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Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
2012
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Genre
NonFiction
Adventure
Nature
Topics
Hiking
Women
Travel
Troubled marriages
Death of a parent
Family relationships
Personal narratives
Setting
California - West (U.S.)
Oregon - West (U.S.)
- Pacific Northwest (U.S.)
Washington - West (U.S.)
- Pacific Northwest (U.S.)
Time Period
1995 -- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

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. ["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," read the review of the Knopf hc, LJ 2/15/12.-Ed.]-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

In the summer of 1995, at age 26 and feeling at the end of her rope emotionally, Strayed resolved to hike solo the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,663-mile wilderness route stretching from the Mexican border to the Canadian and traversing nine mountain ranges and three states. In this detailed, in-the-moment re-enactment, she delineates the travails and triumphs of those three grueling months. Living in Minneapolis, on the verge of divorcing her husband, Strayed was still reeling from the sudden death four years before of her mother from cancer; the ensuing years formed an erratic, confused time "like a crackling Fourth of July sparkler." Hiking the trail helped decide what direction her life would take, even though she had never seriously hiked or carried a pack before. Starting from Mojave, Calif., hauling a pack she called the Monster because it was so huge and heavy, she had to perform a dead lift to stand, and then could barely make a mile an hour. Eventually she began to experience "a kind of strange, abstract, retrospective fun," meeting the few other hikers along the way, all male; jettisoning some of the weight from her pack and burning books she had read; and encountering all manner of creature and acts of nature from rock slides to snow. Her account forms a charming, intrepid trial by fire, as she emerges from the ordeal bruised but not beaten, changed, a lone survivor. Agent: Janet Silver, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.<br> <br> 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.<br> nbsp;<br> 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.<br> nbsp;<br> 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.
Table of Contents
Author's Notep. ix
Mapp. xi
Prologuep. 3
Part 1The Ten Thousand Things
1The Ten Thousand Thingsp. 9
2Splittingp. 28
3Hunching in a Remotely Upright Positionp. 38
Part 2Tracks
4The Pacific Crest Trail, Volume 1: Californiap. 47
5Tracksp. 61
6A Bull in Both Directionsp. 76
7The Only Girl in the Woodsp. 102
Part 3Range of Light
8Corvidologyp. 119
9Staying Foundp. 136
10Range of Lightp. 146
Part 4Wild
11The Lou Out of Loup. 177
12This Farp. 190
13The Accumulation of Treesp. 206
14Wildp. 222
Part 5Box of Rain
15Box of Rainp. 237
16Mazamap. 262
17Into a Primal Gearp. 274
18Queen of the PCTp. 289
19The Dream of a Common Languagep. 300
Acknowledgmentsp. 313
Books Burned on the PCTp. 317
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