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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail | Cheryl Strayed
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERSOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREAt 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 Stateand 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.One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly,Vogue, St. Louis Dispatch
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monalyisha
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I‘m just realizing that I never reviewed “Wild,” though I finished it almost a week ago. I LOVED it. I totally get why Lorelai Gilmore wanted to drop everything & hike the PCT (despite her nature aversion). Personally, I have friends who‘ve hiked the ACT & I know it‘s not in my future (I wish I‘d never heard them utter the phrase “period-shits in the woods” but I did — & now you can share in my misery). But Strayed‘s writing is gorgeous.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: She also manages to come off as a relatable & lovable person, despite her many flaws (which she doesn‘t shy away from detailing). I‘d previously read her memoir/advice book “Tiny Beautiful Things” (SO GOOD) & I felt much the same way when I was done: I don‘t always agree with her about how best to love others, but I‘m always so moved by her stories & by her words. 1w
monalyisha (Also, I know I‘m about 7 years late reading this. 🤷‍♀️🙈 I don‘t know why I was so slow to pick it up!) 1w
Crazeedi I have this one in my stack and still havent read it, I'm so excited to read 1w
Soubhiville I loved this book too. 1w
BarbaraBB Love your review!! I think I‘d like the book too. 7d
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monalyisha
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“I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things. I was as searching as I was skeptical. I didn't know where to put my faith, or if there was such a place, or even what the word faith meant, in all of its complexity. Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.”

#highlyrelatablecontent

Graywacke And a terrific quote. ! 2w
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monalyisha
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“I didn‘t feel like a big fat idiot anymore. And I didn‘t feel like a hard-ass motherfucking Amazonian queen. I felt fierce and humble and gathered up inside, like I was safe in this world too.”

monalyisha image: crater lake by instagram user: magicalmiracles (edited) 2w
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Ladygodiva7
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Bought this book for 50¢ and am reading it on a 3 hr trip to a truck pull with the hubby.

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TheSpineView
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Eggs 💗👏🏻📚👏🏻🤗 2mo
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Librarybelle
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Strayed goes #DownInTheWoods of the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself. For me, this was such a good read...it was gut wrenching, it was soul searching, and yet it was filled with hope. This isn‘t my usual type of book, but I appreciated her honesty and her bravery to do this and to stick with this. #ayupaugust

Cinfhen A book that has been lingering in hibernation for too long! Started this book years ago & somehow never finished it🙄Thanks for the reminder! #MaybeOneDay I‘ll actually finish it❣️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Another one I‘ve been meaning to read for years too.... 😁 2mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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As I was reading, I noted that, as a novel, this story would be annoying and trite and cliché. Strayed‘s story derives all of its value from being an actual lived experience. She is brutally honest, in every sense, relaying her self-awareness in a way that I deeply admire. It's Eat Pray Love meets Survivor. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/wild-cheryl-strayed/ #Memoir #NonFiction #BestSeller

Scochrane26 I always thought of it as a combo of eat pray love and a walk in the woods,except w/ out bill Bryson‘s humor. I like your comparison, too. 2mo
rachaich That's so apt. Completely agree 2mo
jb72 There were parts I liked. Parts I didn‘t like. But that story about the horse.....😢 was almost too much to read about. 2mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins @Scochrane26 ah yes, that's a good one! 👏 👏 👏 2mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @rachaich Cheers! 😍🍻 2mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @jb72 Oh I knoooow, heartbreaking! 💔 😭 2mo
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LonelyPineReads
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This week I piled in a car with my bf and 2 friends and headed 4 hours north to Humboldt Redwoods State Park to camp. Humboldt has been on my list of must go places since I first moved to California almost 8 years ago (omg). It was absolutely breathtaking and camping for the weekend was the perfect getaway. My heart wept as we watched the temp plummet the closer we got to San Francisco. This was the perfect read for a weekend camping getaway!

Smrloomis That sounds great! Welcome to Litsy 🥳 3mo
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Tineke
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Needing a break from my other book. I was already halfway in this one, so...
I'm sending this one on to a #bookcrossing friend when I'm finished with it. Bought it last December at #betterworldbooks.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Welcome to Litsy! ❤️📚❤️ 3mo
Tineke @chaoticgoodhufflepuff thank you. Every bookish website or app I find is another way to indulge in books with other people. 3mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3mo
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LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more!
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I mailed your card and left out a page!!!! It said “tell Me about where you live and all about you! I would love to visit the Netherlands someday! It‘s so cool having friends all over the world! I hope to hear from you soon!” Love, Misty!!! 3mo
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cajunsyd
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book while on a trip out West. The author‘s story was compelling. The photo is Crater Lake, one of the spots along the PCT.

