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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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In a Sunburned Country
Bill Bryson - May 15, 2001 (first published in 2000)
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A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely dif...
Cheryl Strayed
Apr 03, 2021
@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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Tales of a Female Nomad
Living at Large in the World
Rita Golden Gelman - May 28, 2002
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“I move throughout the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities.” —From the PrefaceTales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left ...
Cheryl Strayed
Apr 01, 2021
@AuthorCarmelB I loved that book too!      source
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Norman Rush - Sep 03, 1991
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Had Jane Austen been in the Peace Corps in Africa in the 1980s, Mating is the book she might have written. Set in Botswana in the days before the end of apartheid, Norman Rush's novel is, essentially, a comedy of manners played out in Austen's approved milieu: a country village. Granted, the village in question, Tsau, is a utopian society created b...
Cheryl Strayed
Apr 01, 2021
@de_la_lluvia Amazing book!      source
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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
Eric Newby - Dec 21, 2010 (first published in 1958)
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When Eric Newby, fashion industry worker and inexperienced hill walker, decided after 10 years in haute couture he needed a change he took 4 days training in Wales then walked the Hindu Kush. This is his account of an entertaining time in the hills!...
Cheryl Strayed
Apr 01, 2021
@rssenior Yes! Love that book.      source
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Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name
A Novel
Vendela Vida - Jan 02, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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On the day of her father's funeral, twenty-eight-year-old Clarissa Iver­ton discovers that he wasn't her biological father after all. Her mother disappeared fourteen years earlier, and her fiancé has just revealed a life-changing secret to her. Alone and adrift, Clarissa travels to mystical Lapland, where she believes she'll meet her real father. T...
Cheryl Strayed
Apr 01, 2021
@atzuniga @moorehn I love that book too!      source
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Blue Highways
A Journey into America
William Least Heat Moon - Oct 19, 1999 (first published in 1982)
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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space...
Cheryl Strayed
Apr 01, 2021
@rebeccab65 Wonderful book!      source
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A Novel
Andrew Sean Greer - May 22, 2018
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Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked...
Cheryl Strayed
Apr 01, 2021
@kimsrogers Yes! I love that book so much.      source
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Nothing to Declare
Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone
Mary Morris - Nov 15, 1998 (first published in 1987)
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Traveling from the highland desert of northern Mexico to the steaming jungles of Honduras, from the seashore of the Caribbean to the exquisite highlands of Guatemala, Mary Morris, a celebrated writer of both fiction and nonfiction, confronts the realities of place, poverty, machismo, and selfhood. As she experiences the rawness and precariousness o...
Cheryl Strayed
Apr 01, 2021
@drnels I love that book!      source
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Katherine Boo - Apr 08, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Ann...
Cheryl Strayed
Mar 12, 2021
@lmnopdx I loved that book so much!      source
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The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times
Katherine May - Nov 10, 2020
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Wintering is a poignant and comforting meditation on the fallow periods of life, times when we must retreat to care for and repair ourselves. Katherine May thoughtfully shows us how to come through these times with the wisdom of knowing that, like the seasons, our winters and summers are the ebb and flow of life....
Cheryl Strayed
Jan 04, 2021
@inkstainedlife @_katherine_may_ Yes, I read that book and loved it!      source
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Charley Bland
Mary Lee Settle - Dec 01, 1996 (first published in 1993)
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In this moving and brilliant narrative of doomed love, Mary Lee Settle tells of a triangular affair set in the small town of Canona, West Virginia. The novel's narrator, a thirty-five-year-old widow and writer, returns from a self-imposed European exile to find her hometown much as she left it decades ago. One thing does change upon her arrival, ho...
Cheryl Strayed
Nov 21, 2020
Speaking of books, what's a book you love that it seems like no one else has read? One of mine is "Charley Bland," by Mary Lee Settle, published in 1989. I often teach the first page of that novel in my workshops.      source
The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
New and Selected Poems, Volume One by Mary Oliver
Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo