From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Strayed, Cheryl

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307592736
Characteristics: 315 p. : map ; 25 cm


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Comment by: gribbles Sep 27, 2013

Very emotional read, hard to put down.

List - Armchair Travel by: RCPL_Adult_Librarians Jun 08, 2013

A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

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Mar 25, 2015
  • uncommonreader rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I suppose that Strayed deserves some credit for making herself vulnerable to the reader, but perhaps it would be better if she had been less self-absorbed. She whines, she does stupid things and she exaggerates (really, after not talking with someone for two weeks, one does not have an epiphany). This memoir is all about her; it is not about the Pacific Crest Trail.

Mar 06, 2015

Lisa B-Day suggestion

Feb 25, 2015
  • tamaxwell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good read especially if you have been to the Pacific Coast Trail.

Jan 18, 2015
  • Perspots rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After reading this book I feel like I can say "I walked the PCT, too!" The author grows on you with each step she takes until you have fallen in love with her and her story by trails end.

Jan 15, 2015
  • kjacobi rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

End was good. Disliked her at the beginning.

Jan 10, 2015
  • nettie70 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Inspiring true story.

Dec 16, 2014
  • KindianaJones rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My husband is always lovingly suspicious when a new work of "lost woman lit" comes out, especially in travelogue form. I devour them all and for the most part love them all. Wild ranks up there with Eat, Pray, Love and Under the Tuscan Sun in my books. Beautifully done.

Dec 14, 2014

Just saw the movie. Found it absorbing and powerful as verification that we often get what we put into life. Cheryl Strayed was perhaps a more likeable person in the movie, from what the reviews have suggested of the book, and from my wife's comments...she read the book first. A word of caution. It seems, from my wife anyway, who read the book first, that the movie, like most movies of books, doesn't quite do some elements of the book justice...for example the scenery. But, I am now searching for the book to read it tut suite. Amazing what seeing a movie of a book will do for ones interest in the book, especially if it is a story of power and inspiration such as this.

Dec 08, 2014
  • suethomas rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

She sort of reminded me of Survivor man, all she did was whine and complain the whole trip. Not a great book.......

Dec 08, 2014

I agree that the author was not a likeable person (at least at the beginning of the story), but that doesn't detract from the story for me. I was excited to see a sign in the Cascades mountains pointing to the Pacific Crest trail and recently saw the bridge she ended her journey at in Portland. Looking forward to the movie.

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May 25, 2014
  • mccracch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I walked until walking became unbearable, until I believed I couldn't walk even one more step. And then I ran.

Jul 09, 2013
  • sydneysmom19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward, I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something. That perhaps being amidst the undesecrated beauty of the wilderness meant I too could be undesecrated, regardless of what I’d lost or what had been taken from me, regardless of the regrettable things I’d done to others or myself or the regrettable things that had been done to me. Of all the things I’d been skeptical about, I didn’t feel skeptical about this: the wilderness had a clarity that included me.

May 31, 2013
  • acer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't know how living outdoors and sleeping on the ground in a tent each night and walking alone through the wilderness all day almost every day had come to feel like my normal life, but it had...and something inside of me released.

Apr 03, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.


Oct 24, 2012
  • Kimbolizzie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It had only to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles for no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental.

Jul 31, 2012
  • wsbooklover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I felt fierce and humble and gathered up inside, like I was safe in this world.


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