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Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
2012
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Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.
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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: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State--and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise." But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.
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Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
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Echoing the ever-popular search for wilderness salvation by Chris McCandless (Back to the Wild, 2011) and every other modern-day disciple of Thoreau, Strayed tells the story of her emotional devastation after the death of her mother and the weeks she spent hiking the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail. As her family, marriage, and sanity go to pieces, Strayed drifts into spontaneous encounters with other men, to the consternation of her confused husband, and eventually hits rock bottom while shooting up heroin with a new boyfriend. Convinced that nothing else can save her, she latches onto the unlikely idea of a long solo hike. Woefully unprepared (she fails to read about the trail, buy boots that fit, or pack practically), she relies on the kindness and assistance of those she meets along the way, much as McCandless did. Clinging to the books she lugs along Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Adrienne Rich Strayed labors along the demanding trail, documenting her bruises, blisters, and greater troubles. Hiker wannabes will likely be inspired. Experienced backpackers will roll their eyes. But this chronicle, perfect for book clubs, is certain to spark lively conversation.--Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Author's Notep. ix
Mapp. xi
Prologuep. 3
Part 1The Ten Thousand Things
1The Ten Thousand Thingsp. 9
2Splittingp. 28
3Hunching in a Remotely Upright Positionp. 38
Part 2Tracks
4The Pacific Crest Trail, Volume 1: Californiap. 47
5Tracksp. 61
6A Bull in Both Directionsp. 76
7The Only Girl in the Woodsp. 102
Part 3Range of Light
8Corvidologyp. 119
9Staying Foundp. 136
10Range of Lightp. 146
Part 4Wild
11The Lou Out of Loup. 177
12This Farp. 190
13The Accumulation of Treesp. 206
14Wildp. 222
Part 5Box of Rain
15Box of Rainp. 237
16Mazamap. 262
17Into a Primal Gearp. 274
18Queen of the PCTp. 289
19The Dream of a Common Languagep. 300
Acknowledgmentsp. 313
Books Burned on the PCTp. 317
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