Wild

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Traces the personal crisis the author endured after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, which prompted her ambition to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2012
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780307970299
Branch Call Number: CDA 813.6 STR
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (ca. 13 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Dunne, Bernadette

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SPL_Shauna Jun 25, 2016

Following the death of her mother, author Cheryl Strayed's life goes seriously sideways. This autobiography details the lowest lows - heroin use, serial infidelity, divorce - as she comes to terms with her past while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

A must read for fans of autobiography, and especially for women who've survived hardship. Trigger warnings definitely apply (animal cruelty, child abuse, drug use, sex assault), but if you're feeling up for it, Wild is a beautiful, redemptive tale for women who've lived too hard.

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beardieowner19
May 19, 2016

Loved this - got the audio book after seeing the movie (listened to it while commuting) - and now I want to watch the movie again. I didn't want this book to end - so interesting - love her style of writing - Cheryl Strayed doesn't narrate the book (wish she did) but the actress does a good job of it.

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rpavlacic
Jan 09, 2016

A truly remarkable story about a woman who goes for broke and hikes one of the most challenging trails in America. A terrific story of self-discovery after everything around her falls asunder - and the same nearly happens during her journey. I read this one during a recent hospital stay and enjoyed it from front to back.

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Sublurbanite
Mar 21, 2015

A great true adventure book about a women who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail after her life falls apart. Easy to listen to, and there were many parts that I could just picture in my mind as I was listening. It seemed that I was right there hiking along too.

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SuzeParker
Jan 24, 2015

Dealing with significant loss and making a host of self-destructive decisions? Why not go hike the PCT? Cheryl Strayed did, and it seems to have worked out just fine for her. Though pretty self-indulgent, "Wild" (I'm thankful to say) didn't begin to compare to the "Eat, Pray, Love" level of narcissism. I'm glad I read it so I can talk about it with the many friends who also have read it, and I liked reading about Strayed's experiences on the trail itself. But it's not a story that will stick with me.

asg20 Jan 20, 2015

This was one of the best books I've read (listened to) in a long time. Cheryl is engaging and her story captures her brokenness and her spirit. Loved it.

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Fionaenzo
Dec 16, 2014

She did an amazing hike and had an interesting back story. Upon further reflection, I have appreciated that although her approach was a bit foolhardy, many great things have been accomplished by people who did not know they couldn't do something. Her tale also reminds us that women are often restricted by fears - their own and others - of assault, so their lives become smaller (eventually they and others believe women incapable of epic feats -- but this story proves otherwise). This was the only way she knew to heal - to get back in her body. Great story of endurance - and tragedy avoided!

bnotash70 May 07, 2014

engrossing story of a women who had lived a hard life of poverty and abuse from the hands of her father, being raised by a loving Mom who died at 44, when she was only 22, She decided to do a long hike on the Pacific Coastal Trail, which was so challenging , for which she was unprepared, physically and bogged down with a pack she had filled with too much equipment and too-small shoes. She last 6 toenails, and much of the time had almost no money. (Although in the wilderness there was almost nothing anywhere to buy)

carolsbrown Sep 17, 2013

NYT Bestseller; Excellent

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jbaker0118
Jul 26, 2013

I loved this book. Probably the only thing that kept me from giving it a full 5 stars is that, by the end, I was as ready for it to be over as Strayed probably felt at the end of the PCT. Perhaps that was intentional on her part - or perhaps, it was her story, and she just decided to own it and tell it in the detail she felt necessary, but it was LONG. That said, when she ends the journey, I cried right along with her, as she ate her jumbo cone outside the drive in at the end. So, mission accomplished!! Great read - one disclaimer: don't read it if easily offended by "language".

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