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Wish List

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR – YOU MIGHT JUST GET IT…
Buddy is just your average guy, So imagine his surrise when he fills in a survey on a wish-fulfilment website and only days later hooks up with the hottest actress in Hollywood.
But as Buddy is about to discover, in life, you have to read the small print. When he finds out the gruesome price he must pay to the architects of the Wish List, he knows there’s only one man he can call to get him out of this nightmare: Donovan Creed, killer-for-hire.

Wish Come True

*First love. Young love. Holiday love…*
*Wish Come True* is a collection of contemporary, new adult, holiday short stories by some of our favorite authors!
**A Very English Christmas by Keira Andrews**
Isaac and David have created a new life together outside the Amish world. Living “English,” they’ve left behind the rigid, isolated community where they discovered their forbidden love. Staying with Isaac’s older brother in San Francisco, they yearn for a home—and bed—of their very own. As they experience the bright lights and merry carols of modern Christmas for the first time, can they make their holiday wishes come true?
**Mr Perfect’s Christmas by Joanna Chambers**
Sam Warren’s new job hasn’t been going so well so the last thing he’s in the mood for is the obligatory office Christmas party, particularly since Nick Foster’s going to be there. Nick–the guy whose shoes Sam has been trying to fill–seems to take very opportunity to point out where Sam’s going wrong. But when Sam receives an unexpected Secret Santa gift at the party, he’s forced to question his assumptions about his rival. Could it be that he’s been misinterpreting Nick’s actions all along? And is it possible that his reluctant attraction to Nick is reciprocated?
**The Christmas Ship by Amy Jo Cousins**
When a twink who’s finally ready to grow up accidentally catfishes a college football player headed to the NFL, it’s going to take a lot of honesty and all the faith they can muster in their own One True Pairing to set this Christmas ship sailing.
**That Thing by Megan Erickson**
Helping his wedding planner sister work an event is not Devin Master’s idea of what he wants to do on his winter break from college. But saying no to his sister isn’t in his wheelhouse, which is why he finds himself embedded in a drama-filled wedding. His first task? Babysit the “troublesome” best man.
Adrian Alvarez wants to do just about anything on New Year’s Eve except attending his best friend’s wedding. Ever since Adrian came out, he’s been shunned in his hometown. By everyone but his best friend, Tony. Which is why he finds himself trudging through the airport to fulfill his best man duties. He doesn’t expect to find out his ride to the hotel is a hot blond with a cocky grin.
Devin can’t get involved with a member of the wedding party, or his sister will kill him, and Adrian just wants to lay low and not draw attention to himself. But neither can resist the chemistry between them and they have to decide if they are willing to ignite or let their attraction fizzle out.
**Just Like Heaven by Suki Fleet**
One rainy night in December, David helps a busker with pretty eyes get his stolen money back. He doesn’t imagine the strong attraction he feels is mutual. But after overcoming his shyness, David discovers Jess is definitely interested.
Jess just isn’t interested in anything but a one night stand. Or maybe two. Falling for David is definitely not part of his plan. But when David gets trapped in a snowstorm the night before Christmas Eve, Jess realises a night or two is never going to be enough.
**Not Your Grandfather’s Magic by Kaje Harper**
A month away from Zeb Crowe’s twenty-first birthday — just a month before the ceremony that will awaken his psychic heritage — Zeb’s grandfather predicts cryptically, “Hold your mind and heart ready, and something good will come to you.” Shortly afterward, Zeb meets Matt, a smart, gawky, unexpectedly appealing guy who might warm the lonely corners of his heart. But is Matt really the “something good” his grandfather predicted? And is it fair to get close to him, when very soon Zeb’s whole life will change? If Zeb’s dad wasn’t missing, or his grandfather wasn’t such an enigmatic old bastard, his path to love, or power, would be so much clearer.
**Bottle Boys by Anyta Sunday**
Benjamin Otto is a bottle of liquid luck. Good looks. Good brain. Whatever the challenge: good odds. Except, what happens when those odds change?
Dad’s had enough bankrolling Ben and requests him to get a job. The challenge: make enough money to finance Christmas or face telling his little brother the holidays are dead.
Then there’s Sebastian. The guy from his politics class who is always coming in second after him. The guy who steals Ben’s idea to collect bottles for quick cash. The guy who makes Ben wonder if any amount of luck will be enough to win him what he really wants…
Edited by Lenore DiTrani
Cover by KaNaXa
*Proceeds will be donated to Lost-N-Found Youth , an Atlanta-based nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths to age 26 off the street and transition them into more permanent housing.*

