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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wild

WILD
A Memoir
by Cheryl Strayed
I'm almost done reading, Wild, written by Cheryl Strayed. I take my time, savoring each word, not wanting it to end. 
By now, everyone who has read this book  - or is familiar with its story -  knows it as the novel of a woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. With heavy backpack, shoes that turn toenails into raggedly black torments and the adventure of solitary travel, it is much more than a narrative about hiking. It is the story of a young woman who has lost her mother to cancer, a woman just released from marriage, and one with a desire for freedom that only comes with hard internal looking. What better place, than on the PCT, with stars, rattle snakes, weather of all types, an occasional bear and the kindness of like-minded wanderers she encounters along the way.
From Ms. Strayed's website
"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. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journy that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her."
I'm wishing for more - for it not to end. It's that good! 
For more information about Wild and other books written by Ms. Strayed, please visit her website
Cheryl Strayed, Facebook
Published by Knopf

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