Reese Witherspoon

Finding yourself alone in the woods

Finding yourself alone in the woods

She divorced her husband, sold all her stuff, bought an outrageous amount of camping gear and set out to walk the Pacific Crest Trail, a trek of more than 1,000 miles from the Mojave Desert to Washington state.

She made it, but that wasn't the point. That was never the point.

Cheryl Strayed waited a long time to tell the story of that walk. Seventeen years, in fact. But when she did unpack all the physical and psychic pain of that journey, it was as vivid as if she had just walked off the trail yesterday.

"Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" is the story of what came after her unbearable grief at her mother's early death and of her descent into...