I did not expect to like this book so much. I listened to the audiobook on a cross country road trip and loved it. Cherry Strayed does an amazing job writing about her younger self in a complex way that is relatable even if her experiences seems unique. I found that the way she wrote about herself is the way I've felt at times and it resonated with me because having ways to explain how I felt allows for moving on and healing. Her story is inspiring and makes me want to invest in myself. For anyone who struggles with loneliness or self worth, Strayed's writing might resonate with you too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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)
NYT Bestseller; Excellent
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