Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Paperback)
|Author: Cheryl Strayed|
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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.
"It is [Strayed's] voice--fierce, billowing with energy, precise--that carries WILD. . . . By turns both devastating and glorious, Strayed uses it to narrate her progress and setbacks on the trail and within herself." - Melanie Rehak 03/03/2012 "Strayed writes a crisp scene; her sentences hum with energy. She can describe a trail-parched yearning for Snapple like no writer I know. She moves us briskly along the route, making discrete rest stops to parcel out her backstory. It is improvised and often unnerving.". - Karen Long 03/25/2012 "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." - Dwight Garner 03/28/2012 "Perhaps her adventure is so gripping because Strayed relates its gritty, visceral details not out of a desire to milk its obviously dramatic circumstances but out of a powerful, yet understated, imperative to understand its meaning. We come to feel how her actions and her internal struggles intertwine, and appreciate the lessons she finds embedded in the natural world." - Dani Shapiro 04/01/2012 "Strayed recounts the road to redemption--a road buried in snow, crawling with rattlers, and patrolled by bears--with humor and irrefutably hard-won wisdom." - Elissa Schappell 03/13/2012