Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail

Hardcover | April 5, 2013

byCheryl Strayed

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A New York Times Bestseller -- In the wake of her mother's death, Cheryl Strayed's family scattered and her marriage was destroyed. Four years later, twenty- six years old with nothing to lose, Cheryl made a most impulsive decision: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State-- alone. She had no experience as a long- distance hiker and the trail was little more than an idea. But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

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“Original voices knock you out. And, that is exactly how I felt reading Cheryl Strayed’s new memoir Wild. At its core, the story of a deep and reverential love between mother and daughter, Wild is a searingly honest account of what it means to lose someone and yourself and then make yourself whole again. Strayed loses her mother to a totall...

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A New York Times Bestseller -- In the wake of her mother's death, Cheryl Strayed's family scattered and her marriage was destroyed. Four years later, twenty- six years old with nothing to lose, Cheryl made a most impulsive decision: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State-- alone. She had no experi...

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 Yo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:624 pages, 8.6 × 5.6 × 1.3 inPublished:April 5, 2013Publisher:Thorndike PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moved me This book moved me. If you have ever made a mistake and had trouble forgiving yourself read this book. It had me in tears. I could not put this book down, this became my journey . A worthwhile read. I selected it as my bookclub read this year and will read it again over the holidays. It reinforces that no one who they are based on one decision, one day, one path one chance or one relationship. Everyday is brand new and opportunity never stops knocking
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very powerful This book made me want to go on a journey of self-discovery in the woods.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very powerful This book made me want to go on a journey of self-discovery in the woods.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beautiful story - honest, real, and raw.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! From the first page to the very last. I have recommended this book to all my friends.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring! Makes me want to go on a self-journey of discovery.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I think this book changed my life. I was on a family vacation when I read this. Five adults, one small house, and all I wanted to do was read. An honest and open and inspiring read for any woman.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hoping for more #plumreview I found this book difficult to finish. I just couldn't get into it.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Beautiful book with an inspiring story
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very much enjoyed this book Cheryl is a voice for many of those who have gone through loss and pain.This book is exciting, funny, engaging and honest.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great One of the best books I've read. I felt like I was with Cheryl throughout her journey hiking the PCT. I would re-read this book.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally wild! This book was insanely inspiring. It made me want to go on my own journey of self-discovery and re-evaluate all the things I take for granted in my life.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Liked It I really enjoyed it. Did I like the character? No. Did I feel that it dragged a bit? Yes. But I did like the struggle that she went through and the lengths she endured to try and get back on track. That's admirable and it was an honest representation of that struggle as well.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I got tired of Cheryl Strayed tooting her own horn, the story went on too long for me Book club pick.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book! Really enjoyed the book, the movie was good too!
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I loved this book. I liked the rawness of her writing, the way it flowed, the story. For anyone who is a traveller and has the heart of a lion this book is for you.
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping read! I just finished reading this gem and thought it was very inspirational and uplifting. Wonderful writing style that is easy to read and kept me wanting more. Who knew a book about hiking could be so intriguing.
Date published: 2015-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good vacation read The story is interesting. The PCT is something I've wanted to do for a long time. Even did a college paper on it. Her experiences on the trail were interesting. I don't think the writing is superb, but still worth the read. Particularly if you have interest in the trail.
Date published: 2015-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I didn't have high expectations for this book, but once I started reading I was hooked! It was an easy read and I would easily re-read
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Surprised that I could be so absorbed in a story about hiking, but it is so much more! Loved it!
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book What a great story of courage and mental strengh. Cheryl Strayed you have definitly inspired me. What a journey!
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyable Unique and entertaining writing style with an amazingly true story.
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tried enjoying this book and failed. I only read 57% of this book according to my kobo. I felt bored and I had a hard time trying to like Cheryl. 57% reading progress is actually quite amazing considering...
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I jumped right in and fell in love with Strayed from the get-go. Her writing is easy to read, and the flashbacks to her life really resonated with me why she would hike the PCT. Going to read her other books now. SO GOOD!
