Patron Book Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

By Haywood County Library | Jul 23, 2013

Reviewed by library patron Kim Harrison

When writer Cheryl Strayed loses her mother to cancer, she sets out to solo-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. This memoir is sometimes funny, often poignant, and gripping all of the way through.

With no experience in backpacking, Strayed undertakes one of the country's most challenging trails to come to terms with her grief, kick a drug habit, and attempt to find direction in her life.

I highly recommend this book, especially as a summer read. It serves as a nice complement/contrast to Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods about the Appalachian Trail. If you like Wild, I also recommend Strayed's compilation of advice columns called Dear Sugar.