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They are not impossible and far away and only written about in memoirs where people do incredible things. The things that happened to Cheryl felt like things that have happened and will happened to me. Your water will sometimes be filthy and you will be able to fix it; your water has been filthy and you will be able to fix it; your water will sometimes be nonexistent and even then you will survive; your water has sometimes been nonexistent and even then you have survived.

And her chant, her present-tense chant on the trail I am not afraid, I am not afraid is the kind of chant any one of us might have, doing any one of the hundreds of things we must do to live our lives. That is what this book is about, to me. I want to give it to people. View all 29 comments. Jul 09, Rachel rated it really liked it. So far, a great read. It's Eat, Pray, Love without all the whining.

View all 24 comments. In some reviews, Strayed has been criticized for a number of things. Unpreparedness for the Pacific Crest Trail, risky decisions and miscalculations, as well as reckless living - poor choices in coping with a broken life. Her real father was unstable, abusive and essentially absent. Her mother was quirky. She couldn't provide the basic material comforts of the middle class. On the other hand, her unconventional behaviors are exactly what gave Cheryl her independent, survivor spirit.

Her mother d In some reviews, Strayed has been criticized for a number of things. Her mother died in her mid-forties and the threads of what little family Cheryl had disintegrated. Married to a perfectly good man, but wed very young, in her grief, she eventually resorted to heroine abuse and promiscuity. I think those readers are missing the point. This is not a how-to book. Although there are some brief informative sections about the history and development of the PCT, as well as fleeting references to equipment. It is not a back to nature book. She writes picturesque but unsentimental descriptions.

It is not a self-help book. She's not espousing any means to self discovery. It is a eloquent story of how one rather mixed up young woman used this journey. Alone, she is able to dig deep into her past and her fears. There comes a point in everyone's life when we have to forgive our own mistakes and accept how they define us. The struggles along the trail gave her the strength and clarity to face who she really is and what she is capable of.

It resonated with me. After having taken a road trip in the mid 70's, from Minneapolis, to Whitehorse Yukon Territories, back through Edmonton, across the Rockies to Vancouver and down Route 1 to San Diego before going home. The experiences most definitely frame who I am. View all 20 comments. When I saw that it was based on a true story I immediately logged onto Amazon and ordered the book. I am so glad I did as this is a wonderful book. Of course there are different things in the book than in the movie, but that just made it better, it was liked I was learning more about Cheryl's life.

I have always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail when I would see the signs to it not far from where I live. But I got sick and that never happened. If you get a thought to try something, don't wait, DO IT, because you never know what is going to happen. I never even knew anything about the PCT. I want to get books on it and read about it. I want to see in a book the actual places that Cheryl was in the book. I want to recognize some of the places. I can't state enough how much I loved the book. It was so moving and hard. I can't imagine the things she went through, what anyone that hikes like that goes through.

I love hiking but this is beyond hiking in my opinion. Cheryl found out a lot of things about herself while on the trail. She met a lot of nice people along the way as well. Sometimes a person's life is so sad and seems so horrible and then something wonderful comes along.

Cheryl eventually found that in her life and I'm happy for her. I recommend this book to anyone that loves hiking, to anyone that loves stories about finding yourself, to anyone that loves stories about the hardships of life. And Cheryl made it. Melissa Martin's Reading List View all 33 comments. As a backpacker myself, I cringed to read about hoisting a backpack so heavy that she could only strap it on while sitting on the ground.

How she managed to balance that pack and not let it accidentally fling her off the Sierras, even after Albert put that bag on a diet, is beyond me. And those tight boots that ate her toenails and mangled her feet into a fine pulp!! I hope there are no hapless hikers thinking they too can head out as unprepared as her. And it took so long to get to the actual hiking. The PCT is only the backdrop and therapist to all that personal drama. You slog through overwrought drama more than scenic mountainscapes in this book.

View all 12 comments. Apr 16, su rated it did not like it. This author is the columnist who writes Dear Sugar? Sugar is wise and funny and real. I found this book to be incredibly self indulgent. The first pages was the author whinging about how her mother died when she was 22, and how she would never recover, never stop crying, never stop lashing out at the people around her.

