This book made Oprah's Book Club selection. This memoir is the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that nearly destroyed a young woman called Cheryl Strayed. Cheryl was getting over her mother's death. Her family disbanded and her marriage fell apart. With nothing more to lose she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. She also decided to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker. Cheryl encountered rattlesnakes, black bears, intense heat and snowfalls. Will she make it against all odds?