Wednesday, December 19, 2012



Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed has spent many weeks on the NY Times Best Seller's list and I spent just as long waiting for it to be available for me at the library.

Good Reads' Synopsis: "A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.
At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's devastating death, her family scattered, and her own marriage was soon destroyed. 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. Gorgeously told, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild is the vivid story of a young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her."
What I Thought: Very often these kinds of books don't like up to the hype but I really enjoyed this one. Strayed has a wonderful story of bravery and soul searching to tell. While I have no interest in hiking, I found myself captured by her journey and admiring the guts she has. A quickly paced style offered up a fast and intriguing read. If you're needing a little non-fiction in your life, give this a try.

Rating: * * * *

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