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.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed [Audiobook, Unabridged] Hot
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed [Audiobook, Unabridged] 2012-06-18 03:10:11 Diane Holcomb
In the aftermath of her beloved mother’s death and the scattering of her siblings, unable to hold her marriage together and wandering aimlessly through life, Cheryl Strayed decided to lace herself into a pair of rugged leather hiking boots and trudge from the Mojave Desert to Washington State. Her wanting for life to be different “was a wilderness, and I had to find my own way out of the woods.” It took her eleven hundred miles of heat and cold and rattlesnakes and bears and blisters and scabs and exhaustion and pain to shed the ghosts that haunted her and the agony that squeezed her heart, losing her fear, anger and boots in the process. An Oprah Book Club pick and national best seller, Wild is a beautifully crafted, funny and heartbreaking memoir to be relished by anyone who has dreamed of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail but prefers doing it from the comfort of their armchair, by anyone who has imagined charging into the wilderness alone for months on end in order to heal whatever bleeds inside.