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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed thought she lost everything at the age of 22. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her marriage was soon to be destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she embarked on a journey that would change her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State – and to do it alone! Without any experience, it was an idea that offered the promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.
Jane, a seasoned hiker, began our meeting by showing us her backpack and contents…fascinating to be sure, including a stove that folds into the palm of your hand. She told us that we don’t pack now like Cheryl did…packs now are 18-22 pounds, 25 max with extra food; Jane does not call her pack Monster.
While readers respected Cheryl’s perseverance and courage, many found her actions annoying. She was irrationally unprepared for this hike, suffering constantly from physical pain and lack of money. Why was she so irresponsible; was she suicidal? Was she punishing herself because she strayed? Some readers were expecting more appreciation of nature.
Upon reflection, readers identified that Cheryl’s hike was as chaotic as her life; that she stumbled upon this hike to regain some sense of self, grieving the death of her mother, freeing herself from addiction. She used the trail to tell her story; the hike allowed her to reflect on her life, much like the paradigm of a boy going to the mountain alone and returning a man. Some readers pointed out that they received a completely different impression on a second read of Cheryl’s Strayed’s unforgettable journey. With nearly 30 in attendance, Mary kept discussion flowing, lively, and organized. Thank you Mary and thank you Jane!
Join us December 20, 2013, 2 PM for Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co: A Road Novel With Literary License, by Maria Amparo Escondon, another journey, this one on wheels!
Book club Schedule 2013-2014
Date Book Presenter
September 20, 2013 A Fine Balance, by Rohinston Mistry Irene Tritel
October 18, 2013 Frankenstein , or the Modern Prometheus
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Richard Bass
November 15, 2013 Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific
Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed Mary Barlow
December 20, 2013 Gonzale & Daughter Trucking Co: A Road
Novel With Literary License,
by Maria Amparo Escondon Peggy Meyer
January 17, 2014 Nothing to Envy, by Barbara Demick Sandy Clark
February 21, 2014 Before I Go To Sleep, by S. J. Watson Mary Barlow
March 21, 2014 T he Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,
by Junot Diaz Moira Johannesen
April 18, 2014 The Woman Behind The New Deal: The
Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social
Social Security, Unemployment Insurance
by Kirstin Downey Ann Kepcke
May 16, 2014 White Teeth, by Zadie Smith Open
June 20, 2014 House of Earth, by Woodie Guthrie Ginger Semple-Schneider