Wintersmith

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch — now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance — the crossover from summer to winter — she does what no one has ever done before and leaps into the dance. Into the oldest story there ever is. And draws the attention of the wintersmith himself.As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down on the land, can Tiffany deal with the consequences of her actions? Even with the help of Granny Weatherwax and the Nac Mac Feegle — the fightin’, thievin’ pictsies who are prepared to lay down their lives for their “big wee hag.”**Wintersmith** is the third title in an exuberant series crackling with energy and humour. It follows **The Wee Free Men**.*From the Hardcover edition.*

Winter’s heart

SUMMARY: The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. THE WHEEL OF TIME Book One: “The Eye of the World”Book Two: “The Great Hunt”Book Three: “The Dragon Reborn”Book Four: “The Shadow Rising”Book Five: “The Fires of Heaven”Book Six: “Lord of Chaos”Book Seven: “A Crown of Swords”Book Eight: “The Path of Daggers”Book Nine: “Winter’s Heart”Book Ten: “Crossroads of Twilight”

Winter Stews & One-Pot Dinners

Winter stews and casseroles don’t have to be boring. Here are 50 surprisingly simple updates on classic recipes, most of which can be prepared ahead of time and cooked when you’re ready to eat. After all, the last thing you want to do after a long day of chilly weather is shop for hard-to-find ingredients in order to prepare an elaborate dinner. Forget about that! Feed the whole family in no time with these stick-to-your-bones dishes, including: Creamy Chicken Casserole Beef Stroganoff Sausage and Spiral Pasta Bake Cajun-Style Chicken Stew Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes These hearty eats will hit the spot, and bonus: There will be plenty of leftovers for lunch, snacks, or another quick dinner.
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A Winter Haunting

A once-respected college professor and novelist, Dale Stewart has sabotaged his career and his marriage — and now darkness is closing in on him. In the last hours of Halloween he has returned to the dying town of Elm Haven, his boyhood home, where he hopes to find peace in isolation. But moving into a long-deserted farmhouse on the far outskirts of town — the one-time residence of a strange and brilliant friend who lost his young life in a grisly ”accident” back in the terrible summer of 1960 — is only the latest in his long succession of recent mistakes. Because Dale is not alone here. He has been followed to this house of shadows by private demons who are now twisting his reality into horrifying new forms. And a thick, blanketing early snow is starting to fall …

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Winter Birds

In this stunning book, Lars Jonsson celebrates and explores the beauty of the birds that surround him during the Swedish winter months. Inspired by the desolate, wintry landscapes, the dazzling light and the stark contract of colours he observes against the snow, Jonsson has created an unparalleled collection of art.
Jonsson illustrates each bird in his classic style, and his text provides information on their behaviour and insights into how to identify them as he shares personal observations as both an artist and ornithologist. This unique combination offers an intimate and compelling opportunity to better understand the method behind one of the world’s preeminent bird artists.
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### Sinossi
In this stunning book, Lars Jonsson celebrates and explores the beauty of the birds that surround him during the Swedish winter months. Inspired by the desolate, wintry landscapes, the dazzling light and the stark contract of colours he observes against the snow, Jonsson has created an unparalleled collection of art.
Jonsson illustrates each bird in his classic style, and his text provides information on their behaviour and insights into how to identify them as he shares personal observations as both an artist and ornithologist. This unique combination offers an intimate and compelling opportunity to better understand the method behind one of the world’s preeminent bird artists.
### L’autore
**Lars Jonsson, **artist, author, and ornithologist, was born in 1952. As both a field guide author and artistic interpreter of birds and nature, he holds a unique position internationally. He lives in Sweden in southern Gotland, where he draws his inspiration from the shores and the rich bird life of the open cultivated countryside.