Instead of focusing on how lucky she was to have ever had a mother who poured an infinite amount of unconditional love into her, she instead imploded, lost in her own self ind This author is the columnist who writes Dear Sugar? Instead of focusing on how lucky she was to have ever had a mother who poured an infinite amount of unconditional love into her, she instead imploded, lost in her own self indulgence.

She also whinged about how her stepfather moved on, got married to a new woman, and forgot about her. Instead of being simply grateful that she had ever had such warmth, kindness and compassion at all, she instead behaves like a spoiled, pampered brat. Instead of being grateful that her exhusband Paul seems like a total saint, she writes about how lonely she is, how sad she is that she destroyed her marriage, etc. She's lucky to have had Paul in her life, luckier that he's willing to stay "best friends" with her after her hurtful actions.

So, yay then she walks the Pacific Crest Trail, and learns a little about real life and enduring hardship and surviving. I haven't finished the book yet, but given that it was written about a journey that happened in , I'm guessing that between and , the author has grown up and endured even more, resulting in the wisdom that is Sugar today. Anyways, this book is definitely not for me. I guess I'm more accustomed to grittier and more desperate tales of endurance and transformation.

I did end up finishing the book. And my review remains the same: There's no evidence of the pathos or humanity that swelters from the pages of Dear Sugar here. View all 64 comments. Allie Alfonso This is such a moronic review. Jul 13, Laurelei Agreed Laura Shields!! I lost my mom to cancer when I was So disrespectful to review a memoir that incl Agreed Laura Shields!! So disrespectful to review a memoir that includes this loss in the manner reviewed here.

Sounds like she has not been through enough to relate to trauma and the way it affects a person. Or she would understand the horrors of cancer on a family and loved ones within it make more than enough grit for tragic tales of transformation. Glad I am not this bitter and dead inside. Evidence here of a personality disorder or inability to relate to relate to other's feelings. And yes, that is a clinical assessment. A memoir written by a woman who loses her mother and then promptly takes up heroin and cheating on her sweet husband who she loves very much.

I figured nothing to relate to here: And I was right: Yet my enjoyment of this was not hindered. This is a great memoir. The writing is excellent and I turned the pages quickly, anxious to discover what happened next. The hobo thing is hilarious. She goes days weeks? The fact she was a woman, alone, hiking for all those weeks is astounding. A very impressive feat. Today my feet hurt again. Like foreshadowing without the actual follow-through.

Anyway, overall a very, very well-written memoir and one that had me engaged from the first age to the last. View all 7 comments. A world that measured two feet wide and 2, miles long. A world called the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl's mother- who she was close with, comes down with cancer. She goes through losing her mom very fast. It seemed like one minute was the diagnosis and the next she was gone. She felt like a part of her soul was torn away.

The amount she loved us was beyond her reach. It could not be quantified or contained. It was the ten thousand named things in the Tao Te Ching's universe and then ten thousand A world that measured two feet wide and 2, miles long. It was the ten thousand named things in the Tao Te Ching's universe and then ten thousand more.

Her love was full-throated and all-encompassing and unadorned. Cheryl was married at the time but she lost herself and started cheating on her husband. She started using drugs. She lost who she thought she was. She decides to hike the Pacific Trail with the thoughts that maybe she would get back that girl she used to be.

I have seen several review that slam her for taking off on a trail with an over-packed backpack and little knowledge of what she was doing. I'm not slamming her for that. She grew up in house that didn't have electricity or running water so she thought she was pretty tough. Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. Which I did love, but he was pretty unprepared also.

His book focused more on experiences of the actual hike though and not about just looking at cute guys on the trail and thinking about how horny she was. Hey, I'm not knocking it-there just should have been more to read about I have to wonder if some of the hate for this story is because she was a woman setting off into the woods by herself.

There were parts of the book that I just didn't care for either though. She repeats herself a ton. Over and over you hear how tired she is. How her feet hurt. How some of her toenails have come off. Just little mundane tid-bits that she feels needs repeated over and over. Then it seems like she is trying to hard to be deep.

Little "quotables" of her theory of life felt thrown throughout the book and at first I liked them but then it became too much. I felt like she was going for being an all knowing guru and it just ended up irritating the crap out of me. Then the drug use. I think she was VERY stupid about the drug use. She keeps writing about how she was fine using heroin and that she would have stopped.

