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.
Just a Northern MN girl in love with books...so much that she shares her passion. Teaching is NOT just a career; it is a choice and calling
Yes...a great story of a young woman's hero journey.
Well, Cheryl was it. Obviously.
The flashback Cheryl has about putting down her mother's horse was potentially the most emotional scene I have ever listened to. I am not a big horse fan, but that storyline had my bawling!
This book was enjoyable but was spoiled by far too much profanity to no effect.
At times it seemed a little like "Crime and Punishment" -- watching someone destroy their life.
But, I was uplifted by what she found on the PCT and it was good to see REI get its rightful plaudits.
full of holes, lies, and perpetuating the theory that it is a good idea to go into the wilderness alone with out a gun. Seriously, how did she not get raped, murdered, raped again, then murdered again? Stupid woman.
Someone who didn't sound like a whiny teenager...but then Cheryl's story was that of a whiny 20-something; so Bernadette did fine.
all of them.
this book didn't suck as much as Amanda Beard's book "In the Water They Can't See You Cry." That book really really sucked.
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