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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Format:  Paperback,

315 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Mar 2013

ISBN-13: 9780307476074

ISBN-10: 0307476073

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A Best Nonfiction Book of 2012: "The Boston Globe," "Entertainment Weekly
"A 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.

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Author:
Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Mar 2013
ISBN-13: 9780307476074
ISBN-10: 0307476073
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 315
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.0

Chapter outline

Author's Note
Map
Prologue
The Ten Thousand Things
The Ten Thousand Things
Splitting
Hunching in a Remotely Upright Position
Tracks
The Pacific Crest Trail, Volume 1: California
Tracks
A Bull in Both Directions
The Only Girl in the Woods
Range of Light
Corvidology
Staying Found
Range of Light
Wild
The Lou Out of Lou
This Far
The Accumulation of Trees
Wild
Box of Rain
Box of Rain
Mazama
Into a Primal Gear
Queen of the PCT
The Dream of a Common Language
Acknowledgments
Books Burned on the PCT

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-02-15)

Strayed delves into memoir after her fiction debut, Torch. She here recounts her experience hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 1995 after her mother's death and her own subsequent divorce. Designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968 but not completed until 1993, the PCT runs from Mexico to Canada, and Strayed hiked sections of it two summers after it was officially declared finished. She takes readers with her on the trail, and the transformation she experiences on its course is significant: she goes from feeling out of her element with a too-big backpack and too-small boots to finding a sense of home in the wilderness and with the allies she meets along the way. Readers will appreciate her vivid descriptions of the natural wonders near the PCT, particularly Mount Hood, Crater Lake, and the Sierras-what John Muir proclaimed the "Range of Light".

Verdict: This book is less about the PCT and more about Strayed's own personal journey, which makes the story's scope a bit unclear. However, fans of her novel will likely enjoy this new book.

[See Prepub Alert, 10/1/11.] - Karen McCoy, Northern Arizona Univ. Lib., Flagstaff

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2012-09-01)

Grieving for her recently deceased mother and a failed marriage, Strayed slipped into heroin addiction and a destructive lifestyle before deciding on a whim to hike the grueling Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at age 26. Part memoir and part adventure story, Strayed's chronicle of her 1100-mile hike describes her suffering through blisters and bruises, threats from rattlesnakes, extreme thirst, bears, a predatory hunter, and intense loneliness, all while carrying her huge pack nicknamed "Monster". Strayed (Torch) writes with startling and heartbreaking clarity as she relates her mother's sad death at 45 as well as the physical and psychological transformation she underwent while on the trail. Bernadette Dunne's versatile narration can make even the male characters sound realistic.

Verdict: This audiobook will appeal to memoir fans and to those interested in physical challenges as an antidote to emotional pain.

- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, 2012 (United States)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2012 (United States)
  • Pacific Northwest Bookseller Awards, 2013 (United States)

Book description

A Best Nonfiction Book of 2012: The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly

A 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.

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