The Winning Hand

# 1 *New York Times* and *USA Today* bestselling author Nora Roberts enchants again with this beloved classic about the passionate and headstrong MacGregor family.
When Darcy Wallace spends her last three dollars at the hotel casino and wins the jackpot, all casino manager Robert MacGregor Blade wants to do is protect her. But something about the lovely young woman is getting under Mac’s skin and playing havoc with his big brotherly intentions. He knows that if he wants to win her over, he’ll have to take the biggest gamble of his life.…
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Windows Virus and Malware Troubleshooting

Make your PCs as secure as possible and limit the routes of attack and safely and completely remove all traces of malware and viruses should an infection take place.

Whatever version of Windows you’re using, the threat of virus and malware infection is always a common danger. From key loggers and Trojans, intent on stealing passwords and data, to malware that can disable individual PCs or even a company network, the cost to business in downtime and loss of productivity can be enormous.

What You’ll Learn:

* Recognize malware and the problems it can cause

* Defend a PC against malware and viruses

* Configure advanced Windows features to prevent attack

* Identify types of malware and virus attack

* Discover third-party tools and resources available to help remove malware

* Manually remove malware and viruses from a PC

Who This Book Is For

IT pros, Windows expert and power users and system administrators

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Windows 10: Guida Compatta

Un manuale compatto ed essenziale che guida alla scoperta e all’utilizzo di Windows 10, il sistema operativo Microsoft più diffuso al mondo. Tutto quello che serve per partire con il piede giusto, scoprendo la nuova interfaccia e l’atteso ritorno del menu Start, per imparare a muoversi tra file e cartelle, scoprire gli strumenti per la produttività e l’intrattenimento e navigare in Rete in totale sicurezza. Un manuale dedicato a tutti quelli che desiderano cominciare a utilizzare il computer partendo dalle basi.
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### Sinossi
Un manuale compatto ed essenziale che guida alla scoperta e all’utilizzo di Windows 10, il sistema operativo Microsoft più diffuso al mondo. Tutto quello che serve per partire con il piede giusto, scoprendo la nuova interfaccia e l’atteso ritorno del menu Start, per imparare a muoversi tra file e cartelle, scoprire gli strumenti per la produttività e l’intrattenimento e navigare in Rete in totale sicurezza. Un manuale dedicato a tutti quelli che desiderano cominciare a utilizzare il computer partendo dalle basi.

Windows 10 for Seniors in easy steps, 3rd Edition

Windows 10 for Seniors in easy steps, 3rd edition is written with older citizens in mind. This best-selling guide uses larger type for easy reading and takes you through the essentials a step at a time. It will help you to:

· Install or upgrade to Windows 10, and customize it to suit your needs

· Master the key features of Windows 10 on your Windows device (including PCs, laptops and touch devices)

· Find your way around with the Start button, the Start menu, and the new Taskbar

· Use the Quick Access section – an area you can personalize with your favorite apps, programs, contacts and websites so you can quickly get to the functions and files you use most often

· Search the web with the Microsoft Edge browser

· Learn about apps, find and download them, then resize and move them and maximize, minimize or close from their titlebars

· Understand how Cloud storage with OneDrive works, and use it for free storage and sharing files

· Talk to Cortana, the voice-activated Personal Digital Assistant which can perform searches on your computer or the web, perform actions like opening apps or documents, or set reminders and more

This guide is filled with tips and shortcuts to help you get the most out of Windows 10, whatever your level of experience and whichever type of PC system you are using.

Covers the April 2018 Update.

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The Wind Through the Keyhole

**Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba**
*The Wind Through the Keyhole* is another of Master of Horror Stephen King’s *New York Times *bestselling installment in the massively popular Dark Tower series, a fabulously satisfying standalone story and a perfect addition to the series for new fans and old fans alike.
Roland Deschain and his ka-tet*—*Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two…and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.
In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the *Magic Tales of the Eld *that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.
King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. *The Wind Through the Keyhole *is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland’s world and testimony to the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.
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The Will to Battle

