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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) (Unabridged)

by Cheryl Strayed

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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.

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Well Written

While many people have hiked the long distance trails {myself included}, what I found compelling was the way Strayed tied her personal journey to the trip. Most people walk into the woods to find something, be it a notch on the belt for completing a thru-hike or the answers to life's big questions. Strayed wrote her own search in a funny, and at times quite heart-wrenching way, but managed to keep it feeling sincere and authentic. If I'd wanted a guidebook, I would have bought one and that is the kind of knowledge that is easily learned. I appreciated the earnest story of someone just finding her way in the world and thinking that the trials, tribulations, and rewards of the trail might help her get there. Totally worth checking out and the audio version was great!

Lots of people have done it.

Hiking the entire PCT is certainly a great physical and mental feat, but many people have done it. I've done it and met a 74 year old man that was doing it alone for the 3rd time. His book I'd read. This one doesn't give much that isn't written in the thousands of blogs out there describing the same trip.

Thought a Great message was in this book

Long distance hiking like walking the PCT or AT have always been a dream of mine but I love the simple comforts too much (like indoor plumbing, my bed, my toe nails, and most of all water from a store bought in a bottle) so I live vicariously through books like Cheryl Strayed's Wild. I could relate a lot to her story first we grew up like 10 miles from each other in Northern Minnesota with my single mother. I could relate to the what some may consider a "tough" life in the woods. I knew not quite to be without electricty or indoor plumbing but living on little money. In her book she really inspires you that you do have strength and can forgive yourself others and carry on forward 1 step at a time. The way the story is written its not a "preachy" self help book its a honest raw emotional story that at times felt like a fictional book with some great characters (sometimes non-fiction audiobooks are hard to listen to with lack of characters). I admire her honesty and journey she took. I know fear is real but it also is a state of mind that can play tricks on us holding us back. We need to love ourselfs and our pasts forgive mistakes and just go forward.

Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Bernadette Dunne
  • Published: 2012

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