. I've never done that before! And I've never been backpacking! But I have started thinking about doing just that because I find myself in almost exactly the same situation as the author did before her hike: lost and very confused. For the first time in a very long time I feel hope that I can find my way out of the confusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann B Jessup TAMPA, FL, US 03-28-12
    Ann B Jessup TAMPA, FL, US 03-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful, heartfelt story!"
    Would you listen to Wild again? Why?

    Absolutely! Cheryl Strayed's writing is wonderful to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cheryl of course.


    What three words best describe Bernadette Dunne’s voice?

    Annoying, edgy, stilted


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

    I loved this book...it made me want to get out and experience nature in an extreme way.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K. Birchfield Seattle 04-02-12
    K. Birchfield Seattle 04-02-12 Member Since 2003

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    "Remarkable disappointment"
    What would have made Wild better?

    I have not finished listening to this but after the part about the deceased mother's horse, I found myself wishing that the main character and her family was lost forever on the Pacific Crest Trail. Many of the characters, including the main one- are not likable.


    Has Wild turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different book to read.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, I had nothing invested in the success of the main character.


    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Midlothian, VA, United States 04-02-12
    Rebecca Midlothian, VA, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Annoying"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is more of a memoir and not the adventure tale I thought it would be. The narrator is good, but I thought her voice sounded much more mature than the character. I really just found the main character to be annoying and the story not very interesting. It's just not my kind of thing. I prefer things like Bill Bryson's account of the AT or Ian Baker's Heart of the World.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond COLUMBIA, SC, United States 04-22-12
    Raymond COLUMBIA, SC, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! NOPE, NOT CALIFORNIA...SOUTH CAROLINA MID-LANDS.

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    "A REALLY GOOD LISTEN!"
    What did you love best about Wild?

    HAVING SPENT OVER 30 YEARS IN CALIFORNIA FAIRLY CLOSE TO THE PCT, I ENJOYED ALL THE DESCRIPTION ALONG THE ROUTE.


    What did you like best about this story?

    MUCH MORE THAN A TRAVEL-LOG, IT SHOWED THE DIFFICULTY OF MAKING CHANGES IN OUR LIVES.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    SEVERAL...BUT MOSTLY HER ENCOUNTERS WITH OTHERS HIKING THE PCT.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    WHEN WE SEE OTHERS AROUND US EVERYDAY WE SELDOM IMAGINE WHAT LIFE CHANGING EVENTS THEY MAY BE GOING THROUGH.


    Any additional comments?

    I WILL LOOK FOR OTHER CHERYL STRAYED WRITTINGS, BECAUSE THIS BOOK HAS YOU LOOKING FOR MORE.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steven boise, ID, United States 03-30-12
    steven boise, ID, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW! BEST BOOK I'VE HEARD!!!"

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! MY GIRLFRIEND AND I LISTENED TO THIS TOGETHER AT WORK! WE LAUGHED AND CRIED, THERE WERE SO MANY THINGS WE BOTH RELATED TO. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! BEST BOOK I'VE BOUGHT ON HERE BY FAR. ALSO, THE NARRATOR NAILED IT, VERY TALENTED!!! THANKS!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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