Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl StrayedAn alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
The new Reese Witherspoon movie Wild faced a major challenge as it headed to the big screen. Warning: spoilers follow for Wild, both the book and the movie. In the film, Cheryl calls her newly ex-husband Paul before she sets off on her journey, probably so that audience members will become familiar with Paul who appears in many flashbacks throughout the movie early on. In reality, Cheryl resisted the urge to call her ex the night before she began her hike. Paul disapproved from the habit and helped Cheryl quit, but she used again shortly before the hike. She feared that if she called Paul he would somehow divine that she had done drugs just days before. In the film, Cheryl has only one sibling, her younger brother Leif.
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I n the summer of , year-old Cheryl Strayed, carrying a backpack nearly half her weight, embarked on a solo 1,mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. Seventeen years later, Strayed published her memoir Wild , which details her experience of hiking alone for two months, and the poignant life events — the death of her mother and subsequent divorce from her husband of six years — that propelled her journey.
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Sign in. A chronicle of one woman's one thousand one hundred mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy., The book reached No. The film adaptation was released in December
Photo by Anne Marie Fox. Strayed's story chronicles her experience of confronting a destructive path her life had taken by embarking on a solo trek covering 1, miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada. The Wilderness Society worked with Fox Searchlight to share in this message. The story is a reminder of something we say often--that wild places are important for the way they connect us, not only to each other, but to ourselves. They are places for tranquility and soul searching. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision to hike the trail with absolutely no experience.
The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 29, , and was released theatrically on December 3, , in North America. Wild opened to positive critical reviews, with much praise going toward the performances of Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. During the hike, Strayed reflects in flashbacks on her childhood in Minnesota and memories of her mother, Bobbi Grey Laura Dern. Bobbi's death from cancer sent Cheryl into a deep depression that she tried to numb with heroin and anonymous sex , which eventually destroyed her marriage to her husband Paul Thomas Sadoski. After finding out she was pregnant, Strayed got an abortion and resolved to hike the trail to redeem herself. Strayed begins her trek in the Mojave Desert in Southern California with her backpack. On the first night, she discovers she has brought the wrong type of gas for her stove and is therefore unable to cook food.