From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Strayed, Cheryl

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307592736
Branch Call Number: Non-F 813.6 STR


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Feb 25, 2015
  • tamaxwell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good read especially if you have been to the Pacific Coast Trail.

Jan 18, 2015
  • Perspots rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After reading this book I feel like I can say "I walked the PCT, too!" The author grows on you with each step she takes until you have fallen in love with her and her story by trails end.

Jan 15, 2015
  • kjacobi rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

End was good. Disliked her at the beginning.

Jan 10, 2015
  • nettie70 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Inspiring true story.

Dec 16, 2014
  • KindianaJones rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My husband is always lovingly suspicious when a new work of "lost woman lit" comes out, especially in travelogue form. I devour them all and for the most part love them all. Wild ranks up there with Eat, Pray, Love and Under the Tuscan Sun in my books. Beautifully done.

Just saw the movie. Found it absorbing and powerful as verification that we often get what we put into life. Cheryl Strayed was perhaps a more likeable person in the movie, from what the reviews have suggested of the book, and from my wife's comments...she read the book first. A word of caution. It seems, from my wife anyway, who read the book first, that the movie, like most movies of books, doesn't quite do some elements of the book justice...for example the scenery. But, I am now searching for the book to read it tut suite. Amazing what seeing a movie of a book will do for ones interest in the book, especially if it is a story of power and inspiration such as this.

Dec 08, 2014
  • suethomas rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

She sort of reminded me of Survivor man, all she did was whine and complain the whole trip. Not a great book.......

I agree that the author was not a likeable person (at least at the beginning of the story), but that doesn't detract from the story for me. I was excited to see a sign in the Cascades mountains pointing to the Pacific Crest trail and recently saw the bridge she ended her journey at in Portland. Looking forward to the movie.

Dec 08, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My daughter wanted me to read this, so after a year or so, I did. Strayed is a good writer and here she bared her soul, I think. Her world was shattered by her mother's death; the woman who gave birth to her was gone. The fallout from this put her into a tailspin where she rejected her seemingly wonderful husband, her friends, her jobs, her life, to fixate on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail as the only way to put her life back together. We see it is a cockamamie idea, but she didn't. She planned as best she could and finally set out. Now, here she is, solitary, hiking like she has never hiked before. Although more arduous and grueling than anything she has ever done, she sticks with it and gets along as best she can, alone and with the help of people she meets along the way. Most important, she now has a lot of time to reflect on her past life, something 26-year-old people don't tend to do much of, and try to come to terms with a 'new beginning'. Maybe this book is all about the healing powers of Nature. I didn't really like her very much but I did admire her focus on this hike, and her pushing through the obvious physical and psychical pain she had. It was good to read through to see how everything turned out for her.

Dec 06, 2014
  • Mariuccia516 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Like everyone else it seems, I loved this book. I appreciated the balance of nature description, emotions, action, and flashbacks. Most novels and movies I end up wishing there were "more" of something but this one has great balance. I didn't want to put it down.

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May 25, 2014
  • mccracch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I walked until walking became unbearable, until I believed I couldn't walk even one more step. And then I ran.

Jul 09, 2013
  • sydneysmom19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward, I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something. That perhaps being amidst the undesecrated beauty of the wilderness meant I too could be undesecrated, regardless of what I’d lost or what had been taken from me, regardless of the regrettable things I’d done to others or myself or the regrettable things that had been done to me. Of all the things I’d been skeptical about, I didn’t feel skeptical about this: the wilderness had a clarity that included me.

May 31, 2013
  • acer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't know how living outdoors and sleeping on the ground in a tent each night and walking alone through the wilderness all day almost every day had come to feel like my normal life, but it had...and something inside of me released.

Apr 03, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.


Oct 24, 2012
  • Kimbolizzie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It had only to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles for no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental.

Jul 31, 2012
  • wsbooklover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I felt fierce and humble and gathered up inside, like I was safe in this world.


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