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

This #1 New York Times bestseller will soon be a major motion picture starringwild Reese Witherspoon.

When Cheryl Strayed was a college senior, her 45-year-old mother died of cancer, leaving Cheryl devastated by grief.  Not long after her mother’s death, Cheryl’s marriage fell apart.

She decided to go – all alone – to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, soon finding herself very poorly prepared for such a feat.  Her backpack, which she nicknamed “Monster,” was so heavy that, when she first put it on her back, she could barely stand up.  How could she possibly carry it for more than a thousand miles?  Her shoes, which had seemed so comfortable in the store, were terribly painful under trail conditions.  She encountered bears and rattlesnakes, freezing temperatures and blazing heat.  Although most people on the trail were wonderfully kind and helpful, she found that a woman alone in the wilderness sometimes encounters dangerous men.  Short of money, longing for a shower or a good meal, she kept pressing on.  In time, without fully realizing how, the long walk helped her to recover from her grief.

Strayed speaks frankly about her thoughts, faults, and weaknesses, and she knows how to involve readers in her joys and struggles.

(Helen Snow, retired from Information Services)

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