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wild Great book, for readers who love hiking, seclusion and finding meaning to oneself. I recommend this
Date published: 2015-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly, better than I thought it would be! I thought the book was very interesting. I never had any desire to read it before, but the positive reviews changed my mind. It kept my attention, and I really enjoyed the story!
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good book. I enjoyed it. Good book. I enjoyed it. Good book. I enjoyed it. Good book. I enjoyed it alot
Date published: 2015-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lost then found. This book debunks the myth that women are the weaker sex. Every human endeavor taken to this extreme becomes primarily a mental challenge. Cheryl more than meets the challenge.
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I couldn't imagine hiking the PTC but I sure enjoyed following Cheryl as she did.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful. What a great and compelling read. I was hooked from cover to cover. I spent a few late nights reading this one unable to put it down. Worth your time.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulously Inspiring! I loved this book! It's made me want to do more with my life and to make each second count. I am inspired! I need to find my own PCT and get back to what really counts!
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT SPIRIT. Slow read I really enjoyed this story-Autobiography from Cheryl Strayed. The story about a girl age 26 who is failing in every aspect of her life and is inspired by a book to go hike the PCT (5,000 mile trail). I loves how it showed her struggle because of lack of preparation for the hike, and I commend her for pushing her body to not give up (with raw skin and missing toenails) a true soul searching experience. I gave this book a 4 star because I did enjoy the story, however I found it very slow to get through. I had no problem putting the book down and taking some time to pick it back up. I was almost counting how many chapters I had left to get through. All in all good story
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a huge fan I read this book with my book club and most of the others loved this book. I, however, did not. I couldn't connect with Cheryl (the main character). I found myself rolling my eyes quite often actually...Cheryl gives the impression that she "dabbled" in drugs. Call me sceptic but how do dabble in drugs. From that point on, I had a hard time believing that the scenarios detailed in the book actually happened as she recounts. At the end of the book, I felt like she had skipped over a huge portion of her life and unfortunately that was the part that I think that I would have been most interested in... I wanted to know how this journey impacted her life after the fact and I was left wanting....
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! A grueling walk on the Pacific Crest Trail, that physically punishes the body, but heals the heart and soul. Well told true account of her young life.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational! Awesome book. Well written, inspiring and happy. loved it and now I totally want to go hike the PCT too!
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good title, but not for this book. I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED IN BOOK. I WAS LOOKING FOR REAL ADVENTURE not that I miss my mom ! After half the book I gave up reading.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A walk for to free yourself It's a great journey into one persons quest to find herself after a lost sence of direction in life. Very captivating story of someone trying to find her sence of direction.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprisingly boring I love hiking, camping and backpacking and have been to many of the places on the PCT that Cheryl hikes through so I thought I would be totally engaged in her story. Instead I was bored and disinterested. Part of the problem is that although I could sympathize with her, I didn't really like her. She was so self-absorbed and made terrible decisions. It wasn't clear to me at the end if the experience had changed her for the better. The narrator for this audiobook was really good but because I was listening and not reading it was easy for my attention to wander. If the story had been a little more interesting this wouldn't have been a problem but because I was often bored silly I would zone out a lot. I couldn't wait for it to be over!
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect one word for the title Thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I was drawn in by Cherly's honesty and introspection ~her raw emotion and her spiritual journey. And then, her description of the PCT left me with a desire to hike the trail!Great read!
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every second of this "awakening" I laughed, I cried ( and I do mean a two tissue type cry ) and I enjoyed every minute of this Cheryl Stayed " awakening" I felt somewhat lost myself when I was finished her incredible tale. This read has a bit of something for everyone, from the wilderness reader, to the self help guru.
