Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

This is the incredible story of Cheryl, a 26 year old woman who had never been backpacking before she set out on a 1, 100 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Recently divorced from her husband, she quit her waitressing job, sold most of her belongings, and purchased almost everything she could possibly think of for her three-month journey. Besides all her gear, she also needed to carry about 24 lbs of water and did it all in a pair of hiking boots which were a size too small, something she realized after much pain and injury.

All in all this was a recipe for disaster, but fortunately for the reader, it was also a recipe for a spectacular book. “Wild” is a breathtaking adventure tale and a profound meditation on the nature of grief and survival. As the book unfolds, Cheryl tells the parallel stories of her past family life and the day-to -day struggles and triumphs of her three-month hike. The reviewer found Cheryl’s wilderness experience very exciting as she encounters bears, rattlesnakes, ice, record snow and predatory men. If you are looking for a gripping, well-written adventure story with depth and humanity, this is the book for you.

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