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faintingviolet’s #CBR4 review #41: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Strayed takes the reader with her, Monster (her overloaded pack), and a lucky feather along the Pacific Coast Trail uncovering bits of what it means to be human along the way. Prepare to inspect your soul when you pick this one up, and you most certainly should. Be warned, Wild is not some overly feel-good uplifting memoir meant to make you feel good about yourself and the rest of humanity. This is about the breaking down of the physical-self in order to put the emotional-self back together. For my full review.

Sophia’s #CBR4 Review #23: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

“The thing about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the thing that was so profound to me that summer–and yet also, like most things, so very simple–was how few choices I had and how often I had to do the thing I least wanted to do. How there was no escape or denial. No numbing it down with a martini or covering it up with a roll in the hay. As I clung to the chaparral that day…, I considered my options. There were only two and they were essentially the same. I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go…And so I walked on.”

I started reading Wild (2012) by Cheryl Strayed exactly when I most needed it. I’d been in the fire academy for about two months. I was completely exhausted and burned out. My mind was buzzing from stress, and I hadn’t read anything that was not fire related since before the academy started. But then there came one blessed three-day weekend where I didn’t have quite as much fire reading as usual. So I took advantage of my unusual free time and spent most of the day in bed reading Wild.

Read the rest of my review here.

Alli’s #CBR4 Review #36: Wild by Cheryl Strayed


I loved this book so much I want to give it a big hug. I was expecting to enjoy it, as I love stories about adventures in the wilderness such as “Into the Wild”“Into Thin Air”“In the Path of an Avalanche”  and now after reading this one, I will be sure to seek out more of these types of tales as they speak to a big part of me that really loves the outdoors.
“Wild” is the tale of Cheryl Strayed who decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail  a long distance hiking trail that goes all the way from Mexico to Canada. Strayed hikes only a portion of this trail, bur still covers an impressive amount of miles for an inexperienced hiker.

Sara Habein’s #CBR4 Review #9: WILD by Cheryl Strayed

You should read it. There has been and likely will be a lot of hype surrounding this book. Reese Witherspoon has already optioned it for film. The more contrary among you might want to resist the hype and not seek out Wild. Resist your contrary nature, just this once. The hype is well-deserved. Cheryl Strayed has written an outstanding book, one that is now easily counted among my favorites. Get thee to a bookstore or your library and soak it in. And then tell others to do the same.

My full review can be found on Glorified Love Letters.

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