Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Hardback Oprah's Book Club 2.0

By (author) Cheryl Strayed

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 315 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 36mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 20 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307592731
  • ISBN 13: 9780307592736
  • Illustrations note: 1 MAP
  • Sales rank: 39,081

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Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection. 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.

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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. www.cherylstrayed.com

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"After her mother died and her marriage fell apart, novelist Strayed impulsively decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mexican border to just below Canada, in a desperate attempt to regain her footing. With no hiking experience, too-small boots and a too-large backpack (she dubs it Monster), she soloed for three months, encountering rattlers and battling her terror of bears and mountain lions by singing 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.' Strayed persevered through punishing loneliness, coping by digging deeper into her own psyche. . . . With grace, wild humor and transcendent insights, she describes her dawning awareness that hiking was making the pain in her life 'the tiniest bit less hard, ' and as she begins to heal, she also discovers just how strong she really is. Strayed's language is so vivid, sharp and compelling that you feel the heat of the desert, the frigid ice of the High Sierra and the breathtaking power of one remarkable woman finding her way--and herself--one brave step at a time. Four stars." --Caroline Leavitt, "People" "[A] poignant, no-holds barred, kick-ass memoir that will grab you by the throat and shake you to your core. . . . Strayed seamlessly weaves events on the trail with memories, good and bad, that explain why this hike had to be. And so it goes, for 1,100 miles and three arduous months--through injuries, hunger, thirst, strangers met, kindnesses shown, ice and snow, some hilarity, much suffering, almost quitting and much learning. . . . this powerful and raw, deeply felt, often humorous, and beautifully written memoir turns hiking into an act of redemption and salvation." --"Shelf Awareness " "Strayed has enjoyed acclaim as an extraordinary essayist for 15 years. . . . "Wild" tells how, when she was 22 with her life in disarray, she impulsively decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon. The idea was that it might help her put things back together. Likei