Cheryl Strayed’s brilliant, moving memoir describes an unexpected new direction in her life, her passion for wildness, and the comfort that only living a life truly meant to be lived can bring. This book changed my world. A New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award finalist, Wild is one of the most beloved books of the century, an instant classic that captures the raw power of grief, the resilience of the human spirit and the exhilaration of wilderness.
From the moment Cheryl Strayed says goodbye, she’s on the trek. She walks alone for more than a thousand miles along the Pacific Crest Trail with nothing more to lose and her whole future. On a solo journey of almost unimaginable hardship and darkness, Strayed is forced to sort out the reality from her own carefully constructed dreams while facing disgrace, danger and despair.
Along this journey there are brutal moments of anger and struggle but also breathtaking beauty as she confronts wild beasts, bears, and some of nature’s most magnificent creatures. She meets people who make it clear that life always thwarts even the most determined soul. At times she seems to be heading nowhere fast; at others she still manages to surprise herself and everyone around her with what happens next. Ultimately, through sheer will, determination and perseverance, the explorer becomes part mountain lion, part high-altitude wolf and above all else -human again.
About Wild: From Lost to Found Book
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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. 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.