Wild (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition) by Cheryl Strayed

Wild (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition)

By Cheryl Strayed

  • Release Date: 2012-03-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER

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. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection: This special eBook edition of Cheryl Strayed’s national best seller, Wild, features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. 

One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Boston GlobeEntertainment Weekly, Vogue, St. Louis Dispatch 

Reviews

  • I enjoyed the book!

    4
    By NatChick66
    I know that she only wants to express how she grew and how she became the person she already had inside her but that hardest stretch of trail through the desert and the Sierras snow pack brought out the fight and grit she had in her. This book was not meant to glamorize the PCT or make it seem like a day stroll. She went through genuine hardships. Yes she had Strayed into drugs before the trail and she had to get some knocks and bruises on the trail but this story shows how she Got to the Oregon bridge crossing “Bridge of the Gods” and something had grown in her. A former weakness of sorts had turned to power. I’m sure we all have this in us. That grit. She has a way of baring her very soul in this captivating story of love, loss, and her ability to recover from her endless pain and grief. This story in particular has made me want to prove that I have a little more grit than my family realizes!!!
  • Entertaining Journey

    4
    By archetype67
    Strayed's book is both a physical and spiritual journey. Her writing is easy, her flashbacks to the life that brought her to hiking the Pacific Coast Trail (with no prior experience) well timed, logically placed, and told with a balance between detachment and emotion that keeps the reader focused on the process she undergoes to figure out who she is rather than dwelling on that past. Strayed writes well about the people she meets, the obstacles she faces, and the life she been living that threatened to overwhelm her. Her descriptions are excellent and she captures the uniqueness of those who populated her world - both past and on the trail. The one flaw of the book was that some of the metaphors of her journey were overdone or obvious. Despite this, I found I admired her for taking such a step to reorient herself in life.
  • Wild

    4
    By Amlav
    Good not excellent- completely as you would expect the story to unfold
  • End of chapters end mid sentence

    2
    By clsfire
    Well written book. While no fault of the author, after reading 5 chapters 3 have ended mid sentence. What's up Apple? If this continues I want a refund.
  • Great book - did not want it to end

    5
    By steelcitychick
    This story, of tragedy, journey, adventure, and development of the spirit and soul, was beautifully written. There is an honesty in the voice of the author, as well as a beautifully descriptive writing style. Enjoyed the Oprah's book club edition as well.
  • Pass this one up

    2
    By Acertrhd
    Sometimes I dislike a character but can still enjoy a story about them but not this time. I especially didn't like it when she wrote about wanting to have sex with the nurse attending to her mom at her death bed. I give her points for honesty but there's no remarkable story here.
  • Don't recommend this book to your hiker buddies

    2
    By WINSKIO
    I have been repeatedly recommended this book by friends because they know I do a lot of long-term hiking. I did read it, but people should know that the book is not really about the hiking. It is mostly a "finding-herself" story, which a lot of hiker types will find frustrating. Also, I found the story was less compelling because she didn't even finish the PCT, plus she didn't really seem to know what she was doing. There are plenty of better books for hikers, written by folks who actually finished the trail. They may not be endorsed by Oprah, but they are certainly a better recommendation for your "outdoorsy" friends.
  • Wild

    4
    By Tmhgmh
    I loved it! often times I either wished I was there with her or I felt like I was actually there in my tent. I connected and was afraid for her with the strange encounters of men but was was also happy that most turned out to be real friends.
  • Life changing!

    5
    By munchella
    What wonderful courage and determination Cheryl had on her journey - and she made it all so real that we could experience it along with her! I felt changed and able to see my own world in a new way when I finished her book. One of the best books I've read in a very long time!
  • the Journey of a Lifetime

    5
    By InhabitYourDreams
    Every step, every loss, every decision, every joy felt as if it were my own. Like so much in our human story, Cheryl's journey was both metaphor and extremely, literally, and sometimes painfully real. I dreamed of the PCT after reading Wild late at night, not wanting to part company and leave her alone by herself in the wilderness (although she often chose that aloneness, I did not) and woke up with sore feet. When I write my memoir, I aspire to the immediacy, vividness, and unpretentious truth that Cheryl conveys and evokes in this amazing, inspiring journey of self-knowing and truth telling. Thanks, Cheryl for allowing me to accompany you through every step, every loss, every decision, every joy. I look forward to meeting you at the San Miguel Writers' Conference in February 2013! - Aysha Griffin

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