Zelma Beautiful! 3mo
cajunsyd @Zelma thanks; it was a truly special place! 3mo
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TheSpineView
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IvoryLunatic I just got this one for free the other day. I've been thinking about getting it so I was pretty excited about it. 3mo
TheSpineView @IvoryLunatic I enjoyed it! 3mo
Hoopiefoot I HATED it the 1st time I read it but the older I get the more I like it. I‘ve reread it a few times now (edited) 3mo
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TheSpineView @Hoopiefoot I have only read it once but I know I will read it again in the future. 3mo
Eggs Good one 🤗👏🏻 3mo
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bookish6
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Week 16: A book from Oprah's book club
Reading: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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PaperbackPirate
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I loved this book because it made me feel like I was backpacking but without the heavy pack! This was one of my favorite books read in 2017.
🌄 Taken in the #mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona 🌲
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#letstraveljuly
@OriginalCyn620
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo 🏔❤️📚 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Pretty pic! 💚 (edited) 3mo
Crazeedi I just received this from a Litsy friend! 3mo
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PaperbackPirate @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 Thank you! It‘s easy when you‘re in such a beautiful location! 3mo
PaperbackPirate @Crazeedi I hope you like it as much as I did! 3mo
BooknerdsLife Love this photo 😍 3mo
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lindsaykerr
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Even before Cheryl got to the trail I already missed being in nature. As a lover of camping I loved listening to the story and the descriptions of the trails, scenery, and gear. I am so happy I chose this for #booked2019 reminds me of my happy place which is nature and it did not disappoint. I sometimes found it a bit hard to follow with jumping between timelines but not enough to stop listening
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

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rather_be_reading
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Had the urge to watch one of my fav movies\books tonight

MelKelsey Great book! 4mo
Powered_By_Plants Ooh I love Reece Witherspoon and not heard of this one 😍 4mo
Joanne1 Loved them both. 4mo
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rather_be_reading @Joanne1 an actual movie where they didnt mess up the book! 4mo
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howjessreads
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Taking day 24 of #30junebooks (wild) really literally. I read 3 chapters of WILD a few years ago, and then abandoned it. But I know a lot of people love it!

How about you? Fan or no?

marleed Fan! 4mo
marleed I‘m always intrigued by people who (and why) could easily go down a path of despair but instead get up, dust their pants, and take another path. 4mo
Soubhiville I loved it! Mostly because I love hiking, and I‘m from a family that‘s done most of the AT. 4mo
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cherinium Not a fan! I was mostly annoyed by her. The logical planner in me can't fathom why anyone would try to tackle something like the AT with no research or planning. I also remember being annoyed that she used some irritating phrases repeatedly. 👎 4mo
ImperfectCJ I enjoy books about long hikes, and most are about the Appalachian Trail, so I liked that this one's about the PCT. Memoir is tricky for me, though. There were a couple of scenes that had me thinking about all of the things I'd never put in a book my mother-in-law might read. 4mo
cosmicbutton My experience was the same. I really wanted to like that book, but I read a few chapters and couldn‘t hold on any longer. I‘m happy for those that liked it-seems to bring solace and wisdom to lots of people- but just not for me. 4mo
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gradcat
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#WanderingJune

(Day 20 - #Mountains)

First thing that I thought of when I read this prompt. However, I thought of at least three songs with this title—which one are we referring to? 😂👍♥️

BarbaraBB I was thinking of the one by Prince but all are fine of course 💕 4mo
Cinfhen Well done 👍🏻 4mo
gradcat @BarbaraBB I was just wondering... ♥️ 4mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Thank you very much! ♥️ 4mo
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Cloudia
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Late night reading

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Lmacharg
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Great story about a women‘s struggle with grief and her journey to work through it in the wild.

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rather_be_reading
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Lorelai reading Wild!

akaGingerK I‘m glad I‘m not the only one pausing tv shows to confirm what the characters are reading- this is important characterization! 5mo
rather_be_reading @akaGingerK oh i do this all the time!! 5mo
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rather_be_reading
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Last one I swear

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rather_be_reading
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Wild ❤

SewHappyStitchHappy Loved this book!! 5mo
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rather_be_reading
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Cheryl Strayed

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rather_be_reading
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So empowering and motivational

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rather_be_reading
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So meaningful because I recommend her book to everyone!

Red.Reads I thought 'Wild' was so inspirational. As someone whose life went off track and needed a lot of fixing, it really spoke to me. It also made me take up countryside walking! I'm not up to hiking standards yet, but it motivated me to get out there away from the city and to enjoy nature. 5mo
sedeara Okl 2mo
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rather_be_reading
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Met Cheryl Strayed!

marleed I‘m so happy for you! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s awesome! 5mo
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rather_be_reading
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Cant wait!! Ill be spamming you all later!

