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Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Strayed, Cheryl, 1968- (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Strayed, Cheryl, 1968-
Statement of Responsibility: Cheryl Strayed
Title: Wild
from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 315 p. : map ; 25 cm
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Contents: The ten thousand things
Splitting
Hunching in a remotely upright position
The Pacific Crest Trail, volume I : California
Tracks
A bull in both directions
The only girl in the woods
Corvidology
Staying found
Range of light
The lou out of lou
This far
The accumulation of trees
Wild
Box of rain
Mazama
Into a primal gear
The queen of the PCT
The dream of a common language
Summary: 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.
Subject Headings: Strayed, Cheryl, 1968- Travel Pacific Crest Trail Authors, American 21st century Biography Pacific Crest Trail Description and travel
Topical Term: Authors, American
LCCN: 2011033752
ISBN: 9780307592736
0307592731
Branch Call Number: B Strayed S
Research Call Number: JFE 14-2071
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March 21, 2014

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Jul 09, 2014
  • eord72918 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was an easy read and was very good.

Jul 05, 2014
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A compelling memoir, as well as a cautionary tale about the need to be well-prepared for a major backpacking trip.

Jun 23, 2014
  • labrys rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Awful memoir from a self involved lost soul. Long sagas of bad decisions are only interesting when the author learns something or writes well. Had this not been a book club assignment, I would have abandoned it less than 50 pages in.

Jun 20, 2014
  • path111 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Cheryl Strayed has personal setbacks sufficient to set her off on a journey of self discovery and reflection. All this was sufficient for me to begin the book with interest. Forgetting the maxim, I even liked the cover

But as the author revealed her character, I was turned off. She was ill-prepared, cocky, and (worst of all) self centered in the extreme. It is as if she forgot that there are others out there.

She was honest in her day to day narrative. But her rambling was one sign that she lacked insight. Only with that maturity could she have found the healing she desired.

There are much better books on the trail and journey.

Jun 16, 2014
  • Ta2ati2d rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is fantastic. Loved going through the journey with Strayed, and the way she writes, you DO feel like you're going through it with her. This is a strong book I read in the beginning of 2013, and it has stayed in my head ever since! Definitiely a "Deserted Island" top 10.

Jun 04, 2014
  • ajaggen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is for someone who is looking to learn about finding one-self. It was interesting, but it rambled a lot in the beginning.

May 21, 2014
  • smc01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I didn't think I'd be interested in this one until I heard the author interviewed on CBC Radio's Q recently. The author was quite interesting and likable, so I gave her book a chance. The audio recording is very well done. I agree with some of the previous reviewers that Cheryl seemed unprepared for her hike, and did some foolish things. She said on the radio that if she had known so many people were going to read her book, she "never would have written half that stuff!" I found her journey to overcome her grief about the death of her mother to be moving and honest, and while I wouldn't say I'm inspired to do something similar, I admire her strength in completing her hike in order to heal her soul.

Apr 21, 2014
  • ecogirl75 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Ask any Search and Rescue volunteer and they'll tell you that tragic stories often result from stupidly hiking into the wilderness wildly unprepared. I am an avid reader and an avid hiker. I have several books like this and they all start off the same - being unprepared, ill-equipped, making stupid mistakes - and these books usually end in disaster. Miraculously, this author survived, but, unfortunately, through this book, is advocating for just how "easy" it is to take off into the wilderness. I realize the whole "cathartic journey" theme is very popular right now, but there are far better books out there.

I hate to be cruel but those who write memoirs open themselves up to the reader's criticism of their actions and this book is no exception. I found this woman to be incredibly flaky and juvenile and couldn't tolerate her anymore past the half-way point of the book. I will however, give the author credit for her blatent honesty in writing this book. She doesn't sugar-coat any of her thoughts or feelings or actions.

Mar 14, 2014
  • hey44 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was a decently good read and a page-turner, but I found myself feeling irritated as I read it. Why was that? Frankly, I don't find her story to be entirely believable, and I suspect the author, who appears to be something of a drama queen, has embellished or even made up many of her exploits on the trail. After all, a more colourful story will sell more books, and she does seem to like to be the centre of attention - even if it is negative attention and/or attention caused by really dumb decisions. Her walk took place many years before she wrote the book and I doubt anyone would remember as much detail as is recorded in this account. Perhaps she just has a really good editor who encouraged her to add the right elements to make this book sell.

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May 25, 2014
  • mccracch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I walked until walking became unbearable, until I believed I couldn't walk even one more step. And then I ran.

Jul 09, 2013
  • sydneysmom19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward, I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something. That perhaps being amidst the undesecrated beauty of the wilderness meant I too could be undesecrated, regardless of what I’d lost or what had been taken from me, regardless of the regrettable things I’d done to others or myself or the regrettable things that had been done to me. Of all the things I’d been skeptical about, I didn’t feel skeptical about this: the wilderness had a clarity that included me.

May 31, 2013
  • acer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't know how living outdoors and sleeping on the ground in a tent each night and walking alone through the wilderness all day almost every day had come to feel like my normal life, but it had...and something inside of me released.

Apr 03, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Nature!

Oct 24, 2012
  • Kimbolizzie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It had only to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles for no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental.

Jul 31, 2012
  • wsbooklover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I felt fierce and humble and gathered up inside, like I was safe in this world.

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Jul 10, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

First trailer for WILD, the film

Due to be released on December 5, 2014, this is the official trailer for the film adaptation of Strayed's book WILD.

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