This book is being made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon, which is originally how I came to learn of it. It's a great read. The beginning chapters in which Strayed explains what drove her to make the decision to hike the PCT are a little boring, as a reader with a yearly book count goal, I would have appreciated brevity, but once she was on the trail the minutiae of the daily struggle to hike was both interesting and exhilarating. One can easily imagine battling their own out of shape, aging bodies to hike such a rigorous trail. (And can readily convince themselves that they are not up to such a task.) But one can also imagine the beauty that is encountered while hiking along the trail, the gorgeous rising and setting of the sun, the void of man-made sounds and the awakening of the senses. So, yeah, at some point I'd like to hike for a few days on the trail. Maybe. C'est possible.
I would recommend this book to any female friend who has ever hiked or has ever thought about the possibility of one day hiking, even if only for a day hike.
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