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Now that you’ve enjoyed Wild by Cheryl Strayed, we’ve put together some suggestions for books and DVDs on similar themes, that we think you might like.
It has been estimated that over 34 million people hiked or backpacked in the USA in 2013 (Source: Statista). As one of the more popular leisure activities, it’s no surprise that there are many books about the pleasures of getting away from the hurly burly of civilization and setting out into the wilderness. Relying on one’s self and engaging with the natural world feel like it’s rooted in the early American experience, as well as providing enormous amounts of time for reflection.
If this was an aspect of Wild that you enjoyed, here are some books and movies you might also like:
A Blistered Kind of Love: One Couple’s Trial by Trail by Angela Ballard (Memoir)
A young suburban couple’s adventure-filled trek along the Pacific Crest Trail details the personal and physical challenges they faced, their encounters with wildlife and fellow hikers, and the stunning scenery they discovered.
Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell (Fiction)
After the violent death of her father, Margo takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother.
Walking the West: Hiking 2600 Miles from Mexico to Canada (DVD Documentary)
A New Zealander and an Irishman quit their jobs in San Francisco, cash in their savings and walk from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Into the Wild (DVD)
Based on Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book, this movie tells the story of Chris McCandless, who dropped out of his privileged life and traveled around the country before heading into the “wild” of Alaska.
Feel free to add any other titles you’d recommend in the comments.