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Cheryl Strayed

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Cheryl Strayed is an American memoirist, novelist, essayist and podcast host. The author of four books, her award-winning writing has been published widely in anthologies and major magazines.
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The Hero of This Book
A Novel
Elizabeth McCracken - 2022-10-04
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Experience a journey of grief, renewal, and self-discovery in this searing novel by bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken. A writer reflects on her complicated mother's life and their relationship during a trip to London, questioning whether a chronicle of her mother's remarkable life is an act of love or betrayal. With humor and heartbreak, this book explores the nature of writing, memory, and art, reminding us that they are what remain when all else falls away.
Cheryl Strayed
@TheBookMaven Just started reading "The Hero of this Book," by the great @elizmccracken and am loving it (of course!).      source
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I Am, I Am, I Am
Seventeen Brushes with Death
Maggie O'Farrell - 2017-08-02
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A stunning memoir recounting the author's numerous near-death experiences that have shaped her life. This includes surviving a childhood illness that left her bedridden, a teenage escape attempt gone awry, and encounters with danger later on in life. O'Farrell intimately shares seventeen tense, visceral snapshots of these moments in her life, exploring both the dangers and mysteries of life itself.
Cheryl Strayed
@contactrebecca @literati It's one of my favorite books.      source
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In a Sunburned Country
Bill Bryson - 2001-05-15 (first published in 2000)
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Discover the wonders of Australia with a hilarious and informative travelogue from a bestselling author. Despite its deadly wildlife, Australia captivates Bill Bryson with its friendly locals, spectacular scenery, and fascinating history. This engaging performance combines humor, wonder, and curiousity to take you beyond the beaten tourist path and introduce you to a land of clean cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine. Let Bill Bryson be your perfect guide to this immense and fortunate land.
Cheryl Strayed
@jteacher1402 @billbrysonn You must go! Australia is a gorgeous country. And I've never met an Australian I didn't like. (Now all the Australians will tweet to tell me there are PLENTY). And yes, I love that book and everything @billbrysonn writes. He's so smart and funny and good.      source
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Pamela L. Gay
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Tales of a Female Nomad
Living at Large in the World
Rita Golden Gelman - 2002-05-28 (first published in 2001)
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Embark on a thrilling adventure with Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman living an extraordinary existence as she travels the world without a plan, guided by instinct and serendipitous opportunities. From sleeping with sea lions to living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, Rita's tales of her journey will inspire you to dust off your dreams and rediscover hidden spirits.
Cheryl Strayed
@AuthorCarmelB I loved that book too!      source
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Norman Rush - 1992-09-01 (first published in 1991)
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What do you get when Jane Austen meets the Peace Corps in 1980s Africa? A hilarious and thought-provoking comedy of manners called Mating. Set in Botswana, this novel explores the age-old question of who mates with whom and why within the utopian society of Tsau, created by American anthropologist Nelson Denoon. Our protagonist, a postgraduate student in anthropology, follows Denoon into the Kalahari Desert against a backdrop of feminism, socialism, political corruption, and international development projects. Norman Rush’s ambitious, witty, and insightful novel satirizes without demeaning and is a guaranteed entertaining read.
Cheryl Strayed
@de_la_lluvia Amazing book!      source
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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
Eric Newby - 1999-08-01 (first published in 1958)
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Embark on a thrilling adventure through the majestic Hindu Kush mountain range with this captivating memoir! Follow Eric Newby, a curious fashion industry worker, as he sets out on a journey of self-discovery, navigating through the rugged terrains of the Afghan wilderness. Brace yourself for a rollercoaster ride of laughter, tears, and unforgettable experiences in this entertaining tale of wanderlust and personal growth.
Cheryl Strayed
@rssenior Yes! Love that book.      source
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Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name
A Novel
Vendela Vida - 2007-01-02
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Discover a journey of self-discovery through mystical Lapland in this captivating novel. After learning her father wasn't her biological father and receiving a life-changing secret from her fiancé, Clarissa travels to Lapland to find her true identity. At a hotel made of ice, she uncovers her mother's mysterious past and must decide how to live the rest of her life.
Cheryl Strayed
@atzuniga @moorehn I love that book too!      source
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Blue Highways
A Journey into America
William Least Heat Moon - 1999-10-19 (first published in 1982)
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Discover the true American experience through this unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. Follow William Least Heat-Moon as he travels through little-known towns that only make the map due to cartographers needing to fill blank spaces. Along the way, he discovers the extraordinary people that make up the heart of America. Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of our country.
Cheryl Strayed
@rebeccab65 Wonderful book!      source
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George Raveling
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A Novel
Andrew Sean Greer - 2017-07-18
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This book follows a failed novelist about to turn fifty who receives a wedding invitation from his ex-boyfriend of nine years. He accepts invitations to literary events around the world to avoid the awkwardness of the wedding. Arthur Less almost falls in love in Paris, almost falls to his death in Berlin, and encounters the last person on Earth he wants to face. Through it all, this book is ultimately a love story.
Cheryl Strayed
@kimsrogers Yes! I love that book so much.      source
Nothing to Declare by Mary Morris
Wintering by Katherine May
To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
New and Selected Poems, Volume One by Mary Oliver
Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
Charley Bland by Mary Lee Settle
The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker