Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

In the wake of her mother’s death and the slow disintegration of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed is lost, seeking solace in drugs, reckless decisions, and the wrong men.  Then she accidently stumbles upon a book that gives her the idea that will change her life: hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Feeling further and further from the woman she once was, 26 year old Strayed makes the decision to take the journey from California to Oregon alone.  Inexperienced and over-burdened with supplies, Strayed hikes the trail that would take her 1,100 miles through California and Oregon, facing extreme conditions, physical exertion, and breathtaking beauty. 

Strayed relates her journey with honesty, humor, and grit.  Her description is rich and vivid - the trail that redeemed her and the people along the way that became her trail family come alive for the reader.  She doesn’t shy away from some of the darker aspects of her past or the grueling reality of the obstacles facing PCT hikers, but these elements helped me appreciate her story all the more.  I’d recommend to anyone looking for an authentic, candidly written story.

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