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Wild by Cheryl Strayed
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Feb 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: feminism, memoirs-biographies
Read in February, 2012

After losing her mother to lung cancer, Cheryl Strayed is flailing. FLAILING. She describes having a "mother-size" hole in her heart. Reeling with grief she decides to hike the Pacific Coast Trail. Alone. Her backpack (Monster) is so heavy that she just barely manages it. Her shoes are too small, her hips are rubbed raw from the pack, and she wakes up one morning covered in frogs. And yet. This book is not just about her adventures. It is also part meditation on the nature of grief. As Cheryl hikes alone on the PCT, she uses the solitude to sort through her feelings and forgive herself for past actions. And in the end it is her *mother's love that gets her through it all. This is a beautiful story and a great read. I did not want it to end.

* ..."She'd come at us with maximum maternal velocity."

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Sue I am an avid mountain bike who likes to go the distance when I ride the trails. I have to give this author credit where credit is do. This book is about survival, and working through grief. Alot of us should go on those kinds of trips People run marathons, survive eco-challenges, bike-athons, ironman's all the time. I would rather not critic this book, and put it in a bad light the way I saw some other comments on having just ripped it to shreds which is really mean and nasty. I hate that snobby kind of attitude!

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