I don't think she would have if her ex-husband hadn't gotten involved. I mean damn, she shot up in her frigging foot right before heading off into the woods. She ate her mom's ashes. Because she wanted her to be a part of her forever. I get that she wants part of her mom, I do. That just kinda freaked me out. But it was supposed to be deep and deep is not my thing.

I don't see how she made it so far with that heavy of a pack or the boots that were that much smaller than she needed either. But I'm going with sorta believing her. I feel bad that this book wasn't better for me. This is usually the type of book that I would have loved. I went through a stage where I was sorta outdoorsy. The first hike I did I was horribly prepared for. It was a hike that I later found out was one of the hardest in my area. Mountains in it named Achin and Pain should have been my first clue My dumb butt didn't want to move a muscle for a week.

Nevermind that panic that I and my hiking companion had that we wouldn't make it to a spot that had water. This is my chubby self on that nightmare hike. Yes, I throw in personal shit when I want.

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I will follow up with watching the movie version of this book, because I'm hoping that they cut out some of the repeatedness of the book. I buddy read this one with TL but she threw this sucker down and said "to heck with it. View all 61 comments. Jul 23, Lola rated it liked it Shelves: I started with the movie, but became bored. So I switched to the book, thinking it might be more gripping or eventful perhaps. Also, not sure I like how Cheryl sa I started with the movie, but became bored.

View all 4 comments. Dec 29, Cher rated it did not like it Shelves: Clearly from the rating, this one did not provide an impressive or favorable reading experience for me. With a fairly high average rating, I am in the minority with that vote. At pages, I feel this could have easily been condensed into pages.

The memoir basically could be summed up like this: I am mad at her for this.

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I hate her for this. I love my mother. I have horrible coping skills, those skills primarily being heroin, alcohol, 1. I have horrible coping skills, those skills primarily being heroin, alcohol, and gratuitous sex with strangers. This caused my divorce. I love my ex-husband. My backpack is heavy. I was unprepared for this trip. I frequently remove my entire blackened toenail by hand and flick them away.

My ex-husband is so wonderful. I am mad at her. Just flicked another toenail. I ate my mother's cremated remains. Yes, you read that correctly. Crater Lake is so beautiful. Was not prepared for this trip. Single women hiking have to watch out for bad men. Hate and love her. Met more guys, have crushes on them all.

You meet weird people on the trails. My ex-husband is wonderful. Hood is so pretty. Flicked another toenail off - only have six intact left! Yay, I made it to my planned end on the trail.

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Sigh, I simply do not understand the hype around this book. For me, it was insignificant and forgettable. The writing is painfully repetitive, simplistic and not in the amazing, beautiful way and at times it seems the writer tries to be poetic but ends up leaving the reader scratching their head trying to translate. Allow me to share some examples: It was a story. I was a leaf. I was the jagged branch of a tree. I was nothing to them and they were everything to me. Eating a loved one's remains will not ensure that they will remain with you forever. On average, the consumed parts will remain with you for approximately 53 hours before being eliminated from the body via the last stop on the digestive track, but could be as quickly as 33 hours.

I recommend a nice, covered container to keep a portion of your loved one's remains as a more effective way of ensuring they will remain with you forever. The trees were tall, but I was taller, standing above them on a steep mountain slope in northern California. View all 23 comments. Angeline Walsh It's also really stupid to eat cremated remains because they contain high levels of carcinogens. Sep 16, Michele Miles Gardiner I'm reading it now. Your review is apt and hilarious.

Jan 05, Lizzie rated it it was amazing Recommended to Lizzie by: Everyone's new favorite book: During the first half, I wasn't sure how much I liked it. Because I am crazy. Because it is good! It is all good. But it was different, at first, than I expected. I was joking before, that for fans of Sugar an inevitable readership for this book , there almost needs to be two ratings: By nature, the essays in "Dear Sugar" are written in a way that requir Ok ok good.

By nature, the essays in "Dear Sugar" are written in a way that requires them to relate her story to a metaphor, that make her experiences reach through the ordinary to say something about another situation. This writer knows how to pull the honesty of life out of very regular things, the kinds of things that make you feel, "Why is this getting to me? So I was looking for this in the book on page one, greedily. And honestly, to me it wasn't all there. I liked it for sure, but it wasn't tugging inordinately at my heart, just telling me stuff in a really honest way.

