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)
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.
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.
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.
The end of the trail.
Several, the party in the Ranger's cabin was hilarious; the first time she tried to put on Monster; the trip to the beach.
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!
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.
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.
It was hard for me to put this down.
This is one I'll pass along to friends.
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.
Absolutely! Cheryl Strayed's writing is wonderful to
Cheryl of course.
Annoying, edgy, stilted
I loved this book...it made me want to get out and experience nature in an extreme way.
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.
Different book to read.
Anger, I had nothing invested in the success of the main character.
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.
Tell us about yourself! NOPE, NOT CALIFORNIA...SOUTH CAROLINA MID-LANDS.
HAVING SPENT OVER 30 YEARS IN CALIFORNIA FAIRLY CLOSE TO THE PCT, I ENJOYED ALL THE DESCRIPTION ALONG THE ROUTE.
MUCH MORE THAN A TRAVEL-LOG, IT SHOWED THE DIFFICULTY OF MAKING CHANGES IN OUR LIVES.
SEVERAL...BUT MOSTLY HER ENCOUNTERS WITH OTHERS HIKING THE PCT.
WHEN WE SEE OTHERS AROUND US EVERYDAY WE SELDOM IMAGINE WHAT LIFE CHANGING EVENTS THEY MAY BE GOING THROUGH.
I WILL LOOK FOR OTHER CHERYL STRAYED WRITTINGS, BECAUSE THIS BOOK HAS YOU LOOKING FOR MORE.
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!
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