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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
March 20
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

SuziQ2323 ,


I too am a solo, female pct hiker. I went to the trail to escape and instead found myself. The trail was marriage and grief counselor, solitude and companion. I enjoyed another account of self-discovery like my own experience. May all who seek the healing power of the wilderness find what they are looking for.

Pili28 ,


I was a bit worried this was going to be a type of hikers "how to" but it was not. From the first couple of pages I was drawn in and found myself tearing up after the first couple of chapters. This book gave me empowerment to do anything, and through life's struggles we grow in different ways. The author's voice is not afraid to say it how it is.

Melloman2 ,

Awesome reading

I am neither a hiker nor a real active person but I truly enjoyed this story. I love memoirs with a happy ending and ones that take reader on a journey from childhood acceptance into reality. I admire your courage and tenacity to hike the pct. thank you

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