***The Will to Battle***—**the third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer’s Terra Ignota series**—**a political science fiction epic of extraordinary audacity**
**“A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent.” ****—Ken Liu, author of *****The Grace of Kings***
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The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end.
Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location.
The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world’s stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held.
The Hives’ façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away.
Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone—Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints—scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war.
**“*Seven Surrenders* veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven’t had this much fun with a book in a long time.” —Max Gladstone, author of *Three Parts Dead***
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**Terra Ignota Series**
1. *Too Like the Lightning*
2. *Seven Surrenders*
**3. *The Will to Battle***
At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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### Review
‘Part novel, part series of nested essays, part project, The Will to Battle is much greater than the whole; an exercise in both narrative flexibility and philosophy … It’s a powerful expression of what the genre can do’ Starburst magazine. ‘Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent’ Ken Liu. ‘The kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do’ Jo Walton. ‘Bold, furiously inventive, and mesmerizing … The best science fiction I’ve read in a long while’ Robert Charles Wilson.
### About the Author
Ada Palmer is an author, historian and composer. She did her PhD at Harvard, teaches History at the University of Chicago, blogs at ExUrbe.com, composes close harmony folk music and performs with the a capella group Sassafrass.

The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener

Promoting a holistic ecological view, Tammi Hartung encourages you to invite wildlife into your garden. You’ll be amazed at how a variety of natural pollinators, pest predators, and soil enrichers can promote vibrant and healthy vegetables. Discover how a slug problem disappears once you’ve introduced a pond housing bullfrogs, how wasps can take care of tomato hornworms, and why skunks aren’t so bad after all. Learn how to garden with animals, rather than against them, and reap your most bountiful harvest yet.

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Wilde About Her: Paranormal Romance (The Wilde Pack Book 1)

He’ll do anything to protect his mate – The last place Denim Barr wants to be is back in Justice, Texas. But after she catches her boyfriend in bed with her best friend, the college graduate decides the farther away she is from Oklahoma the better. So when her grandfather asks her to spend the summer working at the diner, she packs her bags and heads to Texas. She’s prepared to spend the next few months wallowing in self-pity when into the diner walks gorgeous horse breeder Jackson “Jax” Wilde. Denim hasn’t seen the sexy bad boy in eight years and when she discovers him shape-shifting in the woods, she realizes Jax has changed in more ways than one. Denim is the one girl Jax has never been able to get out of his head. But nothing good could ever come of the two of them because he’s a werewolf and Wildes don’t mate with humans. Besides he’s the heir to the most influential pack in the south and destined to marry an alpha female from another powerful family. But now that Denim’s back in Justice, Jax can no longer deny the need to claim her as his. Unfortunately, a scorned she-wolf, is bent on revenge, swearing to get rid of any woman who stands in the way of her marrying a Wilde. But Jax will do whatever it takes to protect his mate.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Angie Daniels is a free spirit who isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind or even better, write about it. Since strutting onto the literary scene in five-inch heels, she’s been capturing her audience’s attention with her wild imagination and love for alpha men. The USA Today Bestselling Author has written over twenty-five novels for imprints such as BET Arabesque, Harlequin/Kimani Romance and Kensington/ Dafina and Kensington/Aphrodisia Books. For more information about upcoming releases, and to connect with Angie on Facebook, please visit her website at [www.angiedaniels.com](http://www.angiedaniels.com).

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, *Wild* vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
### Amazon.com Review
**Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2012:** At age 26, following the death of her mother, divorce, and a run of reckless behavior, Cheryl Strayed found herself alone near the foot of the Pacific Crest Trail–inexperienced, over-equipped, and desperate to reclaim her life. *Wild* tracks Strayed’s personal journey on the PCT through California and Oregon, as she comes to terms with devastating loss and her unpredictable reactions to it. While readers looking for adventure or a naturalist’s perspective may be distracted by the emotional odyssey at the core of the story, *Wild* vividly describes the grueling life of the long-distance hiker, the ubiquitous perils of the PCT, and its peculiar community of wanderers. Others may find her unsympathetic–just one victim of her own questionable choices. But Strayed doesn’t want sympathy, and her confident prose stands on its own, deftly pulling both threads into a story that inhabits a unique riparian zone between wilderness tale and personal-redemption memoir. *–Jon Foro*
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“A rich, riveting true story . . . During her grueling three-month journey, Strayed circled around black bears and rattlesnakes, fought extreme dehydration by drinking oily gray pond water, and hiked in boots made entirely of duct tape. Reading her matter-of-fact take on love and grief and the soul-saving quality of a Snapple lemonade, you can understand why Strayed has earned a cult following as the author of Dear Sugar, a popular advice column on therumpus.net. . . . With its vivid descriptions of beautiful but unforgiving terrain, *Wild* is a cinematic story, but Strayed’s book isn’t really about big, cathartic moments. The author never ‘finds herself’ or gets healed. When she reaches the trail’s end, she buys a cheap ice cream cone and continues down the road. . . . It’s hard to imagine anything more important than taking one step at a time. That’s endurance, and that’s what Strayed understands, almost 20 years later. As she writes, ‘There was only one [option], I knew. To keep walking.’ Our verdict: A.” —Melissa Maerz, *Entertainment Weekly*