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mothers Loved and related in many ways to the brave author of this book duing this time of mouring my own wonderful and glorious mothe who I miss so dearly. There is no love better than your mother's love. Thank you for sharing your journey.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read!! Read this book because I had heard about the movie with Reese Witherspoon and it being one of her best performances. I always like to read the book first if based on a book. If the movie is anything like the book it should be a good movie. It was a good read from beginning to end! I bet there is a lot of people whom struggle with things that have happened in their life but to do something so drastic and hard and hike the PCT and mostly alone! What an awesome feat. Kudos to Cheryl on her accomplishment! So many people use other means to drown out life's difficult moments! Loved this book!
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Open Mind I've recently heard more buzz about 'Wild,' probably because of Reese and upcoming movie. In prep for reading the book I read the reviews. I know it's a little unexpected, but the negative reviews make want me to read it more. Pretty judgmental for a young woman who wanted to try to clear her mind in a more positive way than other more destructive ways available to her. From what I've read, probably ill conceived and not well thought out as far as what she should expect...but she did it. And if I think of how I might (and sometimes did) have handled things at her age compared to the more "seasoned" me now, I shudder. So good for her.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh! I should have listened to my initial gut instinct and not purchased this book, but thought, how could a best selling novel, that is soon to be a major motion picture be that bad. This book is terrible, I spent a large amount of time rooting for the rattlesnakes and praying Cheryl would either fall off the side of a cliff, or quit lollygagging and finish her stupid hike. Had I have purchased this book in paper form, it would definitely be the starter fuel for my next fire, and not because I needed the extra space in my pack.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Very easy to read. Hard to put the book down. Very inspiring read. Now to go and get out on my bike....
Date published: 2014-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed! Nice to read a book about a female athlete that can show the guys up! While some of her success does come down to natural talent, it also comes from hard work, dedication, determination, and the ability to just keep going no matter what. While I will never be half the athlete Rebecca Rusch is, her book inspired me to really push what I think my limits are - and see how far I can really go. And it's an entertaining read - she has had some very interesting experiences and stories in her life. Picking up copied for several of my girlfriends for Christmas.
Date published: 2014-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hapless (hitch) hiker Meh. This book got a lot of hype from Oprah, and since it was getting Oscar buzz for Reese Witherspoon's movie adaptation, it was either read it now, or likely not ever after I see the movie. I was underwhelmed. Hopefully Hollywood will work some magic to make seeing the film worthwhile. Cheryl was entirely ill-prepared for her life, nevermind her hike across the PCT. Who plans to hike for several months and doesn't even try to learn to use her water purifier before the journey? or check the weather? Frankly, Cheryl got lucky that so many friendly people helped her along the way, and none of them were serial killers. I found that she "by-passed" or hitch-hiked as much as she did trek, and I was more annoyed by her lack of preparedness than I was impressed by her moxie.
Date published: 2014-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wild Courageous, enthralling, self-deprecating, humorous, human, real, enjoyable
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wild Courageous, enthralling, self-deprecating, humorous, human, real, enjoyable
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wild Courageous, enthralling, self-deprecating, humorous, human, real, enjoyable
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read I can't disagree with some of the other reviewers that the author seemed unbelievably ill-prepared and seemed to make some incredibly cringe-worthy choices. I felt so sad for her as I was reading the book, for both herself and her husband, and I would hope to never be where either of them ended up. But, I also though she told her story very honestly and unapologetically (at least to us the readers), and my admiration grew for her as the story unfolded. You can call it stupidity or courage, strength of will or bullheaded determination, but she did it and kudos to her.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wild What a wonderful book! I loved every minute it.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book When I first saw Wild out on book shelves, I was less than interested in it. I read a few reviews and after a few months of thinking about it, I finally purchased it. I'm really happy that I finally decided to get it as I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. I read it in a very short amount of time and it has inspired me to one day possibly hike the PCT trail. It's an inspiring story to me since taking a trip like Cheryl did is risky - especially being as inexperienced as she was - but something a lot of people want/need to do but are afraid. I was shocked to find out that she made it the whole way she had planned with little to no injuries especially since the summer before I read this book, one of my friends did this very same hike but right from Mexico to Canada (we live in Canada..he hiked all the way home) who is an experienced hiker/adventurist and was hospitalized halfway through and almost had to call it quits. All in all, this book is a really amazing story, it definitely may not be the most exciting read (which is why I only gave it 4 stars), but something I think most people should read.