There is a lot to learn about what she's going through, and that is what you're getting into in the beginning. Then halfway through, something changed. The fox happened and I cried, was one of the things. And I thought, when I read that: It's a breath-catching moment that relates to what she's been writing and means everything to her, and she delivers that everything right on the page, in actually just a few lines.

I… cried so much, that next day. And books don't actually make me do that very often. I think the most terrible part for me was actually its beginning, when she knew the inevitability of what would happen, and then we all just had to watch it. I got off of the train and couldn't just put my bookmark there, so I stood outside on the sidewalk finishing the section, and then I walked into a park and stood behind a tree in the dark to hide while I cried my brains out.

Happily, I came back to life in order to finish the book. And I don't know if it is just the unmistakeable power of that section, but everything after felt different.

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It all got me. She is writing the necessary symbolism deep, deep inside the story, and it is almost never gone afterward. Partly, her journey affords a lot of its payoff at this point — she never quits learning what she's doing, but the first half is almost all learning, and the second half has her also knowing , and noticing, and reaching. In general, there's a few things going on here. The author is hiking this trail for three months, and the point is that she doesn't know what she is doing.

She started to do it because it seemed right and not because she seemed ready. She literally didn't know how to carry everything she had to bring with her.

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She also literally doesn't know what will be at the end of the path, after the point on the map at the Bridge of the Gods, what then. It's huge, it's all of it huge and right and good. I think the theme I liked most, though, was about identity. A lot is in there, of course, because when she takes this trip she is in a huge amount of transition, and that is basically the point of the whole endeavor. But I was surprised that there is actually a lot of more literal identity crises in the story, not so much of finding where she fits as finding she's not even on the side of the line she thinks she's on.

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This happens kind of a lot: She finds herself so far outside of normal life, both because she's living literally outside and because she happens to be cold broke, and there is so much looking in at the world with inarticulable longing often for cheeseburgers. Some people get really proud of going off the grid and out of the mainstream when they've had some of the privilege to sacrifice it in the first place, but that's not really Cheryl's motive this is not Into the Wild , thank god and she doesn't expect to think of herself that way.

I think it makes her feel even more lost on the personal side of her journey, and means that she has even more work to do to make her new life work than she thought. Relatedly, she thinks some interesting thoughts about gender. There's a lot of the basic-feminist "being a woman alone" pride, of course. One loses count of how many guys make comments about her hiking the trip alone, often paired with the veiled threat that they would never permit a woman who was "theirs" to do so. But what's really interesting are the specific situations she runs into where she has to figure out if she is safe.

She writes through every step in her calculations every time she is afraid, and the times she is afraid of men are even more interesting than any of the times she is afraid of wild animals or dangerous terrain. She's inspecting the line across which things can become irrevocable, and they go in both directions. A bull in both directions, I suppose. Also, this is silly, but view spoiler [like her, I totally wanted her to get laid on her trip and I was so haaaappy when she did.

This is particularly forceful for her writing because she writes about her life, and things about her life and her feelings remind me of very important things about mine. The subjects of her essays often bring this out fiercely, and there is plenty of it present in this book, too. A great deal of the pages I folded down are personal, personal. It feels like a letter in which she's giving, well, advice. She just has such a gift for this. I think we're lucky she knows how to make it a gift for the rest of us, too. View all 11 comments. Mar 13, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this memoir so much that I read it twice.

The wilderness walk was born out of grief — her mother had died suddenly of cancer, and Cheryl was feeling lost. She had been wildly taking drugs and having affairs, which broke up her marriage. She also felt regret over mean things she had said to her mother, and she was angry that her mom had died so young.

I was profoundly affected by Cheryl's story I loved this memoir so much that I read it twice.

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I was profoundly affected by Cheryl's story. She wrote eloquently about her family and her grief, her adventures on the trail, and what the experience meant to her. Cheryl is a wonderful storyteller — she's funny and warm and clever. I highly recommend this book to those who like outdoor adventures or who appreciate grief memoirs. Favorite Quotes "Now that she was dying, I knew everything. My mother was in me already.

