Cheryl Strayed’s grief /hiking memoir, Wild, may not have needed the media attention it’s begun receiving this week. The book debuts at # 7 on the 4/8 NYT Nonfiction best seller. Libraries across the country are showing heavy holds on moderate ordering (one large library has 173 holds on 10 copies).
NYT review, Dwight Garner, 3/27; The Tracks of an Author’s, and a Reader’s, Tears
Wall Street Journal review, Michael J. Ybarra, 3/26; A Long Walk Unspoiled
People magazine, 3/25 lead review; 4 of a possible 4 stars; “with grace, wild humor and transcendent insights..Strayed’s language is so vivid, sharp and compelling that you feel the heat of the desert, the frigid ice of the High Sierra and the breathtaking power of one remarkable woman finding her way — and herself — one brave step at a time.”
Reese Witherspoon is probably happy about the news; she recently bought the film rights.