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Wild by Cheryl Strayed
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Jan 21, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

"Wild" is the book every young woman will covet and wear like suit of armor. Stripped bare from her mother's sudden death and orphaned from her family, the estranged Strayed embarks on a heroine's journey alone. Very fucking alone. And, like most young women, she's ill prepared and under experienced for the trip ahead. She's also defiant, bold. lovable and sad. "Wild" follows our heroine into treacherous terrain where she not only covers over 1,100 (often miserable) miles but encounters some unsavory characters and iffy circumstances. She's often penniless and shelterless and horribly injured. She's also tenacious and witty and insanely fortunate. Strayed's inward journey is the beating pulse in "Wild" but it also bubbles with other surprises. One surprise was the heroine's untainted innocence as she heals her sad fury. She could've become hardened and callous. She could've shut down entirely, but during her battle, she discovered the courage it takes to be afraid. The girl unprepared for battle traveled through her grief to a "Wild" place that made her a warrior. I'm going to interview Cheryl Strayed for ZYZZYVA in February about the heroine's journey and more. Stay tuned.
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