Book Talk: Wild

no spoilers, read on!

I know I’m probably late to the party, but I recently finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed and LOVED IT. You guys, it is so good.

Book Talk via Imperfect Chevron: Wild

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Wild illustrates the true-story of author Cheryl Strayed’s journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s an easy-to-read narrative with great voice, and the book is well organized. I was amazed to read about the trials and tribulations Strayed went through on the trail; it was such an honest portrayal. And it was very inspirational, reading about somebody who took on such a monumental challenge and succeeded, even though she struggled and experienced some failures along the way. I mean, I’m not going to be taking on the Pacific Crest Trail anytime soon, but it made me feel like I should really push myself in different challenging aspects of my life. Strayed was constantly facing her fears and experiencing set-backs on the trail, and somehow she came out the other end stronger.

In short, it’s a quick but a great read. I would definitely recommend it to my friends. I love non-fiction narratives like this one–there’s just something great to be learned from other peoples experiences. If you’re looking for a new read, Wild may just be the one for you!

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Book Talk: Orphan Train

(No spoilers in this post–go ahead and read on!)

I have to admit — I haven’t been reading much.

I do feel like grad school is a fairy good excuse; with the long hours of classes, hours of studying, and lots of other things going on in my life, I really don’t have the time (or energy!) to sink into a good book at night.

But it is unfortunate. So when my mom raved about Orphan Train over the phone this fall, I knew I had a great read for my winter break.

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Christina Baker Kline weaves a captivating story through the narration of two characters: 17 year old Molly and 91 year old Vivian, who are sort of thrown together without knowing how much they have in common. Both are orphans, and both have experienced hardship in their lives (though their stories are very much different!). While the writing isn’t prose, Kline does an excellent job of telling an important story, and I couldn’t put the book down. I finished it in 2 days. If you’re looking for a great story that you could potentially finish in a weekend, this is the book.

The amazing part about the orphan train in the story is that it’s more fact than fiction–between the late 1800s and early 1900s, orphaned children were loaded onto trains and driven town-to-town, hoping they’d be selected from a lineup and finally have a place to call home. I have to admit that I was intrigued enough by the history that I did a little research on orphan trains after I finished the book. I just couldn’t stop thinking about the story!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read and a captivating story–I really enjoyed reading it, and I hope you do, too!

xo.

 

Book Talk: Lying

I was assigned this novel for one of my classes, and I was surprised to find it so enjoyable! Usually, books required for classes are dry and flat, long-winded and often difficult to understand. But this novel was one that I’d recommend to my friends and family, and I hope that some of you find it enjoyable, too!

Lying

Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir is a unique read from cover to cover. Lauren Slater delights with the challenge of determining what is real vs. not-real in this powerful tale of her life. She weaves together the story of her youth, when she was diagnosed with epilepsy and started to develop neurological and psychological difficulties. Slater also struggled with the compulsion to lie for much of her life, which is apparent in the novel–it makes it difficult to discern what has actually happened in her life, and what has not. This is a beautiful aspect of the novel, though frustrating at times, because it is an accurate depiction of her personal experiences. In a sense, it doesn’t really matter what the “truth” is; through numerous metaphors, Slater is able to communicate her experiences with her illness, as well as her recovery through creativity and storytelling.

I had a hard time putting this novel down–I read it in one weekend! Of course, I was working under a school deadline, but I think I would’ve finished it pretty quickly no matter what. It’s a really powerful story. This is a quick read, just over 200 pages, and it really pushes you to think about how we all create our own stories about how we see the world.