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  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group; 1 edition (20 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307592736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307592736
  • ASIN: 0307592731
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 3.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (536 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,313 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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Completely immersive... A funny and fierce tale --Independent on Sunday

[Cheryl Strayed] is a compelling storyteller... In this hugely entertaining book she takes the redemptive nature of travel a theme as old as literature itself and makes it her own. --Observer

A traveller's tale about the challenges of modern America, the kindness of strangers and the resilience of the human spirit. Above all, a vigorous, colourful, heartening piece of writing. --The Times

A spectacular book... Both a literary and a human triumph. --New York Times

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

Clear, honest, and quietly riveting. --Marie Claire --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Cheryl Strayed is the author of Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar and the novel Torch. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, The Rumpus, Self, The Missouri Review, The Sun, and The Best American Essays. She lives in Portland, Oregon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 18 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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90 of 97 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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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41 of 46 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Webster VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2013
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My own early (young woman) experiences of an abusive father and a mother who died early of cancer mirror extremely closely the authors. Strayed writes very well about her relationship with her mother and her grief. I found myself choking up while reading about this part of her life as memories of losing my mother came flooding back. There were so many other subsequent identifications that I found myself glued to this book and wondering if my early losses have given me a blueprint Cheryl Strayed character when I should have been maintaining objectivity to write this review! My thoughts about it are strongly colored by that identification but I don't know how to get around that. So heregoes: I felt proud of Strayed walking the PCT but was worried about the weight of her backback. I wasn't sure she was doing the right thing in divorcing. I was worried about her vulnerability and sleeping out at night (snakes, bears, human beings). I was worried about her feet.

Anyway, despite my all my worries Strayed is a very resouceful and strong person and she got through it all unscathed and all is well. A fantastic book if (for me) a little too close to home.
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