From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
By Cheryl Strayed
(Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780307592736, 315pp.)
Publication Date: March 20, 2012
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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.
The Pacific Crest Trail winds its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington state. Cheryl Strayed decided to take on 1,100 miles of the trail alone on an impulse, after a series of life-changing events. Strayed tells host Rachel Martin about her memoir, Wild, and how this untamed piece of nature broke her down and built her back up. More at NPR.org
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