Date published: 2014-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wild Really awesome read!!
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a journey! Heartbreaking at times, raw emotionally and physically, I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I want to go hike the PCT!!
Date published: 2014-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! Amazing tale of an incredible journey. Every emotion emerged out of me with this novel, laughs, tears, heartbeak, understanding, loss...acceptance. The best book I've ever read!!
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than a book I loved this story. It is more than a book. It is a story for anyone who has never thought that they had the courage to find their own way. Cheryl takes you with her but after a while you are making your own path.
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wild - From Lost to Found Beautifully crafted language and a compelling tale intertwined with humor and love. One of the most beautiful and insightful memoires I have read. Loved it and finished it in less than 48 hours.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Uncovering personal strength Love this story. A woman who challenges herself to release grief as she uncovers her power, strength and mastery.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail I wanted to buy this book when I first saw it in 2012. I finally purchased it boxing day sale 2013. This was a fascinating read about a person who needed to find their place in life. I was drawn to the book once I had read what it was about. It sounded very much like what I am going through, with losing my brother, aunt, dad,and then mom within a few years. Cheryl was able to discover her strength and regain her confidence.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uncovering personal strength This book was inspiring. I've never even came close to hiking any distance before.... Yet Strayed made me feel like I was walking alongside her throughout the whole book. Teaches you to "let it be" and helps you see the the luxury of connecting with nature. Filled me with fear, sadness, joy, but -most of all-anticipation throughout the whole book! Loved it!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 300 + pages that I can never get back.... Brutal. I found Ms Strayeds story to be gratuitous, irrelevant and just plain boring. The story was flat, and did not give me much to hang on to or relate to. Her attempts to compare an experience on the trail to a metaphor for life was a complete stretch ; aka " cheesy" . These are the types of stories you want to walk away feeling like you have learned something based on their experience or feel inspired - WILD does not offer any of the above. There are better books out there waiting to be read..... find that one. Don't waste your time on this.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from wasn't wild about it I am of the opinion that everyone has a story to tell – that doesn’t mean everyone should tell it, though. Cheryl Strayed’s memoir should have made for a compelling read, but ended up winning “Book I Enjoyed Reading the Least” at our final book club meeting. (Although in my mind, it was neck and neck with Death Comes to Pemberley for the position.) When I teach memoir to students in my writing class, we talk a lot about the ‘why’? Why is this the story you are telling? What have you taken away from this experience? If you want to take a reader on the journey through your life, there has to be a pretty compelling reason. Some memoirs are more successful than others. In order for a memoir to work – for me at least – it has to combine three elements: story, character and writing. So, for example, Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love both worked and didn’t work for me. The writing was terrific; I loved the idea of her journey, but I didn’t like her very much. Let’s compare Eat, Pray, Love to another best-selling memoir, Julie & Julia. I loved the story, the writing and Julie herself. Then there’s Wild. At twenty-six Cheryl Strayed is still mourning the death of her mother, who died when she was 22, the dissolution of her marriage, which ended soon after, and recovering from her addiction to a guy named Joe and their shared heroin habit. Good times. Impulsively, she decides to hike the Pacific Coast Trail. That’s 4268 km of therapy. With very little preparation (or at least it seemed that way to me – she bought a book and some ill-fitting hiking books and suddenly she was walking), Strayed embarks on a journey which she hopes will clear her head or mend her broken heart. When the book opens, Cheryl has lost a boot over the edge of a mountain: "My boot was gone. Actually gone. I clutched its mate to my chest like a baby, though of course it was futile. What is one boot without the other boot. It is nothing. It is useless, an orphan forevermore, and I could take no mercy on it. It was a big lug of a thing, of genuine heft, a brown leather Raichle boot with a red lace and metal fasts. I lifted it high and threw it with all my might and watched it fall into the lush trees and out of my life. … I looked south, to where I’d been, to the wild land that had schooled and scorched me, and considered my options. There was only one, I knew. There was always only one. To keep walking." I felt like Strayed’s journey had all sorts of potential. I mean, her life was a total mess and here was her opportunity to work out her issues and reset her course. But the more I read the less I cared. I can’t quite say what it was