Wild – Cheryl Strayed

Aug 07

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

I did not think that I would enjoy this memoir by Cheryl Strayed. It was suggested to me by a friend (thanks, Alicia) that I usually trust when it comes to book selection. Could I, Supreme Hater of Nature and All Things Hiking and Camping Related, really enjoy a book about one woman’s 1000+ mile journey through the great outdoors? Apparently, the answer to that question is a resounding, “Yes!” Followed by, “Always have faith in Alicia’s book selections!”

Ms. Strayed has some pretty horrible things befall her in her young life. Her coping mechanisms border on self-hatred and embrace all out destruction. What is truly refreshing here is her blatant honesty when she discusses her poor life choices; she does not point fingers, she just describes her emotions and paints an extremely honest picture of her life in her early 20s. Ms. Strayed expertly weaves these painful vignettes through the telling of her hike through the Pacific Crest Trail. (I bet all hikers now detest her, as that is going to be one bumping place after the success of this book and the movie, starring Reese Witherspoon, comes out this winter.)

Her bravery knows no bounds. I cheered her on as a woman hiking that at-times treacherous trail solo. The physically brutal undertaking proves to be cathartic for Ms. Strayed on myriad levels. She is above all else a writer and a voracious reader, with excellent taste in books and a great system for not carrying too many at a time. She loses herself in her books, when things get a little too unbearable outside.

Cheryl Strayed’s personal life is wild, as is her adventure through the western United States. Go along on her journey, from the safety of your creature-free couch with a cup of warm tea on hand.


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