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Not just the parts of her that I knew, but the parts of her that had come before me, too. Until she was dying, the thought had never entered my mind. She was monolithic and insurmountable, the keeper of my life. She would grow old and still work in the garden. The image was fixed in my mind, like one of the memories from her childhood that I'd made her explain so intricately that I remembered as if it were mine. What if I forgave myself even though I'd done something I shouldn't have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I'd done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do?

What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn't do anything differently than I had done? What if I'd actually wanted to fuck every one of those men? What if heroin taught me something? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn't have done was what also had got me here?

What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was? March-April Second read: Feb 03, Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a very enjoyable read! I think memoirs are the best books to be listened to on audiobook because it feels or rather, sounds like a friend relating a story to you. Cheryl had a great voice and although she's a flawed human being and isn't afraid to write about the times she's messed up, she has a very unapologetic and feminist voice that I wasn't expecting.

It didn't really hit me how strong a woman has to be to hike over 80 days completely alone and the challenges and prejudices she w This was a very enjoyable read! It didn't really hit me how strong a woman has to be to hike over 80 days completely alone and the challenges and prejudices she would have to overcome. This was definitely an interesting story and uplifting, and every time I had free time, I was very eager to continue this!

The reason I counted off one star is because she would sometimes go into veeeery extended stories about her life before the trail, which I understand is relevant to why she felt motivated to hike the trail, but at times, the information felt extraneous.

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At one point there was an extremely vivid and graphic scene describing the time that her brother had to shoot their mother's horse in order to put it down, and as a horse owner and general animal lover, I was really disturbed by that scene and want to warn any readers about that scene who are sensitive to animals suffering.

I haven't seen the movie but I can see how it would be very cool! This was definitely an interesting read with a great message about self-discovery and resilience that also has its moments of friendship and humor.

Mar 02, Esil rated it really liked it Shelves: I recently listened to the audio of Tiny Beautiful Things: It made me think that I should read Wild, which is also by Cheryl Strayed. She writes incredibly well. She can make the mundane seem interesting and meaningful. Having said this, the Strayed on the trail is younger than the Strayed of Tiny Beautiful Things, and at times I grew impatient with her youthful preoccupations — i.

Who might they be worth using with? A note on the audio: Strayed does not read Wild whereas she does read Tiny Beautiful Things. Having become used to her voice in Tiny Beautiful Things, I really missed it in Wild, although the narrator of Wild is perfectly adequate. Thank you to the many GR friends who encouraged me to read Wild. View all 26 comments. View all 21 comments. Nov 28, Willie rated it did not like it. Strayed's ego manages to outsize even the magnificent Pacific Crest Trail.

She's a self-absorbed asshole who manages to use her mom's death as an excuse to spread her selfishness over everyone she knows. She survives her partial hike of the PCT only due to the amazing generosity of fellow hikers who are actually competent. Are you wondering if she's pretty? Never mind that on the back flap she looks like someone's daffy aunt. Strayed never tires of relating the unending river of compl Strayed's ego manages to outsize even the magnificent Pacific Crest Trail. Strayed never tires of relating the unending river of compliments she receives about her beauty and sexiness.

Her appearance is a constant concern, even when she's on the verge of reaching her goal. Maybe it shouldn't bother me so much that at one point she mentions snorting tar heroin, a task that is impossible due to tar heroin's, well, tarriness. It comes up when she tells of her brief trist with the drug while shacked up with a fellow florid-tongued dipshit in Portland, Oregon — another situation from which she ends up requiring rescue, this time by her generous ex-husband. That obvious lie makes me wonder about the veracity of the rest of her tale except her stunning beauty, of course.

She appears to think she's somehow developed spiritually or emotionally by the book's close, but it's unclear how. She seems like just as much of a thoughtless ass as she did on page one. She writes eloquently and there must some truth throughout, for why would someone fabricate a story that makes herself look like such a dick? View all 6 comments. Nov 29, Carmen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who likes non-fiction.

Cheryl is dealing with her mother's death badly. In her grief she has a. After all this, Cheryl feels like she needs to get her head right. She is not a backpacker or an experienced hiker Cheryl is dealing with her mother's death badly. She is not a backpacker or an experienced hiker. She makes tons of mistakes along the way, carrying a very heavy pack, losing 6 toenails, meeting sometimes unfriendly wildlife, meeting sometimes unfriendly people, and finally coming to terms with her mother's death and the loss of her husband through divorce. This book at times made me laugh out loud, at times it made me feel sad not cry - I never cry over books , and sometimes frightened me.

