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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.