You don't need me to give you the details; because of Oprah, you already know them by now.
All you need to know is this:
a. You should read this book. It's carefully and skillfully written, and it tells a story that most of us won't ever experience but can see ourselves in.
b. You will be glad that you invested your precious time reading this book. You get plenty of prose for your investment too, and many minutes of profitable diversion.
c. Your book group will find much to talk about in this book.
The Verdict: Absolutely. A great Book Group Book.
p.s. For book group enrichment, or if you are one of the few who hasn't been introduced to the basics of the book, you can find photos and more information about Wild at Strayed's website.
p.p.s. In other words, from my Goodreads review:
Impressive. If you're studying memoir, read this.
Gripping, earnest, and fast paced. And if you've ever (or never) travelled the West Coast of the US, Strayed's hike up the PCT will goad you into sampling at least a small stretch of it sometime in the near future. Summer plans just shifted, y'all.
I'm not one to come around easily to anything that gets the gushy press that this book did and that sports an impossible-to-remove Oprah sticker on the cover to boot, but I got over my skepticism by the second chapter and never turned back.