I finished Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed a few weeks ago and have been thinking of it ever since--which is usually a good sign that it was a good book! (I say usually, because I read Gone Girl and I still think about how much I disliked the ending!)
Wild is a memoir of the time Cheryl spent on the Pacific Crest Trail. (Just in case you have no interest in hiking or anything outdoorsy, the book is so much more than that. ) When we meet Cheryl she is about to begin her journey by picking up the trail in Tehachapi (Hey, that's where I live!) and as she begins, she takes us back to the events that led to her to the impulsive decision to attempt the hike. As she tackles the very grueling and physical task of taking on the PCT, she also must attempt to face and overcome the circumstances that led her to the trail itself.
I loved this book! As soon as I got into it, I could not stop. The entire time I was rooting for her to succeed. The hike is complicated. The Sierra's can have some wild weather, the terrain is dramatic. Not to mention the possible encounters with wild life. And the real journey--the mental one--is crazy. Cheryl hit rock bottom prior to the hike and she bravely puts that out there for us readers without any sugar coating.
Overall, I say this this book in inspiring and insightful and I will be thinking about Cheryl's story for a long time.