by Cheryl Strayed

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Wild is a memoir of a young woman who hiked alone for 1,100 miles of wilderness for months, extremely ill-prepared, all the while looking to find herself and heal from the death of her mother. All I could say after finishing the audio version was WOW. I was moved by the author’s personal insights, appalled by her sometimes reckless behavior that led her to begin the trek, and I was joyous when her life-changing journey ended.  Since finishing the audiobook, I learned that this book was selected as the first book for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. I highly recommend this book for armchair-hikers (like myself), for the seasoned backpackers, the curious or anyone wanting to be inspired.


This sounds similar to A Walk in the Woods:
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
by Bill Bryson. He hiked alone or with his goofy friend; they were extremely ill-prepared, but didn't really have much of a higher purpose, as I recall. It was told in a light tone and was quite funny. The library has the book, eBook and audio eBook to choose from.

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