[from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail]Book - 2012
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This book has been carried in backpacks, on kayaks and planes. It inspired and influenced all our local travel writers. What will it inspire in you?
JoCoLibraryAdultPicks Feb 18, 2016
Sometimes you need to just go off by yourself for a bit to find out who you really are.
JCLAshleyF Jun 18, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. Strayed offered totally honest and often times unflattering introspection about her life and decisions that led up to the point of deciding to hike the trail. Her descriptions of her time on the trail, the trials and triumphs that it brought, and the characters she met... Read More »
JCLLeslieN Jun 03, 2013
This is a true story of a young woman, devasted by the loss of her mother, who saves herself from self destruction by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail one summer. Although her horrible behavior is off putting at first, by the middle of the book you join her on the trail and at the end you feel a se... Read More »
JCLHelenH Dec 31, 2012
Not exactly The Glass Castle, but not quite Eat, Pray, Love either. Strayed sets off to heal herself along the Pacific Crest Trail. And I think she does.
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". . . no one laughed. No one would. The universe, I'd learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never ever give it back."
"My boot was gone. Actually gone. I clutched its mate to my chest like a baby, though of course it was futile. What is one boot without the other boot? It is nothing. It is useless, an orphan forevermore, and I could take no mercy on it... I lifted it high and threw it with all my might and watched it fall into the lush trees and out of my life."
I walked until walking became unbearable, until I believed I couldn't walk even one more step. And then I ran.
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.
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.
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This memoir by Cheryl Strayed tells of her decision to hike a large portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone, following the death of her mother. The book details the events surrounding her decision to hike the trail, and the resulting struggles and triumphs of her journey.
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