The Importance of Wild, Complicated Women's Stories

January 13, 2015 4:48 PM

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I successfully ignored Cheryl Strayed's memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, for over two years after its publication. This was no small feat, considering the widespread critical acclaim it received, the book's lasting position of prominence on the New York Times bestseller list, and the fact it was personally selected by Oprah to relaunch her famous book club.

I was not unaware of this book during this time, I was consciously avoiding it. I regularly passed by stacks of it on the front tables of bookstores, never once stopping for a closer look. When friends would recommend that I read Wild, I would respond with a non-committal "yeah, maybe" and mentally ...

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