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Traces the personal crisis the author endured after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, which prompted her ambition to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.
Another of my long trail books. Strayed was a bit of a mess when she hiked the trail, but she pulled herself together and kept on going. I was heartened by her story because she basically hiked the trail on a whim, and learned a lot along the way.
I generally like travel and adventuring books, and this one was no exception. Strayed's stories about her experiences hiking the Pacific Crest Trail are wonderful, and she's a great storyteller. Her determination, particularly in the face of how unprepared she actually turned out to be for a trip like this, is inspiring.
This was also the story of her personal journey to face/ confront her challenging, if not dysfunctional life, and there were parts of that retelling that were just more that I really needed to hear. It's great for her that she worked through it all, but I don't know that *I* really needed to know about it.
Still, the whole of the story and the thousand mile hike were well worth the read.
This gritty memoir describes the life of a 26 y.o. woman who is lost, shattered by the horrific death of her mother, a divorce, the loosening of remaining family ties, and drug use. She decides to hike through part of CA and all of Oregon to "find her center". Her account of the hike is sometimes brutal, sometimes beautiful, although not nearly as brutal as many of her flashbacks to what went before the trail.