October book of the month: Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail)

For October, we'll be reading the well regarded memoir of Cheryl Strayed, Wild. From the Amazon.com review:

At age 26, following the death of her mother, divorce, and a run of reckless behavior, Cheryl Strayed found herself alone near the foot of the Pacific Crest Trail--inexperienced, over-equipped, and desperate to reclaim her life. Wild tracks Strayed's personal journey on the PCT through California and Oregon, as she comes to terms with devastating loss and her unpredictable reactions to it. While readers looking for adventure or a naturalist's perspective may be distracted by the emotional odyssey at the core of the story, Wild vividly describes the grueling life of the long-distance hiker, the ubiquitous perils of the PCT, and its peculiar community of wanderers. Others may find her unsympathetic--just one victim of her own questionable choices. But Strayed doesn't want sympathy, and her confident prose stands on its own, deftly pulling both threads into a story that inhabits a unique riparian zone between wilderness tale and personal-redemption memoir.

This is a pretty quick read and a good story that I think will appeal to many of our members. The local library does have 21 copies, however they're in high demand as this is a rather popular book, so you may want to go on the waiting list if you plan to get it there. It can also be borrowed from the library in a digital format suitable for reading on a kindle/nook or your computer if that's your thing.

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  • Rach

    I just thought I'd mention I just snagged a copy of the book off the "Lucky Day" shelf at the Sheldon branch. They might have it on the "Lucky Day" shelf at the other libraries, too, and then you don't have to wait to get it from the very long hold list.

    October 19, 2012

    • Cathie O.

      Ohhhh, mannnnn... I did that with my Kindle, with my hand! I cried... then I called Amazon, to see if I could get any kind of discount... and they REPLACED it!

      October 19, 2012

    • Linda K.

      Your's must be newer. Mine is older than 3 yrs, so they just offered another at a reduced price.

      October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found this book on Kindle.......just thought someone else might be interested in getting it on their e-reader.

    October 1, 2012

  • Cathie O.

    Do you know if the center has parking?

    October 1, 2012

    • Jessica L.

      I am not sure - I've never been there.

      October 1, 2012

  • Cathie O.

    Oh, good, they can be ordered online! Was thinking about if I wanted to go all the was to campus, find parking, just to go... still have to think about going, check my schedule, so can see if I'll have the energy... bunny fighting tonight... *Grin* My first meetup! I'm excited!

    October 1, 2012

  • Cathie O.

    Wow, that sounds really interesting! Do you know what time? Anybody want to go together? Especially, as parking can be difficult...

    October 1, 2012

    • Jessica L.

      I think it's at 7 o'clock - and it's at the Ford Alumni Center. http://spiritduck.uod...­

      October 1, 2012

    • Jessica L.

      Oops! Meant to add that tickets can also be purchased physically at the bookstore, not just online.

      October 1, 2012

  • Jessica L.

    She is speaking here on Wednesday - October 10th, at the U of O. Tickets are only $5, and can be purchased at the U of O Bookstore. I'm sure she's really great in person!!

    October 1, 2012

  • Cathie O.

    Ha! I forgot about the library! Had just renewed my card, when I was down in Nevada, just for that purpose! Don't know when I'll get around to doing it here, I'll try the Nevada one...

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds interesting! I'll be at the next meeting.

    September 30, 2012

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