On My Bookshelf: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild I’ve been looking for a book club for several years since I left a pretty awesome one in Los Angeles.  Finally a few people recommended that I use meetup.com to find one.  Well I went on and signed up for a few different groups.

The first one was reading the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  This was a book that I’d heard about and was on my “let’s read eventually” list so I decided to pick it up and give it a whirl.

This woman is absolutely insane.  First of all, I guess I wonder about how accurate her timeline actually is.  I think that for the most part, what she wrote about, did actually happen but I’m not convinced that it was in as short of a time period as she states.

Here is the goodreads.com synopsis:
“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.”

Again, I think this woman is absolutely insane and it’s a miracle that she didn’t die with how unprepared she was.  Strayed does a wonderful job of describing the ultimate beauty and tranquility she experienced and I definitely want to walk the Oregon parts of the trail but after much training and making sure I have all the necessary equipment.

For the book meetup, we met at a local brewery/public meet house and it was a lot of fun.  I convinced a friend of mine to come with me so I didn’t have to go alone and we met with about eight other like-minded readers.  All in all, a good time was had and I will definitely be going to more meetings!

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  1. I just read this too! It made me really mad at the beginning about how unprepared she was. Didn’t know how to use a compass but was out backpacking?! I complained about it constantly. But I did really enjoy it and now I want to hike part of the trail. It will be interesting to see what the movie is like.

    • I couldn’t believe it! I totally was shocked that nothing worse happened to her. . . I am excited because I do love Reese Witherspoon, we shall see!

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