Review: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage) by Cheryl Strayed
First Vintage Books Edition, 2013, originally published by Alfred A. Knofp, a division of Random House, Inc., New York in 2012.

Book Description (from amazon)

Release date: March 26, 2013 | Series: Vintage

A Best Nonfiction Book of 2012: The Boston Globe, Entertainment WeeklyA Best Book of the Year: NPR, St. Louis Dispatch, Vogue

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 journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

My Review – 5 Stars

Wild is a terrific non-fiction/memoir.  The author, Cheryl Strayed is captivating from the beginning of the book to the end.  She starts out with an unbelievably heavy backpack and you feel like you are walking with her every step of the way.

She writes of the trials and tribulations on the trail and throughout her life.  She includes many good times as well, especially involving her new and old friends.  She seems to be an expert in providing just the right amount of detail.

In this story, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), while real, in a way, is a metaphor for life in general.  This story is inspiring as it shows it is possible to overcome obstacles and keep moving forward.

This book is winner of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards in the Memoir & Autobiography Category.

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