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Wild by Cheryl Strayed
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Jul 07, 12

bookshelves: biography-and-memoir, best-of-2012, readers-advisory-interest-group, adult-books-with-ya-appeal
Recommended to Emily by: Bookslut
Read from June 20 to 27, 2012

Reeling from her mother’s death, a recent divorce, and battles with personal demons, twenty-six-year-old Cheryl Strayed turns to The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to make sense of her past and set the course for her future. Stooped under the weight of a heavily laden backpack named “Monster,” Cheryl sets out on a solo hike that will carry her over 1,000 miles through scorching deserts, alpine glaciers, and ancient forests, on a steady march North toward the Oregon landmark “The Bridge of the Gods.”

Her journey through the wilderness is both literal and metaphorical. With a narrative voice sometimes painfully honest, other times laugh-out-loud funny, Cheryl relates her struggles on the PCT, as well as those of the tumultuous years which led her there. Readers learn of her close relationships, often cut tragically short; her struggles with chemical dependence and sexual addiction; and her general sense of feeling lost in the world. Perhaps not so strangely, it is in the beautiful, terrifying backwoods of the PCT, among the eclectic handful of fellow travelers crisscrossing her path, that Cheryl finds healing and home.

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