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 don't think so.
The big thing I couldn't take was the whining. It felt like the entire book was her whining about something, past or present.
Concept could have been amazing, a woman traveling the PCT by herself, that's awesome. Book fell way short.
I was looking for a book about a strong woman that overcame substantial obstacles, something to inspire me. This didn't turn out to be it. The whole underlying story of her mother dying and crushing her life for eternity and her promiscuity/drug use was not made any better by constant reliving and whining. This was an epic fail book for me, I couldn't get past 4 hours of it.
Easy book to listen to and follow along! Will definitely read more from this author!
Yes, it is inspiring and thought provoking about who you really are.
The feeling and reality
One more chance to be you
I felt her pain and gain. I realized it before she did and wanted to encourage her. Cheryl did not disappoint me.
I saw the movie then read the book. For the first time I can say that the movie is as good, if not better then the book.
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A wonderful book very well written Loved it funny exciting and worth every minute. One of my favorites for the year
Cheryl is so generous to share her personal story. Overcoming her fears in the wilderness with her strength of character is truly a lesson to consider when fear stops me in my tracks. Thank you!
I liked the narrator. The story held my interest; even my husband was intrigued enough to finish out the story with me. The solid character development is what propelled me to finish listening; I longed for her to come full circle into her own. She does just that by the end of her journey.
A little redundant in the writing, and the writing style seemed to almost try too hard. I thought the story was best toward the end; I had a hard time being patient with Cheryl. I was also very angry at the unnecessary and preventable suffering that Lady endured. That has haunted me for days. I admire the courage it took to do something so physically challenging, how that revealed the even more challenging inner work of Cheryl, and the vulnerability she displayed into to becoming healthy and transformed.
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