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Book Discussion: "Wild" by Cheryl Stayed

The full title of this book is "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail." I came across it accidentally and am really enjoying it. It is the autobiographical account of the hike taken by a 26 year old woman in the wilderness back in 1995. Her mother had died and she was recently divorced. Her decision to take this monumental trek was her attempt to regain her "center" after her life had been upended. http://www.cherylstrayed.com/wild_108676.htm

In this group we strive to use a wide variety of books as catalysts for lively, interesting discussions. I believe that many people will find this young woman's account compelling and that it could lead to an interesting exchange of ideas. I hope you will consider coming to talk with us about this book.

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  • Kay

    Really great group of people with very diverse viewpoints. It was so much fun to talk to everyone.

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, Kay, couldn't attend due to a last-minute emergency at work. I really enjoyed reading this book and imagine the discussion was great.

    October 21, 2013

    • Kay

      We're sorry you couldn't come. It was a good discussion but we would have enjoyed your contribution. Next time I hope.

      October 21, 2013

  • Susan

    Sorry, can't make it - I have bronchitis and don't want to spend the evening coughing on everyone :-) Really enjoyed the book though.

    October 20, 2013

    • Kay

      We will miss you, Susan. I am so sorry you are ill and hope you will feel much better soon.

      October 20, 2013

  • Kay

    That's really interesting to me, Pam. I hope you come to the discussion to share why it is too far out. I would be very interested in hearing.

    October 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      that was what I thought you meant, it was the distance not a dislike of the book :)

      October 6, 2013

    • Kay

      Oh--I REALLY misread that one. Thanks for the clarification. DFW is such a big territory and it is hard to find a location that works for everyone. We move these around hoping that we will have things in many places.

      October 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, guys, this is just waaay too far out for me!

    October 6, 2013

  • Eric

    just finishing this book. i backpack the appalachian trail which runs from maine to georgia and have backpacked the torres del paine in patagonia. these many treks have provided me with life changing experiences. she captures the spirit of hiking, both the beauty and hardship. the pct is my next trail, i will bring my map so everyone can get a feel for the distance and topography.

    typing with one hand tonight.

    September 8, 2013

    • Kay

      That sounds great, Eric. It should be an interesting discussion.

      September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be out of town on Oct 21st otherwise I would love to come and discuss the book. I did read this for another book group and enjoyed the book and know there will be quite the discussion on this one.

    September 8, 2013

  • Susan

    Great choice - this book has been on my to-read list for awhile!

    September 8, 2013

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