about her, but others in book club had the same sort of feeling: we just didn’t like Strayed. Wild felt like a missed opportunity to me. Regardless of whether your relationship is awesome or toxic, the death of a parent is a game-changer. Strayed’s brother and sister and her beloved step-father, Eddie, sort of scatter to the wind and it made me wonder why. When my parents died – first my mom and then a couple years later, my dad – my three younger brothers and I circled the wagons and became even closer. We understood that it was just us now and ‘us’ was important. Strayed’s brother doesn’t even visit his mother when she is dying in the hospital. So, is Strayed ‘cured’ after her long walk. I doubt it. While on the surace it would seem that her journey to the Bridge of the Gods (and oh, those heavy-handed metaphors!) delivers her back to herself, I’m not sold.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book..! 'Wild' is a beautifully descriptive story about loss, pain, nearly giving up, and pushing on. I loved every moment of this book and am just blown away by the author's audacity and perseverance to achieve her goal. I personally will never be able to go three months in the wild,with a pack so heavy in my back, blistered feet, bleeding and sore, filthy, hungry and lonely. I couldn't believe she kept going, hiked 1100 miles solo on the PCT enduring scorching temperatures on the desert or frigid weather from the High Sierra Mountains, and wild animals but despite all that and the mental and physical tiredness she never gave up and accomplished her soul finding with every step she took in her journey. The bravery and willpower flowed from the pages of this book touched me deeply. It was a great book to read.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wild If you have ever spent any time searching for your true self...then this book is for you. I wish I was half as brave as Cheryl Strayed.
Date published: 2013-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy I loved this book so much I didn't want it to end.
Date published: 2013-09-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth the rave reviews After reading all the hype about this book, I thought I'd give it a shot. I just finished it and that was only because I made myself. I didn't really care if she finished her journey as the book lacked some depth. I was much more interested in the details of her hike than any internal growth that may have occurred because there wasn't much evidence of that in the book. It's impressive she finished the hike (physically), but I didn't really see anything else redeeming in the story.
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A walk of a Lifetime I read this book for a book club I hope to attend in a few weeks. I was fortunate that it was available at the e-library. In reviewing this book, I have to look at the content and writing style. The author has a story to tell. She accomplished a great feat. Hiking the the Pacific coast trail is a challenge for even the most experienced hiker. In the book, the author tells of may hikers who had to give up. She was a rookie at long distance hiking. This is what can drive some readers crazy and others amuse. She decided to do it on whim. As she starts out, you want scream "What are you doing girl?" You have to shake your head at what she is trying to do. You have to admire her luck. As one of the other hikers said, peoplde did things for her that other people wouldn't do for them. She needed luck and guardian angels. I was alway thinking that she was grazy and flakey for doing this just because her mother died. As I often say, everyone has a story to tell. Some people don't want to tell it, for whatever reasons. Some people can't tell a story. And then there those who can tell a story. They can entertain us a story, no matter what it is. The author of this book did a great job of telling us how she she came to be on the trail, what she did to prepare for the hike. She talks about the hike in enough detail to keep us interested and understanding of challenges that she face. She shares with us the mistakes she made and personal weaknesses. She did a good job of bringing her character out in the book. She does use the This book was a selection for a book club meeting I want to attend. This club is all women. I was the first man to attend in quite awhile. I beleive that this book will appeal more to women than to men. It is a great story, but the story of her coming to grips with her feeling swill appeal more to women. The hiking story may appeal to men
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wild Cheryl Strayed is a self-absorbed, ill-prepared ditz. She decides after losing her mother to cancer she needs to 'find' herself by hiking the Pacific Rim Trail from California to Oregon. SOOOOO, she leaves and divorces the husband she loves and who dearly loves her. She sleeps with a heroin addict and then tries heroin to keep her current love interest happy. She buys a pack she can't even carry and causes big-time chafing without trying it out or even thinking it through. She hikes in shoes that mangle her feet causing her toenails to fall off and probably irreparable damage to her feet. Having gone through all that she decides to hike the trail alone, some times without enough water. What was she thinking? I did enjoy the tales of the trail but did not at all understand why any person would put themselves in that position. There are a lot better and easy ways to kill yourself. The redeeming feature of this book is that it is not badly written.
