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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Updated on September 7, 2014

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

I'm about one-third the way through the memoir Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and I love it!

I've been hearing about this 2012 memoir for months, but I never looked into it until about a week ago. I've been on a memoir kick (this is my third in a row in the past few weeks). It is the best, by far (no offense Sissy Spacek and Sara Mansfield Taber).

If you love to live vicariously through others (like me) and are a tad nosy (or a lot nosy, like me), you'll love walking the Pacific Crest Trail with Cheryl Strayed.

Photo of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) courtesy of Amazon. Click the link to check out this book on Amazon.

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed | Source

Cheryl Strayed Chose Her Name

When Cheryl and her ex-husband divorced,

she changed her last name to Strayed.

The New York Times wrote, "She changed

her name from Nyland in 1995,

according to her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf."

Before Embarking on Her Journey

from Mojave, California to Bridge of the Gods,

on the Oregon/Washington border, Cheryl Strayed

had never backpacked a day (or night) in her life.

Camping Gear Like What Cheryl Strayed - Used to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

Here are some of the essentials for camping that Cheryl Strayed learned about by reading guides to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Since she had never hiked in her life, she really had no idea what she was getting herself in for. Her pack weighed so much she couldn't lift it at first.

Books by Cheryl Strayed

More books by Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild:

  • In 2006 Strayed's novel Torch was published.
  • Her columns written as "Dear Sugar" were compiled in a book called Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar and published in 2012.

The Book Wild Into a Movie

According to the Guardian, Nick Hornby wrote the

screenplay for the movie Wild.

Reese Witherspoon will star as

Cheryl Strayed in the movie of Wild

due for release in December 2014.

I can't wait to see it!

More Survival Books

Books Mentioned in Book Reviews of Wild

Eat, Pray, Love and Into Thin Air are both mentioned in reviews of Wild. These two books also deal with people who went off on adventures to get away and confront problems they were having or to "find themselves."

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Have You Read Wild? If Not, Will You Now?

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    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Fabulous fabulous book! Nice pick Peggy! Cheryl Strayed tells quite the tale. I like that she doesn't sugar coat her own actions.

    • kislanyk profile image


      7 years ago from Cyprus

      Sounds like a great read, I'll put it on my wishlist to read during the summer.

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm 3/4 of the way through today alone on your recommendation. She's way prettier in the picture you have here than I imagined. Amazing story. Highly recommend this book.

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      June Nash 

      7 years ago

      Not yet. I like your review and think I might add this to my read list.

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      Vicki Green 

      7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Yes, I recently finished reading Wild. One of the best books I've read in a long time (and I read a lot of books). I've done some backpacking and I can't imagine setting off like she did alone and inexperienced - an amazing story from that aspect alone and then all of the personal issues she was dealing with, too.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      I have read Cheryl Strayed's Wild. Like you, I've been on a memoir kick. Love these kinds of books about personal awakenings that occur while immersed in the natural world. Quite a journey.

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      7 years ago

      I'm sure I would enjoy the book because I sure did enjoy your lens.

      Hiking is a wonderful way to see and be in the country. :)

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      7 years ago

      As a hiker this sounds like the type of book I would enjoy. I had not heard of it but will read it now.

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @bossypants: I'd recommend this book to anyone. It is so well written, and we can all relate to it in some ways, I think

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      7 years ago

      Sounds like an interesting book. I've never hiked and can't imagine doing it, but it might be easy to identify with Cheryl, who hadn't hiked before, either! Enjoyed the quizzes (even if I did guess wrong!).


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