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Cheryl Strayed
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1 Aug 2013
At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America - from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington state - and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on a map. But it held a promise - a promise of piecing together a life that lay in ruins at her feet.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857897764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857897763
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 11.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put the book down 10 Mar 2012
By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars sad, moving 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Read me now 15 July 2014
By Bee
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Came across this book while on holiday and couldn't wait to look it up when I got back. Bought it off Amazon and have to say it was my read of the year. Inspiring, moving and gripping read. Am now looking forward to the film adaptation, however the book will be hard to match. Go for it. Have lent to numerous friends and family members and they all raved about it too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 18 Aug 2014
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Please note I am a harsh star giver (the number of 5* ratings drives me crazy).

This is outside of what I would normally read but came across it and thought I would give it a go. It is an enjoyable tour of the life of the author and the monumental undertaking to hike the pacific coast trail. The book is outside what I would normally read and the life of the author is far removed from what I can relate to. However the book tells its story really well and is an enjoyable read.

The author does a good job condensing her life and enormous journey into a book. I guess would have been challenging but the book shifts between skimming and dwelling at the right points and I never really felt that anything was skimmed of dwelt on too much.

The only real negative I would mention is the ending moves rapidly and I would like to have learnt more about what the author and some of the people she met were doing in the years since completing the trek.

It is a good book and well worth a read,
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking It Off... 11 Mar 2012
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
The subject line is Doug Peacock's title to his memoir Walking It Off on overcoming his "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" after the Vietnam War. He took to the wilderness, and long hikes. Peacock served as the model for George Washington Hayduke in Edward Abbey's environmental classic The Monkey Wrench Gang (Penguin Modern Classics). PSTD can take many forms, and one does not need to go to war to be so afflicted. An abusive father, who absences himself from his parental duties far too early, and a mother who dies from cancer, also, far too early, can leave one grasping for the illusionary safety ring of a "Leave It to Beaver" upbringing. A marriage, also to use the same phrase, far too early, did not provide it. And heroin and too many mindless, anonymous couplings proved to be failed grasps at obtaining self-esteem. A chance glance in a bookstore provided the opportunity for a sense of accomplishment and achievement that might provide it though. Cheryl Strayed (the last name she assumed for herself, after her divorce, underscore her wayward path) sought salvation on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and largely found it.

Strayed commenced her solo hike in June, 1995, in the Mojave Desert. Her original objective was the Oregon state line. She was abysmally unprepared, physically, or mentally, for the challenges ahead. There were no three to five day preliminary hikes to break in her body and her equipment. She went "heavy," save for the proverbial "kitchen sink.
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This book was inspiring. It certainly demons tried the highs and lows if taking on such a big challenge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars moving
Having lost me beloved mother 31/2 years ago, this book resonated for me in so many ways. While I will never walk the PCT trail, I am going to find my own pilgrimage.
Published 26 days ago by Karen the expat
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking, inspiring and soulful journey
A beautifully written, sometimes fittingly frank, painful-yet-joyful account of a path from existing and grieving back to living and loving. Read more
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Absolutely brilliant - so enjoyed it
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A really good read. Found Cheryl's story very inspiring.
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