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)
Definitely! Great story. Cheryl takes you along on her journey. An escape but also prompts you to think about your own life.
Great to get some book recommendations as a part of the story!
This might be more appealing to younger listeners.
I was hoping for more description of the hiking experience and not so much reflection on resolving personal demons and extended flashbacks.
The narrator was adequate but a little monotonous.
Perhaps this book would appeal to twenty-somethings seeking to find their way in the chaos of modern living.
One of the best books I've read/listened to in years.
Cheryl's grief hits home and the truth of how it hurts in ways you don't even realize is so very real. Then in the next moment, I'd be laughing through my tears.
Brave, inspiring, honest
The journey achieved its mission. Cheryl set out to "find herself". I never really understood how someone goes about doing that, and Cheryl did it in a way that the reader could feel her pain and subsequent success. My favorite part was probably the very end, when she talks about coming back for her wedding and to eat ice cream; a true sign of her healing.
Great reader. She brought the emotion and unique tones to each character.
A journey of self awareness
I lost my mom two weeks before my 15th birthday. I was heart broken and cried for a year, but I didn't fall apart the way Cheryl did. I think I found strength in the loss over time. I know my life would look very different if she was still here. I don't think I could hike more than a single day of any trail, but I became brave in other ways and independent in a way that helped with my work and relationship successes. I also want to thank Cheryl for her incredible openness. I'm not sure I would want my children knowing about all the bad behavior in my life.
What an emotional journey! This powerful story literally made me want to hike; like so many other items on the bucket list, I will hike however it won't be anything as WILD as the PCT!
Solidly crafted, entertaining. Not the best writing I've read overall, but there were many with genuinely sublime moments. Mispronounciations of some key words irked me (like 'mandalas), hence the lower rating for performance.
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