Required Reading: Wild

Eat, pray, hike

Mar 9, 2012
Outside
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Wild book

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Knopf, $26)    Photo: Courtesy of Knopf

Cheryl Strayed

Author Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Knopf, $26) is getting a 100,000-copy print run, which means somebody thinks this finding-myself-in-the-woods memoir can sell. Strayed writes with a strong voice, and her account of her mother’s death, impetus for the hike she embarks on, is brutally effective. On the down side, the main subject is still backpacking, and there’s only so much that personal flashbacks and free-spirited fellow hikers can do to liven up all those hours on the march.

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