Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: Wild By; Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the memoir of a woman who found her life hiking the Pacific Coast Trail. Cheryl Strayed (a last name she chose) at twenty two, is lost, empty. Her mother having died five years earlier, a biological father that was abusive, a lack of connection between her siblings, a drug habit, and a recent divorce - she is spent, emotionally, physically, mentally and yet she is detached from it all. A piece of her has died along the way, it was left in the hospital room with her mother, and has not resurfaced or healed.
This is her journey. Honest. Painful. Filled with amazing vivid imagery and great insight as each step brings her closer to enlightment, healing and the rawness that comes through isolation and nature to gather you to your core being.
I devoured this book in one sitting, often fooling myself in the back of mind of the possibility of doing it myself. Ms. Strayed's pain is real and easily accessible to the reader as is her journey through to the other side.

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