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  • Author: Cheryl Strayed
  • Softcover; 336 pages
  • Vintage Books; copyright 2013
  • The paperback edition of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail measures approximately 8 x 5.2 in.

Made in USA.

From the publisher: 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 faces 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.

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from This book put the PCT on the map This book was not as good or as funny at Bill Bryson's a walk in the woods, however it did inspire me to backpack parts of the PCT in Southern California. Much of the book is typical complaining and angst that many women in their twenties feel when their life did not amount to much, she talks way too much about her pre-PCT life in excruciating details some of which is just bizarre, self serving, self pitying and mean spirited. I had to skim over those parts otherwise I would begin to hate the protagonist. That parts describing the 1100 miles of trail were well written and I could identify with her lack of preparation and feelings of loneliness and the banality of long distance hiking but also of the beauty and profound Truth that can still be found in the wild. I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wildly motivational I enjoyed every facet of this book, plain and simple. WILD fell into my hands while I was traveling abroad and nothing made me yearn for evergreens quite like it. Growing up outdoors, I could relate and sympathize with much of what was going on. More important to relating, however, was the inspiration it gave me to return to nature. That's what I found most important about this page-turner; its innate ability to capture and motivate people back into the wilderness. The thought of, "If this train-wreck of a woman can solo hike hundreds of miles, I bet I could too" is constantly there. Now that it's becoming a major motion picture, I hope it encourages even more people to get out and see what the world has to offer just off the paved road.
Date published: 2014-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I really enjoyed this book. I had actually already read the electronic version but bought the paperback at REI when I attended an event where Chery Strayed spoke. Really enjoyed her journey. Made me want to hike the PCT!
Date published: 2014-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This is a great read that will make you laugh and cry. Loved following her journey along the PCT.
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best hiking book I've ever read Wild has all the typical narrative you find in stories about novice backpackers jumping in the deep of the pool. That’s not meant to imply I didn’t enjoy those aspects of the book. I love reading about people struggling through their first backcountry experience because it reminds me of all ridiculous mistakes I made just starting out 20 years ago. That’s not what makes this book unique though. What set this book apart from other backpacking books are the quality of the writing and the emotional honesty of the author. I enjoy reading auto-biographies and memoirs in general. However, such books are often written by people who’ve had an interesting experience but do not possess the writing ability to convey the full mental, emotional, and physical experience of their story. Cheryl Strayed has all the skills necessary to take a story and craft it in manner that will make you stay up reading until 2 AM, even though you have to be at work early the next morning. Her writing ability elevates a story, which is already interesting to begin with. I’ll say Bryson’s book was good in that regard as well. Moreover though, she is really open about her emotional and psychological state of mind throughout her experience. It’s not just somebody carrying too much weight complaining about achy knees and blisters. It’s somebody discussing their deep reflections on very painful moments in their life which they gained through extended periods of solitude. She also talks about the really negative aspects of her past and personality – things that most people would be terrified to put down on paper. In doing so, she shows herself as a complete person with the moral dichotomy of a well written character in a novel. I haven’t read another hiking book which pulls that off. On another note, I found it interesting and enlightening to see how an attractive woman is affected when the minimalistic and physically demanding lifestyle of backpacking strips away much of her femininity. Lastly, I will concede that the first few chapters are a little slow, but you really need them to get the full effect of her later discussions about her past. All in all, buy this book. It’s awesome.
Date published: 2014-09-30
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