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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club… (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Cheryl Strayed

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Title:Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
Authors:Cheryl Strayed
Info:Knopf (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 336 pages
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (2012)

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Bought this on a whim and enjoyed it. Reminded me a bit of Born to Run. I liked that the "emotional journey" aspect wasn't too strong, it wasn't too cringey. Really liked the character of the author. Inspired to hike now! Enjoyable quickish read. ( )
  aine.fin | Apr 16, 2015 |

“Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren't a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.”

“The thing about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the thing that was so profound to me that summer—and yet also, like most things, so very simple—was how few choices I had and how often I had to do the thing I least wanted to do. How there was no escape or denial. No numbing it down with a martini or covering it up with a roll in the hay. As I clung to the chaparral that day, attempting to patch up my bleeding finger, terrified by every sound that the bull was coming back, I considered my options. There were only two and they were essentially the same. I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.”

― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail ( )
  Le_e | Apr 10, 2015 |
I read this back in 2012 and again, now, for book club. I think I liked it even more this time. I really liked it, as I love travel adventure books. I think Cheryl made some unwise choices in some of her actions, but I think it was all part of the growing up she had to do. Another reason it spoke to me is because one of my own bucket list goals is to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Europe (Spain) when I'm 65! Watch the movie (on Netflix) called The Way, with Martin Sheen, to see what I'm talking about. I think I'd train first before attempting it, unlike Cheryl, however. Kudos to her for even trying this PCT journey, persevering, and succeeding! I recommend this book; it was a real page turner for me. ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
I read this back in 2012 and again, now, for book club. I think I liked it even more this time. I really liked it, as I love travel adventure books. I think Cheryl made some unwise choices in some of her actions, but I think it was all part of the growing up she had to do. Another reason it spoke to me is because one of my own bucket list goals is to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Europe (Spain) when I'm 65! Watch the movie (on Netflix) called The Way, with Martin Sheen, to see what I'm talking about. I think I'd train first before attempting it, unlike Cheryl, however. Kudos to her for even trying this PCT journey, persevering, and succeeding! I recommend this book; it was a real page turner for me. ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
I read this back in 2012 and again, now, for book club. I think I liked it even more this time. I really liked it, as I love travel adventure books. I think Cheryl made some unwise choices in some of her actions, but I think it was all part of the growing up she had to do. Another reason it spoke to me is because one of my own bucket list goals is to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Europe (Spain) when I'm 65! Watch the movie (on Netflix) called The Way, with Martin Sheen, to see what I'm talking about. I think I'd train first before attempting it, unlike Cheryl, however. Kudos to her for even trying this PCT journey, persevering, and succeeding! I recommend this book; it was a real page turner for me. ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
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It’s not very manly, the topic of weeping while reading. Yet for a book critic tears are an occupational hazard. Luckily, perhaps, books don’t make me cry very often — I’m a thrice-a-year man, at best. Turning pages, I’m practically Steve McQueen.

Cheryl Strayed’s new memoir, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” however, pretty much obliterated me. I was reduced, during her book’s final third, to puddle-eyed cretinism. I like to read in coffee shops, and I began to receive concerned glances from matronly women, the kind of looks that said, “Oh, honey.” It was a humiliation.

To mention all this does Ms. Strayed a bit of a disservice, because there’s nothing cloying about “Wild.” It’s uplifting, but not in the way of many memoirs, where the uplift makes you feel that you’re committing mental suicide. This book is as loose and sexy and dark as an early Lucinda Williams song. It’s got a punk spirit and makes an earthy and American sound.
 
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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(Prologue) The trees were tall, but I was taller, standing above them on a steep mountain slope in northern California.
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The universe, I'd learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back.
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A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

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