I was recommended this book and took it on as part of my own path to decipher the world following the death of my mother this past Autumn. While Strayed and I had different experiences in many ways, there is something ultimately resounding about reading another woman's story of loss and the struggle to recover from it.
Cheryl Strayed lost her mother and, following several traumatizing years, during which she was unsuccessful at adjusting to the loss, she set out on the Pacific Crest Trail. She hoped hiking from Tehachapi Pass in California to the Bridge of the Gods on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington would provide some meaningful direction for her young, disrupted life.
How could removing oneself from the social patterns of one's life, the
presence of fellow humans and the performative requirements of every day life be
anything but transformative? The experiences Strayed shares are at times funny,
at times painful and at all times engaging, from the intimate exploration of the
relationship with her too-small boots & the her magic Bob Marley shirt, and
the often unexpected encounters with the fascinating(and mostly generous) people
she encounters on the trail. Readers get the chance to hitch a ride on Strayed's
pack, "Monster," and witness the long route from the scorching and self
defeating desert of Strayed's own grief, to the lush and rejuvenating success of
Oh, and there is at least one sex scene.
Airports . Ballard . Bangkok . Brasov . Cal Anderson Park . California . Canada . Chicago . Columbia City . Columbia River . Crete . Eastern Washington . Ethiopia . Germany . Greece . Green Lake . Hawaii . Home . Laos . Los Angeles . Maui . Myanmar . Nevada . Romania . Seattle . Seward Park . Texas . Thailand . Transylvania . Vashon Island . Washington . Wyoming .