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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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Wild
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Perfect one word for the title
January 18th, 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I was drawn in by Cherly's honesty and introspection ~her raw emotion and her spiritual journey. And then, her description of the PCT left me with a desire to hike the trail!Great read!
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Loved every second of this "awakening"
January 17th, 2015
I laughed, I cried ( and I do mean a two tissue type cry ) and I enjoyed every minute of this Cheryl Stayed " awakening" I felt somewhat lost myself when I was finished her incredible tale. This read has a bit of something for everyone, from the wilderness reader, to the self help guru.
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Mothers
January 5th, 2015
Loved and related in many ways to the brave author of this book duing this time of mouring my own wonderful and glorious mothe who I miss so dearly. There is no love better than your mother's love. Thank you for sharing your journey.
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Good read!!
January 2nd, 2015
Read this book because I had heard about the movie with Reese Witherspoon and it being one of her best performances. I always like to read the book first if based on a book. If the movie is anything like the book it should be a good movie. It was a good read from beginning to end! I bet there is a lot of people whom struggle with things that have happened in their life but to do something so drastic and hard and hike the PCT and mostly alone! What an awesome feat. Kudos to Cheryl on her accomplishment! So many people use other means to drown out life's difficult moments! Loved this book!
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Ugh!
December 15th, 2014
I should have listened to my initial gut instinct and not purchased this book, but thought, how could a best selling novel, that is soon to be a major motion picture be that bad. This book is terrible, I spent a large amount of time rooting for the rattlesnakes and praying Cheryl would either fall off the side of a cliff, or quit lollygagging and finish her stupid hike. Had I have purchased this book in paper form, it would definitely be the starter fuel for my next fire, and not because I needed the extra space in my pack.
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Wild
June 19th, 2014
Really awesome read!!
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Wild - From Lost to Found
May 3rd, 2014
Beautifully crafted language and a compelling tale intertwined with humor and love. One of the most beautiful and insightful memoires I have read. Loved it and finished it in less than 48 hours.
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January 31st, 2014
An honest memoir of how the author thoroughly messed up her life, being fighting to turn it around. Bought the book because I was keen to read about the PCT, and mostly it didn't disappoint, though I wished she had written a little more on it. I did skip over some parts where the author seemingly went on and on about her life, it was a little overkill certain parts. Overall, a pretty good read, especially for females who I imagine would enjoy her emotional musings a little more.
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January 24th, 2014
Beautifully written, engaging and insightful. Highly recommended.
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January 23rd, 2014
Fantastic and beautiful story!! Inspiring and interesting all the way through.
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January 23rd, 2014
Awesome book. I would read it again.
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January 23rd, 2014
very honest book. I would recommend this book for any young female thinking of traveling solo as it highlights the ups and downs of a solo journey.
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October 5th, 2013
Great read! Felt bad for her and was routing for her as she went through her journey. Quite amazing for a young woman to do this all alone. We are all strong in one way or another.
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October 5th, 2013
"Wild" has been subtitled, "From Lost to Found on the Pacific Trail." Indeed, we as readers too find ourselves. We first get lost in Cheryl's Life but in the process of discovering Cheryl as she trudges along we find ourselves too. What a glorious adventure! Download today and find yourself; or better still create yourself!
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October 4th, 2013
I was moved to laughter and to tears by Cheryl Strayed's wondrous story of survival told humbly and with acute sense of the beauty and the danger of the wilderness. She defies the odds in completing a solo journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. She notes the irony of her name strayed as in lost and tells of her spin into depression, drugs, and an unhealthy promiscuous lifestyle which destroys her marriage as she grieves the death of her mother. She does not condemn herself and speaks clearly of her naiveté in even considering the PCT. She vividly describes the steps she took to prepare and allows the reader to travel along side her as she makes every mistake possible and relates it without shame and often very funnily. She wears the wrong size hiking boots depicted on the cover and ruins her feet within the first week. Her description of the desert and later the mountains is rich with the animals she meets both human and other and often is imbued with spiritual reverence. It is a testimony to her wretchedness and her determination that she continues and time and again I was amazed at her tenacity and courage. One of the few books I have ever read to the last page and immediately turned back to the first to read again. I include it as one of the best memoirs I have ever read.
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October 4th, 2013
Wonderfully written, inspiring and motivated read. Made me want to buy a pair of hiking boots and head off into the wild to find myself
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October 4th, 2013
I read this book earlier this year and her message stayed with me. I could not ever fathom taking on anything close to her journey but it inspires n motivates me when I am faced with difficulties.
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October 4th, 2013
A very personal story about relationships as well as challenging adventure - this is a great memoir.
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October 4th, 2013
I wasn't sure at first if I would enjoy this book, but turned out I loved it! The main character pulled me in, she felt so real. I enjoyed following her adventure and found myself truly wanting her to succeed! It's a great story and well written.
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October 4th, 2013
I really enjoyed this biography though didn't expect to! Reading the synopsis, the author seemed rather self indulgent, but the reviews led me to give this one a chance and I am glad I did. I found myself eagerly awaiting the next time I could pick up the book and read about the next obstacle Cheryl Strayed was able to overcome and wonder how I would fare in her situation.
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