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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857897764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857897763
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.4 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (842 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir WILD, the inspirational collection of advice essays TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS: Advice on Love and Life from Someone Who's Been There, and the critically acclaimed novel TORCH. The movie adaptation of WILD is released by Fox Searchlight in January 2015. The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and stars BAFTA-nominated Reese Witherspoon, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Cheryl's work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Allure and The Rumpus. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their two children.

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I love this book. I want to shout it from the mountaintop. --Oprah Winfrey



Angry, brave, sad, self-knowing, redemptive, raw, compelling, and brilliantly written... It is destined to be loved by a lot of people, men and women, for a very long time --Nick Hornby, The Believer



Epic and moving --Sunday Times



Funny and fierce --Independent on Sunday



Amazing and inspiring --Nicole Kidman



Extraordinary... Truly wild: dirty, beautiful, serene --Sunday Telegraph



It's not very manly, the topic of weeping while reading... Wild pretty much obliterated me --Scotsman



A deeply honest memoir about mother and daughter, solitude and courage, and regaining footing, one step at a time. --Vogue

About the Author

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Torch, the huge New York Times-bestselling memoir Wild and the collection of essays Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Someone Who's Been There. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Allure and The Rumpus. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Sheldon on 29 May 2015
Format: Paperback
The Castle of Comfort Book Club has twinned with an American club based in Florida. Twice a year, we will suggest books for the other group to read and review. Their first recommendation for us – was a memoir of a young lady walking the Pacific Crest Trail along part of the West Coast of America in order to reconnect with herself.
Cheryl was struggling with deep grief following the loss of her Mother and herself. After supporting her Mum through her final months she loses her grounding and focus. Divorcing the man she loved and who loved her, for a life of one night stands, alcohol and drugs. Cheryl`s early life invades her present with memories of an abusive father, a poor nomadic early life but a life that was rich in love from her Mother. A mother that taught her to love the wild, the country and nature.
The enduring love of her newly divorced husband encourages her to reflect on her lack of motivation and she impulsively makes a decision to walk eleven hundred miles of the West Coast of America –from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon and into Washington – and to do it alone, to walk away from a life “in ruins” to enter a life that was centred and grounded.
Our group (with the exception of one) loved it. The healing power of the land and nature was so beautifully described. The metaphors illustrated perfectly the journey she was taking – the backpack that was too heavy had to be relieved of items during her journey was a metaphor for the emotional burdens she was discarding. The pain of her feet (boots too small…walkers amongst us will empathise with the pain of blistered toes and heels and the undignified loss of toenails!!), the dehydration; hunger and exhaustion – to suffer physically is to heal emotionally and spiritually.
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106 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Mar. 2012
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"Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" is the amazingly honest, heart-felt memoir of Cheryl Strayed's 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. It's also about her painful early life. Her abusive father left when she was six. Her mother died when she was twenty two. Her stepfather morphed from a person she considered her dad into a man she occasionally recognized. Her two siblings scattered in their grief as her marriage unraveled until she gave up and scattered as well.
With little experience as a long-distance hiker and the trail little more than an idea, "vague and outlandish and full of promise" she pieces back together a life that had come undone.
Her challenges included carrying a pack that weighed more than half her weight, blistered feet and loss of toenails, embarrassment about being broke, enduring extreme hunger, thirst, heat and cold and hiking on a narrow ridge in deep snow. ( She had to skip over four hundred miles as the trail was impassable because of the record snow.)
Cheryl laughed when her trail friends ("Three Young Bucks") named her "The Queen of the PCT" because people always wanted to give her things and did not do anything for them. She realized then, except for two creepy experiences, the world had opened their arms to her at every turn.
Sitting near the "Bridge of Gods" at the end of her hike she mused about all the trail had taught her and everything she couldn't yet know; that in four years she'd cross this bridge with another man and marry him and they would have a son and daughter.
Told with wit and wisdom Cheryl's book "Wild" is an unforgettable, inspiring story about her early life's challenges, her adventures and misadventures and the incredible beauty and spirit of the American West.
Her extraordinary story and writing is so poetic and vivid I laughed and cried and could not put the book down.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Attwood on 7 Jun. 2014
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Not much actually happens in this book, but I couldn't put it down. Some of the descriptions ripped my heart out. Cheryl has been accused of self-indulgent prose, but she struck the perfect balance of literary and simplicity for me.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By cruise queen on 15 July 2014
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Next time Im forced to watch some jumped up so called celeb saying that theyve been on " A Journey " Im going to have to resist screaming and yelling... No You Havent !!! This book is one of the most moving, stunning tale of life and sadness that I have ever read. Its honest, brutal, sad , moving , uplifting. a bit saucy in places and just a dammed good read.

Cheryl decides after the death of her mother to do the PCT and takes it on as I think a way of making sense of the world around her. The death of her mother is covered in detail, the fact that although she and her sibblings got on with their step dad things soon started to fall apart after her mum died. The family were drifting away and there was nothing Cheryl could do to stop it . I was shocked how they dealt with Lady her mothers beloved horse.. That stayed with me for a while .

I didnt realise when you did these walks that you can send parcels on ahead with things you will need or as a back up . Cheryl was depending on these to see her through, Sometimes they had arrived and sometimes not but as things were bad enough with painful feet, aching muscles and no spare clothes having to worry about money just added to the mix. Many a time she was down to her last few cents and it was with the kindness of strangers that she survived . The graphic details of her of her toe nails turning black and falling off was gruesome, she actually pulled a couple off herself, Yuck ! The utter dispair as when she sits down to rest and takes her boots off one of them tumbles over the rocks far below. I would have sobbed, what did Cheryl do ? She threw the other down after it , as one boot was no use at all !

The characters she met on the trail, some of whom over took her on the trial, many helped her felt like old friends in the end . I was overwhelmed when I finished this book . Im so glad I read it .
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