Date published: 2013-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow. Painfully zone 2 slow. The book has far to much non racing background for my taste. That may work for some put I had to skip sections to keep moving at all. I was having such a hard time it took me almost a year to pick away at this book. The last quarter of the book is the best. The stuff about her challenge Roth races and pre race injuries are interesting to hear.
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Memorable Wild Journey! At first I was skeptical of this book, thinking it was nothing but Oprah approved chick adventure tale. Well, I was wrong! This is a fascinating bio of a young woman seeking spiritual and moral rejuvenation by walking solo 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. She endures thirst, famine, toenail loss, fear of rape, wildlife and everything else a human being can endure. Cheryl Strayed's trek shows that people are much stronger and strong willed than we give ourselves credit for. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2013-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wild Fantastic......loved this story.
Date published: 2013-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This book could have been half this length and given the same message. All that walking to end with ( spoiler alert) the acknowledgement of a man being the most noteworthy aspect of the end of the trail.
Date published: 2013-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original and inspiring Read this a few months ago but didn't mark it so. Anyone who is struggling and at a crossroads will love this.
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what I expected - best book club selection this year When I found out my book club selected a non-fiction book for October's book, I was not going to read it. I am not a big fan of non-fiction and I did not want to shell out for a hardcover book to boot. When someone described it to me as a woman's journey to find herself, it sounded even less appealling. However, I relented and read the book from cover to cover in one weekend. It was a wonderful read and the best selection this year so far. Warning: it will make you want to go camping. Cheryl has a very concise writing style and kept the pages turning with her adventures on the trail. I will look for other works from this author as I enjoyed her writing style immensely.
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You are as elated as she is when she completes this quest! You walk every step with her, you carry the weight of the pack, you struggle to continue the challenges of the trail with her. But then you share in each and every accomplishment, each and every goal reached. Building on her new found strengths to succeed in this amazingly wonderous epic quest. Well done!
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wild I thought this was a great read about self discovery. Cheryl demonstrates how a big change and change your life and that you don't need a lot of money or the strength of many others to do it yourself. The book was well written in the fact that the landscapes and situations are often repetitive, yet when reading it hardly ever feels that way. Not what I normally read but I was very impressed!
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wild Maybe it was a case of bad timing. I read this book right after I finished Me to We by Craig and Marc Kielburger. Strayed's misguided self-focused misadventures seemed shallow and ridiculous compared to the outward-looking world vision of the Kielburger brothers. Maybe it's that Strayed is no Bill Bryson. I enjoyed Bryson's telling of his own misguided self-focused misadventures on the Appalachian Trail in A Walk in the Woods. But Bryson doesn't take himself so damned seriously and he's an entertaining humorist. Whatever the reason, Cheryl Strayed's memoir of her mountain hike irritated me. For someone who spent months preparing for her hike, she hit the Pacific Coast Trail shockingly unprepared. Here's a tip for any potential mountain trail hikers: it's hard. It's an uncomfortable, smelly, dangerous, potentially life-threatening, foot-blistering experience. Don't be surprised by this. Let me wrap up the plot of this book for you: Woman gets married at 19. Woman's mother dies a few years later. She ruins her marriage and becomes a drug addict. In her drug-haze of divorce pain, she decides that hiking the Pacific Coast Trail would be a good idea. But you know, the Pacific Coast Trail is really hard. Blisters, a heavy pack, snow, extreme heat, blisters, leering men, friendships, sex against a rock, Hawaiian screwdrivers, blisters, stunning vistas, bears, rattlesnakes, a fox, a lucky feather, blisters, the same food over and over and over, scenic lakes, up-up-up, down-down-down, the end. Strayed (She chose this last name for herself out of a dictionary. Does that tell you something?) makes a point