Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review: "Wild"

   Cheryl Strayed

In a previous post (click here to see it), I recommended another book by Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, a collection of advice columns she wrote.  Her vast life experiences made her compassionate, yet oddly outspoken.

Wild is the chronicle of some of her experiences.  After losing her mother as a young adult, Strayed descended into a life of heroin use and promiscuity.  On a whim and with minimal experience, she decided to solo hike a portion of the Pacific Coast Trail.  In the solitude and beauty of nature, will she find what she is searching for?

Even though I'm not "into" nature, after reading Wild, I almost wanted to go hiking.  I say almost because the reality of life is that it's definitely not going to happen!  The book did give me a appreciation for and understanding of why some people feel at peace in the outdoors.  Additionally, Wild is a compelling story that will keep you hooked!

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