April's selection for the Thrift Archive Book Club (or the TA Book Club) is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. I picked this book up at my local newsstand at the beginning of the year, but didn't start it right away. No time like the present, I say!
From the back cover of the book:
"At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her".
If you are someone who likes to read the book before seeing the movie, you should know that a film based on Strayed's journey is set to release this year, starring Reese Witherspoon as Strayed, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, and written by Nick Hornby (of High Fidelity & About a Boy fame).
If you want to learn more about Cheryl Strayed, her incredible journey, or see pictures of her standing next to Oprah, check out her website.
My response to Persepolis will be up at the beginning of April, for those of you reading along. If you haven't started, there's still time to get your hands on the book and give it a read! Trust me; It's worth it.
Happy reading, friends!