Wild cover image Wild

Cheryl Strayed
Sports Adventure
Knopf; First Edition first Printing edition (March 20, 2012)
Hardcover - 336 pages

What could possibly inspire a young northern Minnesota woman to don a backpack so heavy she can barely lift it and set out on a 1,100-mile trek through the California/Oregon wilderness alone? She could only struggle forward "Hunching in a Remotely Upright Position," in brand new boots a size too small, and with no previous backpacking experience. You have to read this book to find out. Wild is a compelling personal story told honestly with a fierceness and clarity that at times leaves you feeling like you've been gut-punched and at other times laughing out loud. Strayed's insights and her revealing and precise narrative of her breakdown and how her journey into the wilderness ultimately led to her healing is a very satisfying read.