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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

“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)

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Overall, great!

The story is amazing. Hard, and monumental, but also filled with a natural humour that seems almost unintentional. Cheryl Strayed must just be that kind of person!
The reader, however, leaves much to be desired. Little expression throughout the story, and the pronounciation of certain words was odd. However, it doesn't stop the story from being everything from heartbreaking to hilarious.

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Inspiring

This book was suggested to me by my wife. We are both hikers and both love adventures. I loved this book and the way the story was said. I don't want to get into many details of the meaning and what it meant to me, but I will say that something in this book will rise up to your face some hidden part of you that has yet to be understood. Enjoy

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the second half of the story was very long

I got into the story of the trail and was annoyed when so much of the second half was tidbits of life. to much trail in the beginning to much life from the middle to end. I would have preferred a better balance. it was better than the movie however.

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Life changing true story of one woman's solo trek

Cheryl does a Masterful job of telling in words how a great and wonderful healing of complex wounds was accomplished without words - through the meditative process of an epic solo journey through the wilderness of the Pacific Crest Trail

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Couldn't finish

I really wanted to like this book! I am an adventurer myself and wanted to grasp that inspiration so many have claimed from this book. Unfortunately, for me, it was too simple of a story. It lacked any deep thought provoking ideas other than "I was grieving so I did something outrageous". Which, by the way, I struggle with since this book has non-purposely promoted inexperienced or no experienced backpacking women to attempt similar soul searching adventures leading to injuries/tragedies/failures.

Anyhow, if that's what you're looking for... Read Into the Wild and get that inspirational, thought provoking book that will want you abandoning the wrongs in your life and throwing you into nature regardless of your level of experience. Into the Wild is much better written

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loved it.

this is a beautiful story of one women's struggle with her grief and how it almost destroyed her, and how she used those lessons to become the woman she was meant to be by hiking over 1000 miles. truly inspirational. I can relate to Cheryl's story in so many ways. I've read the book twice.

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The Best Book Ever.

I couldn't stop listening to this awesome story. Cheryl you have touched so many hearts by writing your story. I'm looking forward to reading many more of your books in the future.

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Should have chosen another book! narrator was good

didn't care for the book. I wanted adventure story & got too much detail about mother & WAY too much on her love life!! wouldn't have finished it if I wasn't filling in time on a 13 hour trip!

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Wonderful story of strength, perseverance

Wonderful story of strength, perseverance and personal growth. An amazing story that is uplifting and is a reminder as to what the human soul us capable of doing when it is guided by spirit.

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Such an inspiring story

This was a wondering book to listen to and serves as a testament to the fact that life is a journey and we all learn one day at a time. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to escape for a few hours a day