From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307592736
Branch Call Number: B St829S 2012
Characteristics: 315 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Strayed received widespread acclaim for her gripping, candid and inspiring memoir about her 1,100 mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Jul 04, 2019

Finally read this book after learning of it in college. What a great read.
Cheryl really manages to pull you into her story, letting you feel the emotions and the encounters that she faced during her trek on the PCT, but still leaves you wanting for adventure.
This book is going to be a good read for anyone who has an adventurers heart or who is looking a novel about self discovery.

Apr 11, 2019

Read this book over a year ago and loved every word of it. As a long-distance hiker myself I ate, drank, and slept with the same hiker turmoil as she describes.
Best part of the book AND the movie: the bitter scream when the boot went over the edge of the ridge, then she threw over the other boot. I feel her pain. I felt/feel the same desertion in my mother's passing in 2008.
I was so relieved the author was able to pull her life together.

Jan 11, 2019

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a book recommended by a celebrity you admire. desperate not to go with another of Oprah's book club picks (yuck!) i chose wild recomended both by emma watson and lori gilmore. It was amazing. i could almost feel cheryl's hardship as i read. it did come to a rather abrupt end in my opinion. after i finished i wept with joy and gratitude that i could share a part of such a moving personal journey. i recomend it to anyone who is struggling. amazing. (does have some strong laungage and adult scenes)

Cheryl has just lost her mother, and has gone through a painful divorce. In a desperate attempt to try to make sense of her life she embarks on a lone hike along 1100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Through this challenging (physically and emotionally) journey she regains her strength and finds her healing. After listening to this audiobook you will be truly inspired. I was inspired by Cheryl. I tried to imagine myself embarking on a similar journey. (Submitted by Ilona).

Sep 11, 2018

I really expected to enjoy this read. However, I was disappointed. Spend your time watching the movie, it was much better done.

Aug 18, 2018

I was annoyed with Cheryl from the very beginning, and that never went away. She's lucky to be alive, she only survived from luck and the kindness of strangers. She made a bunch of bad decisions and I don't get why she's so revered.

Feb 25, 2018

I would read it a second and a third time. Her writing is poetry.

Aug 19, 2017

What to say? What to say? I find myself in a bit of a connundrum. on the positive side, I think Cheryl Strayed is a fantastic writer; her adjectives alone make me grin with glee (who outside of a hematology lab even knows what "crenulated" even means?) On the other hand, I found her story simply too convenient, too perfectly "Hollywood", too unbelievable. Do I think she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail? Absolutely! Do I think it happened exactly as is written? Not a chance. As a work of fiction, I would have given this book four stars but as a memoir I am reluctant to give it higher than three.

After her mother's death, Cheryl Strayed, lost her way. Cheating on her husband and doing drugs weren't filling the hole her mother's death caused. On an impulse she decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in the hopes that along the way she could find herself again. While the book has it's moments, this isn't as lighthearted as Bill Bryson's <i>Walk in the Woods</i>. She pushes herself to extremes and doesn't always make the wisest choices. Still it was an interesting trip.

Jun 18, 2017

Lovely book.

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Jul 22, 2015

Perhaps by now I'd come far enough that I had the guts to be afraid.

Jul 01, 2015

"My boot was gone. Actually gone. I clutched its mate to my chest like a baby, though of course it was futile. What is one boot without the other boot? It is nothing. It is useless, an orphan forevermore, and I could take no mercy on it... I lifted it high and threw it with all my might and watched it fall into the lush trees and out of my life."

May 25, 2014

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

Jul 09, 2013

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

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.

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Jul 31, 2012

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


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Jan 09, 2017

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Jul 01, 2015

This memoir by Cheryl Strayed tells of her decision to hike a large portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone, following the death of her mother. The book details the events surrounding her decision to hike the trail, and the resulting struggles and triumphs of her journey.


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