I recently read the memoir, Wild by Cheryl Strayed and was struck by the sheer honesty of this courageous memoir. The young author’s life starts to unravel after the death of her mom from cancer. Her sense of self and family becomes unglued and finally when she has hit rock-bottom she decides that a solo hike on the desolate Pacific Crest Trail will give her the antidote she needs to start living the life she is searching for. The PCT, as it is affectionately known, is not for the faint of heart and Strayed writes beautifully about nature and the sheer wildness of the vistas she hopes to climb. She intersperses her travelogue with her stories and insight as to how she has gotten to this point in her life in the first place. While this books ran the gamut of my emotions, from laugh out loud silly to anger at her stupidity, Wild also contains one of the most heartbreaking scenes I have ever read. Oprah has picked a strong contender to revive her book club. I heartily recommend reading it!
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