Wild by Cheryl Strayed
From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

90%

25 Critic Reviews

Wild is brutal and touching in equal measures, but there's nothing forced about it. She chronicles sorrow and loss with unflinching honesty, but without artifice or self-pity.
-NPR

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Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection: This special eBook edition of Cheryl Strayed’s national best seller,Wild,features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. (If you’ve purchased the earlier eBook or hardcover edition and want to access the extras, visit oprah.com/wildextras.)

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe “and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, 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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Cheryl Strayed is the author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail and Tiny Beautiful Things. Her stories and essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, The Rumpus, The Missouri Review, The Sun, The Best American Essays, and elsewhere.
 
Published June 1, 2012 by Vintage. 338 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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All: 25 | Positive: 24 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 01 2012

A candid, inspiring narrative of the author’s brutal physical and psychological journey through a wilderness of despair to a renewed sense of self.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on Jan 02 2012

Her account forms a charming, intrepid trial by fire, as she emerges from the ordeal bruised but not beaten, changed, a lone survivor.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Dani Shapiro on Mar 30 2012

Perhaps her adventure is so gripping because Strayed relates its gritty, visceral details not out of a desire to milk its obviously dramatic circumstances but out of a powerful, yet understated, imperative to understand its meaning.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Mar 27 2012

Ms. Strayed got tougher, mentally as well as physically. She tells good, scary stories about nearly running out of water, encountering leering men and dangerous animals.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Michael J Ybarra on Mar 26 2012

Pathos and humor are her main companions on the trail, although she writes vividly about the cast of other pilgrims that she encounters.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Shaub on Mar 27 2012

Wild is brutal and touching in equal measures, but there's nothing forced about it. She chronicles sorrow and loss with unflinching honesty, but without artifice or self-pity.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Scott Parker on Mar 17 2012

It's a fearless story, told in honest prose that is wildly lyrical as often as it is dirtily physical.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Ilana Teitelbaum on Apr 15 2012

...the age-old story of a hero who enters the depths of the woods, endures many trials there, and emerges at last with a light to give to the world. In this particular case, that light is this book.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Gelt on Apr 16 2012

"Wild" is at the height of its power when Strayed confronts her demons with clear-eyed intensity, allowing for the heartbreaking messiness of life to be just that.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Gelt on Apr 15 2012

In walking, and finally, years later, in writing, Strayed finds her way again. And her path is as dazzlingly beautiful as it is tragic.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Ilana Teitelbaum on Apr 18 2012

So beneath -- or perhaps above -- a gritty account of physical hardship is the age-old story of a hero who enters the depths of the woods, endures many trials there, and emerges at last with a light to give to the world. In this particular case, that light is this book.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Malena Watrous on Apr 01 2012

Brave seems like the right word to sum up this woman and her book. The arc may be familiar - it's not hard to guess whether the ending will be redemptive - but Strayed's journey is exceptional, her voice clear and resonant.

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Slate

Excellent
Reviewed by Melanie Rehak on Mar 03 2012

“The wanting was a wilderness and I had to find my own way out of the woods.” It is this voice—fierce, billowing with energy, precise—that carries Wild.

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Chron.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Bruce Machart on Mar 24 2012

Cheryl Strayed emerges from her grief-stricken journey as a practitioner of a rare and vital vocation. She has become an intrepid cartographer of the human heart.

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Elle

Excellent
Reviewed by Catherine Straut on Mar 29 2010

In a meandering style that ­embodies her wanderlust, Strayed transports us with this gripping, ultimately uplifting tale.

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School Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by John Sexton on Apr 16 2012

Teens, especially girls, will be inspired by the author’s grit, entertained by her pluck, and totally engaged with her broken-open heart.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Liz Welch on Mar 01 2012

In this compelling chronicle, she does just that, meeting kindhearted fellow travelers along the way as well as two terrifying hunters, several rattlesnakes, a bull and, in the end, someone she can finally begin to admire: herself.

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The Nervous Breakdown

Excellent
Reviewed by Richard Thomas on Apr 09 2012

Wild is an inspirational story—well written, and presented with great courage and depth. But this book is much more than a long walk up and down a trail.

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Pank Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Alan Stewart Carl on May 15 2012

She’s revealing to us (between her words and inside her words and around her words) a truth about ourselves and the strengths we may not even know we contain.

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High Country News

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa Hart

Hikers, backpackers and armchair travelers will likely find themselves captivated into the wee hours by Strayed's wry, vivid accounts of her adventures hiking in duct-taped sports sandals.

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The Blue Bookcase

Good
Reviewed by Ingrid

This book was everything Into the Wild wished it could be. Switch out the idealistic, naive young college dropout...insert a bit of humor and some serious emotional depth, and you've got Wild, i.e. everything a memoir should be.

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Sophisticated Dorkiness

Good
Reviewed by Kim on Apr 17 2012

I thought Wild was a remarkably honest and wise memoir that I highly, highly recommend.

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BookPeople's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Liz W. on Apr 10 2012

I believe the remarkable intimacy and honesty of Wild will affect other readers just as powerfully as it did me.

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Reading Rants

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Hubert on Apr 05 2012

Both humorous and incredibly touching, this soulful journey of self-discovery may be one of the best coming of age stories I have ever read.

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Book Matters

Below average
Reviewed by Teri Harman on May 09 2012

This memoir is beautifully written and surprisingly honest, but I found it lacking in the depth that I expect from such a book. I kept waiting for the breakthrough...

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