Every Tuesday I join First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where Diane shares the first paragraph sometimes two from a book she is reading or plans to read soon. Join us at Bibliophile By the Sea and see what others are reading.
I have wanted to read this book and see the movie since I first downloaded onto my Kindle. I am a fan of Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Guess I will read the book first, then watch the movie.
Title: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House
The trees were tall, but I was taller, standing above them on a steep mountain slope in northern California. Moments before, I'd removed my hiking boots and the left one had fallen into those trees, first catapulting into the air when my enormous backpack toppled onto it, then skittering across the gravelly trail and flying over the edge, It bounced off of a rocky outcropping several feet beneath me before disappearing into the forest canopy below, impossible to retrieve. I let out a stunned gasp, though I'd been in the wilderness thirty-eight days and by then I'd come to know that anything could happen and that everything would. But that doesn't mean I wasn't shocked when it did. My boot was gone. Actually gone.
I clutched its mate to my chest like a baby, though of course it was futile. What is one boot without the other boot? It is nothing. It is useless, an orphan forevermore, and I could take no mercy on it. It was a big lug of a thing, of genuine heft, a brown leather Raichle boot with a red lace and silver metal fasts. I lifted it high and threw it with all my might and watched it fall into the lush trees and out of my life.
What do you think? Would you continue? Or have you already read this one?
I started this one last night and although I am only on page 26, I am already loving it. Cheryl is one tough cookie. I think she gets her tenacity from her mother.
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