of making the hike alone: a woman against the mountains. In normal circumstances I applaud a woman making a case for the empowerment of women, but Strayed doesn't succeed there either. She earns the nickname "Hapless Hiker." Men along the way cast sidelong glances at her poorly planned, ill-equipped approach to the trail. I'm not sure that helps our cause. By the end of the trail, her nickname is "The Queen of the PCT" because people along the way grant her special privileges because she's a woman. Sigh. The sticker on the front of my hardcover copy tells me that this book is part of Oprah's Book Club 2.0. I shouldn't be surprised given Oprah's fondness for the "downtrodden woman triumphs over adversity" theme, but in this case it's more a case of "hapless woman somehow miraculously survives her own colossally stupid decisions unscathed." I didn't leave this book feeling inspired or empowered. I didn't laugh. I didn't cry. I shook my head often. I clucked my teeth now and then. I said "Oh, for the love of God" out loud more than once. I can't recommend this book. If you want an entertaining book about a mountain trail walk, I recommend A Walk in the Woods.
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, intriguing, keeps you reading I think Cheryl is and extraordinary women, and encourages us all to follow our dreams and find our inner self. Absolutely loved the book and could not put it down,
Date published: 2012-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Journey vs. Character I found Cheryl Strayed's writing to be beautiful and almost poetic in its simplicity and I really enjoyed the journey she took, however, I found Cheryl to be a somewhat unlikeable and unsympathetic character with her nonchalance to some life events mind boggling.
Date published: 2012-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful You might think that reading about a long hike would be boring but this book is terrific.
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Authentic & inspiring Ultimately this is an inspiring read - towards the end of it I was ready to drag my backpack out of the garage and head up to Killarney, I really was. I still might. Even though her adventure was born of heartache, this book captures that feeling of novelty mixed with challenge that has always been the hallmark of adventure for me. Artful are her descriptions of the landscape she journeys through. I say artful because I was transported into what felt like an authentic vision of where she was as if I were looking at a picture of it. Further, her description of the covert threat she felt from a couple of the men she met on the trail also felt accurate. Her written voice is different from anything I've experienced. I feel the same way reading great literature.
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story Although the writer was so poorly prepared for the trip she took, it is amazing that she finished to write this story. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Strong, determined and gutsy woman.
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great read! “Original voices knock you out. And, that is exactly how I felt reading Cheryl Strayed’s new memoir Wild. At its core, the story of a deep and reverential love between mother and daughter, Wild is a searingly honest account of what it means to lose someone and yourself and then make yourself whole again. Strayed loses her mother to a totally unexpected illness. Shocked and devastated by the loss, her life spirals downward as she seeks out increasingly dangerous pursuits to dull her pain. Sensing her own collapse, and the imperative to change course, Strayed sets out on what can only be described as an awe inspiring journey. Over the course of three gruelling months, she hikes The Pacific Crest Trail with nothing but a backpack and her sheer determination to put one foot in front of the other. She faces down pain, hunger, thirst, injury, black bears and rattlesnakes – but she also discovers new levels of joy, accomplishment, courage and extraordinary friendship. Throughout, Strayed moves us seamlessly between present and past – giving us not only never to be forgotten images of her trek but also a moving account of her relationship with her quite remarkable mother. This book, which in fact brims with optimism, is a tour de force … the Mother’s Day book of this year.” “I cannot recall a book that has so genuinely brought me to tears in the early chapters and yet by book’s end, left me both amazed and comforted by one person’s ability to ‘come out the other end’ of what nature and life serves up. I loved it.” – An Indigo Mom
Date published: 2012-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheering for Cheryl all the way! I couldn’t describe it better than the book description, so … “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.” I loved this book! By the end I was cheering for Cheryl to finish
Date published: 2012-05-11