Jim Hinch reviews Cheryl Strayed memoir, Wild, a memoir that documents Strayed 1,100 mile journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, and a marked “triumph” in the genre of nature writing:

An encounter with wildness, transmuted even as it occurs into an opportunity for self-expression. Strayed’s memoir, a New York Times bestseller translated into 28 languages, has been hailed as “a literary and human triumph” (The New York Times Book Review) that single-handedly revives the increasingly moribund genre of American nature writing. In fact, Wild is something altogether different. It’s not a “wilderness story” (again, Times Book Review) at all. It’s an Eat, Pray, Love-style autobiographical quest that only happens to be set in the outdoors. Far from reviving nature writing, Wild’s runaway success marks a further step toward extinction for the genre. 

Read the entire review here.

I completely agree!

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    I completely agree!
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    I think I am going to read this after I am finished with A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.
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    Side-eye to this book and all the ones like it. There is something so annoying—and vapid—about the way these sorts of...
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    People have been talking about this book within my perception for over a year. I think I must read it.
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