Crazeedi Have been wanting to read this! 5mo
rather_be_reading @Crazeedi its soooo inspiring! 5mo
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rather_be_reading
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Im so excited to see her tomorrow!! I recommend her book Wild to everyone bc its so inspiring

akaGingerK I loved her Dear Sugar columns - looks like a fantastic event! 5mo
rather_be_reading @Princess-Kingofkings ty! 5mo
rather_be_reading @akaGingerK i didnt read those but i plan on reading her book that is a complilation of them 5mo
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marleed
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This challenge song title made me think of those who climb mountains and live to write about it. And it made me realize this stack is crying for a copy of The Mountain Between Us.
#LustForLife

Litsy Challenge Day 10 #MayMovieMagic #BookToMovie #LustForLife
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Cinfhen Nicely done 5mo
marleed @Cinfhen Well, Thank you! 5mo
rohit-sawant Great interpretation! 5mo
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mnpopcan
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Was enjoyable

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Red.Reads
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I really enjoyed this book. There's something very inspirational about a woman who decides that she needs to reclaim her life, and a sense of who she is. I can relate to that.
The book is a nice mix of details about her experiences on the PCT, and recollections of her family, the death of her mother, her marriage, and the events that led her to hike 100s of miles alone. Solid 4/5 from me.

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rather_be_reading
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Ya'll I am goin to see Cheryl Strayed!! So excited!!

WhatWouldJaneDo That's amazing! Pretty sure if I ever saw her in person I'd just instantly burst into tears. 6mo
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Chelseabillups30
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As of 10:42 PM, IT IS FINISHED.
Day 1 of #24b4Monday wrapped with just short of three hours of reading complete. I was super sleepy today for some reason, still managing to finish my current read. It‘s a good thing there‘s no pressure from my roommate to spend time together on the weekends, he‘s about to wonder where the hell I went! 😂😂😂
The readathon through the last two for March commences tomorrow morning!
Where‘d everyone else finish up?

Andrew65 A good start. 👏 I‘m currently on 5 hours 30. 7mo
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Chelseabillups30
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I give Cheryl all the credit in the world for taking on a feat that I certainly never could‘ve embarked on. The book captured all of the twists and turns Strayed‘s journey had, almost metaphorical to the PCT.
That said, while the retelling of her journey did not lack substance, it did lack depth, IMHO.
A quick & captivating read no doubt, but a reader shouldn‘t finish a book still asking “So what?” if a story has done its job.

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Chelseabillups30

There‘s no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another. What leads to what. What destroys what. What causes what to flourish or die or take another course.

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Chelseabillups30

“I believe we‘re here once and what we do matters. What do you believe?”

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Chelseabillups30
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Monthly goal on Bookly completed! 8 days early!!

SaturnDoo WTG!!!!!👍👍💜💜👏👏👏 7mo
RadicalReader Wonderful absolutely booktastic 7mo
jessinikkip Ive seen people talk about Bookly a lot. Is it something you pay for or is it free? 7mo
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Chelseabillups30 @jessinikkip, the VERY limited trial version is free....but you‘ll notice quickly that you need to invest in the paid version to get the full scope of its features, that said, ITS WORTH EVERY PENNY!!! 💯💯💯 7mo
jessinikkip Thank you @Chelseabillups30 for the info! Im between jobs now so anything paid will have to wait 7mo
PaperbackPirate I‘m a Bookly fan too! Congratulations on your goal! 7mo
Elizabeth2 I ❤️ Bookly! 7mo
TheEllieMo I discovered Bookly a few days ago through a post on Litsy. Nice little app 😁 7mo
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Chelseabillups30
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The father‘s job.💯

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Annashep
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A darker state ... just finished for this Saturdays book group .. not my usual book pick but it was actually pretty good .... and Wild .... my new read... needing to take in journey and exploring reads.... journeying in ourselves and out into the world 📚

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Chelseabillups30

I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible non-believer in things. I was as searching as I was skeptical. I didn‘t know where to put my faith, or if there was such a place, or even precisely what the word faith meant, in all of its complexity. Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.

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Chelseabillups30

We couldn‘t know, but we were open to knowing. As close as we‘d been when we were together, we were closer in our unraveling, telling each other everything at last, words that seemed to us might never have been spoken between two human beings before, so deep we went, saying everything that was beautiful and ugly, and true.

KimPossible89 I loved this book! 7mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
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This book was/is wonderful, inspirational and insightful, I really felt like I travelled with Cheryl on her the PCT! I‘m also a little bit heartbroken its over/have a book hangover 😪 5/5

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Chelseabillups30

I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.

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Chelseabillups30
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The never ending question it seems....#thisis28

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Chelseabillups30
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I have a quote by her at the end of my email as part of the signature.....this one struck me as a profound explanation of the sense of familiarity that great books and brilliant writers give us as a gift we often end up considering a familiar friend.

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Sammidnightsun
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Mehso-so

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Christinak
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My #solo three-month hike on the Pacific Crest Trail had many beginnings. There was the first, flip decision to do it, followed by the second, more serious decision to actually do it, and then the long third beginning, composed of weeks of shopping and packing and preparing to do it.
#QuotsyMar19
#31DaysOfNonFiction