I really liked all the emotions it made me feel. However, I ended up landing in the "love it" camp. While some people complained that the book was boring and too self-absorbed, I really loved it. She alternates between telling what's happening on the Trail and what happened to her in the past her mom's death, her family's disbanding, her father's abandonment, her stepfather's abandonment, her divorce, her abortion, her drug use, her mindless affairs with men she has no feelings for, etc.

I was fascinated and intrigued. I really liked how honest and open she was about her life and the mistakes she made. She laid it all out there: Her failure to get her college degree. It's really hard and painful to put your failures out there in public, and I really admired her for doing that. It certainly made me feel sympathy and empathy for her - she was a human being who was basically good, but flawed. Other people complained about her rather However, this didn't bother me at all. It's true that she thought about having sex with every single male she met, regardless of age, race, religion, height, weight, or marital status, but that was fine.

I liked that she liked men and that she liked sex. I was happy that she insisted on using a condom when she did have sex. I don't condone her cheating on her husband, but trust me - she's suffered enough for that. And she doesn't have sex with any married men in the book. She tries to blame this attitude she has towards sex on her father and stepfather, I guess abandoning her, but I don't really know if that was it. It was clear she just really liked men and also was able to separate sex from love, which isn't possible for everyone. She's young 26 and I feel like she should enjoy herself while she can.

So no judgment here on her sexual choices from me. What DOES bother me is her drug use. She just forges joyfully on, la la la, accepting any drugs offered to her by any person in any situation without a thought to the consequences. Oh, you're just a random man I met in a hick town who lives in your truck and approaches me out of nowhere and the next thing I know I'm gleefully eating opium with you in your truck? She could have gotten really fucked-up and been in serious trouble. She insists the heroin was "just a phase of 2 months " but if her ex-husband hadn't come along and yanked her out of that situation I believe she'd still be using.

Overall, the book was touching, funny, invigorating, and motivating. I highly enjoyed every second reading it, and I know I will re-read it. It has a good re-read quality to it, I think. AND it's available in Spanish as "Salvaje. While there are dozens of male narratives about striking out on your own and having an adventure for the purposes about learning about life and making discoveries about yourself - this is the only instance I can remember of a woman doing this.

This book is a great message to women and girls that they too can strike out on their own and have adventures. I know a lot of women decide to backpack across Europe or travel across the USA and have complained to me about the lack of female narratives that express this desire and express a female's ability to do this without being inevitably raped and murdered. If only for that and nothing else, Cheryl Strayed's narrative has value to me. View all 30 comments. Mar 07, sarah gilbert rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have thought these things: I am done with books proclaiming to tell the story of healing when the wounds are so obviously still raw.

I am done with struggles-that-are-not-really-struggles, the so-called "first world problems" that make one's eyes roll and ones jaw clench. How did she get so much buzz for this terribly whiny book? I'll ask myself, barely able to get through the first third without hucking it across the room.

I thank other reviewers for making the contrast between Eat, Pray, Lov I have thought these things: I thank other reviewers for making the contrast between Eat, Pray, Love and Wild. I'd include a few other books written, I thought, in the rush of loss or certainty-of-wisdom that were not, indeed, wise: I read this book despite all these things, and because I have never been steered wrong by Cheryl before we're friends, and I've read most of her public writing, including about half of her Dear Sugar columns.

I read this book hoping to be proven right in my faith in her and wrong in my worry it would not go well, this struggle-against-the-wilderness, this wisdom-discovery. I was proven right and wrong in all the best ways. Wild is a luminous exception. It is a story of birth more than it is a story of death though her mother's death a few years earlier is the centerpiece of the book ; it is a story of joy more than it is a story of pain though pain is on almost every page, rippling, fleshy, scarring pain.

I skated through it, flipped, plodded, ran, like Cheryl, wanting to rush but then holding back and making sure I read it closely enough to render an informed review. When you begin, when you join Cheryl on this improbable hike, of course, you expect her ill preparation and her constant desire to give up and many, many complaints. But she does not give up, she stubbornly struggles through, and even I think many times oh, you'd be best to quit right now You are along for the fight, Monster and all.

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