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Publisher Description

Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.
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: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.
Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Biographies & Memoirs
Bernadette Dunne
hr min
March 20
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

car1513 ,

Well Written

While many people have hiked the long distance trails {myself included}, what I found compelling was the way Strayed tied her personal journey to the trip. Most people walk into the woods to find something, be it a notch on the belt for completing a thru-hike or the answers to life's big questions. Strayed wrote her own search in a funny, and at times quite heart-wrenching way, but managed to keep it feeling sincere and authentic. If I'd wanted a guidebook, I would have bought one and that is the kind of knowledge that is easily learned. I appreciated the earnest story of someone just finding her way in the world and thinking that the trials, tribulations, and rewards of the trail might help her get there. Totally worth checking out and the audio version was great!

Jenny63 ,


Wonderful!! I loved it. I bought the audio book. She makes you feel like you're with her. Great writing. I've told many about this book. The movie doesn't even come close to the book. I've listened at least 4 times. Also I now have added a long hike to my bucket list! 😉👍🏼

Fozz347 ,

Lots of people have done it.

Hiking the entire PCT is certainly a great physical and mental feat, but many people have done it. I've done it and met a 74 year old man that was doing it alone for the 3rd time. His book I'd read. This one doesn't give much that isn't written in the thousands of blogs out there describing the same trip.

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