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)
She is self pitying, and unenlightened all the way to the end. The story seemed contrived and outdoor adventure and natural beauty played a small role. Not what I had hoped.
Say something about yourself!
Yes. Great example of a memoir that is entertaining and full of adventure.
No, but I looked forward to picking it back up each time.
Great book. Reminds me of Walk Across America. Only portion I didn't enjoy and added no value to the book was the killing of her mothers horse.
Everything about this book was amazing. Story. Honesty. Narrative. Descriptions. Extremely inspirational for the rest of us to step out of our comfort zone. Thank you Cheryl.
Golf nut wife
I enjoyed the story about the Pacific Coast Trail and all her adventures. Cheryl did a great job weaving stories of her past into your struggles in the trail.
Ugh, I totally wanted to enjoy this book because the movie received such rave reviews. That said, I thought the narration was a disaster. I am returning this book because I just can't bear to listen to it. I lasted until about chapter 3 and finally gave up. Here's the thing though, the narrator is a lovely performer with a nice voice and excellent pronounciation. She just doesn't fit the role AT ALL.
I don't know the author, but I know how she describes herself in this book is completely opposite of how the narrator sounds. I expect her to sound rough around the edges, informal, emotional even. This woman sounds like she's approaching 60 and meets the ladies for high tea every afternoon. Another reviewer said they like to have the narration remind them of how it would sound in their head if they themselves were reading it. I agree. I felt like I was being read to and my storyteller was just worried about ennuciation and pronunciation. I'm going to read it on my own.
The voice was fit to the main character in the book. I would really recommend reading Wild if you want to feel inspired like adventure books.
Wild was a story of a young girl trying to find herself after the loss of her mother.
It was inspirational, sad, and full of suspense. I only wished for more information and story telling about the trail. Had a lot of family drama compared to a journey taken on the PCT.
The narrator did a fantastic job of story telling.
I loved the amazing story of Cheryl's journey. I felt like I was right there with her experiencing it all.
All of them
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