Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Read It: Wild by Cheryl Strayed


A few weeks back, my friend Daphne turned my attention to the New York Times' review of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. It sounded like a good read, so I downloaded it onto my Kindle for future reading. I started reading this book on Wednesday and finished it on Monday despite a very busy schedule in between: It was just one of those books you can't put down (it's also one of those books you are sad to have finished once it's over because there's nothing left to enjoy).

Cheryl Strayed's memoir tells the tail of her more than 1,000-mile hike along the Pacific Coast Trail, and the shortest summary I can give is that it isn't an easy journey. I read somewhere that this was a "likable version of Eat, Pray, Love," and while I might somewhat agree with that statement, it doesn't seem fair to lump it together with a book that many people would never consider reading -- this book is one I imagine anyone could enjoy, not just young women. Strayed's prose style is instantly likable and an draws you right in. I regret not having bought a hard copy of the book so that I could lend it to all my friends. If you have a chance, get your hands on this book this summer.

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