Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail really does describe both the spiritual and geographic journey author Cheryl Strayed takes to discover herself and achieve the goal of hiking more than 1,000 miles.
After losing her mother to cancer, making some very bad choices about her life and getting involved with drugs, Ms. Strayed impulsively decides to set off on a hike generally taken by the most experienced backpackers. Thinking that the trip will give some clarity to a life out of focus, she hopes to find salvation in nature.
A novice hiker barely able to lift her pack and oblivious to the upcoming dangers of the trail, including unseasonable snow fall, the author sets off from the Mojave Desert on a trek that will take her as far north as Washington. Along the way she documents her blisters and thirst, the books she reads at night and the people she meets along the way.
Critics and readers are divided on whether the author is likeable, but all agree that the book is compelling and colorfully written. This book, chosen by Oprah for a television discussion, is a good choice for individual readers and book clubs.
By the way, Reese Witherspoon will play Cheryl Strayed in the upcoming movie of Wild.