January 3, 2013
Filed Under North Tahoe Events
New York Times #1 best selling author, Cheryl Strayed, chronicles the impetus and discoveries on an 1,100 mile journey along the Pacific Crest Trail on January 13 at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn.
Cheryl Strayed comes to speak about her book, Wild, an award-winning memoir of her eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything when her mother died young of cancer. In the aftermath of this loss, her family scattered, her marriage was soon destroyed, and slowly her life unraveled. Four years after her mother’s death, with nothing more to lose, Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker–indeed, she’d never gone backpacking before her first night on the trail. Her trek was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faced down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and intense loneliness of the trail.
In addition to this bestseller, Strayed is the author of Tiny Beautiful Things and the novel, Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. It has been optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Pacific Standard. IndieBound selected WILD as their #1 Indie Next pick for April, Barnes and Noble named it a “Discover Great New Writers” pick on their Summer 2012 list, and Amazon named it a “Best of March” pick.
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