Wild by Cheryl Strayed
A Journey from Lost to Found

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Long distance walking requires a kind of rhythm, and so does writing about it. Strayed has a tin ear for this, and keeps missing the beat. It is a singular achievement to describe a thousand-mile walk and leave the reader so far behind.
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Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection. 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, née Nyland, was born on September 17, 1968 in Spangler, Pennsylvania. She is an American memoirist, novelist and essayist. Her second book, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was published in the United States on March 20, 2012, and has been translated into more than thirty languages. It made the New York Times Bestseller list and was optioned for film rights by Reese Witherspoon even before it was published. The film is scheduled to be released in 2014. Strayed's first book, the novel Torch, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February 2006. She attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating magna cum laude with a double major in English and Women's Studies. A long-time feminist activist, Strayed served on the first board of directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.
 
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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Reviewed by Frances Stonor Saunders on Feb 09 2013

Long distance walking requires a kind of rhythm, and so does writing about it. Strayed has a tin ear for this, and keeps missing the beat. It is a singular achievement to describe a thousand-mile walk and leave the reader so far behind.

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Reviewed by Sara Wheeler on Jan 06 2013

In this hugely entertaining book, Cheryl Strayed takes the redemptive nature of travel – a theme as old as literature itself – and makes it her own. For three months she hiked 1,100 miles alone along the Pacific Crest Trail...

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