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Sunday, July 15, 2012

A great read

Getting a Kindle for Christmas has really changed things for us. Now we find ourselves reading books for pleasure -- whole books, books that have nothing to do with work, that have nothing to do with this blog. Even books that are printed on paper.

Here's one we just ate up, in hard copy -- Wild, by Portlander Cheryl Strayed. It's the true story of a young Strayed's long-distance backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail 17 years ago -- from the Mojave to the Bridge of the Gods. Haunted by the recent losses of her mother and her marriage, Strayed takes many painful steps along the famed path before arriving, a different person, in Cascade Locks.

The reviews said it was spectacular, and they were right. Maybe it was because we read it in summer, or because we recalled our own cathartic West Coast trip, taken when we were that age. But for whatever reason, once we started reading this book, we never let it get too far out of reach. We were sad to see the end of Strayed's trail.

Comments (7)

She did?

See also Cheryl as Dear Sugar and her new book Tiny Beautiful Things.

I just added it to my kindle...going to read it this week.

She did?

Not to spoil the story, but yes, she did.

Finished it last night. Loved it! Highly recommended.

Wow! I love this book:

"He hadn’t loved me well in the end, but he’d loved me well when it mattered."

Strayed, Cheryl (2012-03-20). Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) (p. 304). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

It's full of those. I wouldn't pay $500 to have lunch with Barack Obama, but I might pay it to have lunch with Cheryl Strayed.

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