Book ‘Wild’


A few months ago my friend Tamar and I were talking about the possibility of reviving the Turtle Party Book Club. Some of you readers may recall that a few years ago, a bunch of us got together to start a book club where we picked a book to read each month and discussed it … but what actually happened was that some of us read the book and most of us just liked to get together for a monthly hang session. In the past few weeks, Tam managed to pull together a group of interested parties and it looks like we are going to give the book club thing another go. The consensus was that we would read the 2012 memoir Wild by Cheryl Strayed as our first selection (so that we could get the book read before the movie comes out later this year). Last night I spent some time reading Wild and, yeah, I think we made a great choice going with this book.

I haven’t even read the first half of the book yet and I’m already hooked. I’m not sure how many of y’all have read this book but I’m really impressed with it thus far. Strayed is a masterful writer and she is able to quickly draw the reader into her world … to feel what she is trying to convey. The descriptive way that she tells her story makes it easy for me to see the events play out in my imagination … which is why I can understand the book can be adapted into a film. Wild will be released as a movie later this year, starring Reese Witherspoon, and because I know this, I’m already picturing a Reese-like woman as the protagonist. I’m glad we chose this book to read because I really want to finish it before the movie comes out. I’m hopeful that our new book club will be as successful as our last book club. I really enjoyed being part of the Turtle Party Book Club. This time around, the club will be made up of entirely different people (and I think I’m the only guy) so … we’ll see. Have any of y’all read Wild? If so, please tell me it remains an excellent book right to the end. If you haven’t read this book, I think I can recommend it even tho I’m not nearly done with it yet. It grabbed me right away so I think it might do the same for you.

I don’t think I have anything planned for today. I may meet up with my friend Edward but my string of nice, quiet nights may be in full effect. Happy Hump Day!!

  • Caroline

    I read this book in late August as I was about to start my 6 week solo work trip overseas and still picking myself up from a bad breakup (sigh, even after a 1.5 years it is still hard). I expected to read a fluffy trust fund hippie book but instead found myself furiously underlining passages and dog-earing pages to re-read. This book made me feel stronger in every aspect of my life. I have the quote below printed out and on my desktop:

    “Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I choose to tell myelf a different story from the one women are told . I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”

  • EAW

    I read this for my book club last year and I stayed engaged the entire time…the way she wrote I felt like I was hiking right along with her carrying my own “Monster.” Beautiful writing, empowering messages.

  • Jess Hentrich

    Just finished a few weeks ago. great read!

  • dclover

    I fell in love with the author when she was writing anonymously for the advice column Dear Sugar. I highly recommend you read these snippets of greatness!!

  • marissa

    Oy, if you like “Wild”, you’ll definitely need to put “Dear Sugar: Tiny Beautiful Things” on your (already long) list. I read that first, and it was fortuitous as I was working through some really crappy stuff (I called it my mid-mid-life crisis). I literally would wake up in the night to read more of the book, crying, underlining passages. She’s a really beautiful author.

    • @marissa — Thank you. I’ll deff put this book on my list.

  • Samantha Vinochateau

    Her other novel, Torched, is also amazingly well written. That one has stayed with me longer than Wild, which is a feat in and of itself!

    • @Samantha Vinochateau — Adding to reading list now.