“Strayed’s journey was as transcendent as it was turbulent. She faced down hunger, thirst, injury, fatigue, boredom, loss, bad weather, and wild animals. Yet she also reached new levels of joy, accomplishment, courage, peace, and found extraordinary companionship.” —Marjorie Kehe, *Christian Science Monitor*

“It’s not very manly, the topic of weeping while reading. Yet for a book critic tears are an occupational hazard. Luckily, perhaps, books don’t make me cry very often. Turning pages, I’m practically Steve McQueen. Strayed’s memoir, *Wild* , however, pretty much obliterated me. I was reduced, during her book’s final third, to puddle-eyed cretinism. I like to read in coffee shops, and I began to receive concerned glances from matronly women, the kind of looks that said, ‘Oh, honey.’ To mention all this does Strayed a bit of a disservice, because there’s nothing cloying about *Wild*. It’s uplifting, but not in the way of many memoirs, where the uplift makes you feel that you’re committing mental suicide. This book is as loose and sexy and dark as an early Lucinda Williams song. It’s got a punk spirit and makes an earthy and American sound. . . . *Wild* recounts the months Strayed spent when she was 26, hiking alone on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. There were very frightening moments, but the author was not chewed on by bears, plucked dangling from the edge of a pit, buried by an avalanche or made witness to the rapture. No dingo ate anyone’s baby. Yet everything happened. The clarity of Ms. Strayed’s prose, and thus of her person, makes her story, in its quiet way, nearly as riveting an adventure narrative as Jon Krakauer’s *Into the Wild* and *Into Thin Air*. . . . Her grief, early in this book, is as palpable as her confusion. Her portrait of her mother, who died of cancer at 45, is raw and bitter and reverent all at once. . . . *Wild* is thus the story of an unfolding. She got tougher, mentally as well as physically [and she] tells good, scary stories about nearly running out of water, encountering leering men and dangerous animals. . . The lack of ease in her life made her fierce and funny; she hammers home her hard-won sentences like a box of nails. The cumulative welling up I experienced during *Wild* was partly a response to that too infrequent sight: that of a writer finding her voice, and sustaining it, right in front of your eyes.” —Dwight Garner, *The New York Times*

“One of the most original, heartbreaking and beautiful American memoirs in years. . . . The unlikely journey is awe-inspiring, but it’s one of the least remarkable things about the book. Strayed, who was recently revealed as the anonymous author of the ‘Dear Sugar’ advice column of the literary website *The Rumpus* , writes with stunningly authentic emotional resonance— *W* ild *is brutal and touching in equal measures, but there’s nothing forced about it. She chronicles sorrow and loss with unflinching honesty, but without artifice or self-pity. There are no easy answers in life, she seems to be telling the reader. Maybe there are no answers at all. It’s fitting, perhaps, that the writer chose to end her long pilgrimage at the Bridge of the Gods, a majestic structure that stretches a third of a mile across the Columbia, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest. We think of bridges as separating destinations, just as we think of long journeys as the price we have to pay to get from one place to another. Sometimes, though, the journey is the destination, and the bridge connects more than just dots on a map—it joins reality with the dream world, the living with the dead, the tame with the wild.” —Michael Schaub, *NPR Books*

“Brilliant. . . pointedly honest . . . Part adventure narrative, part deeply personal reflection, *Wild* chronicles an adventure born of heartbreak. . . . While it is certain that the obvious dangers of the trail are real — the cliffs are high, the path narrow, the ice slick, and the animal life wild — the book’s greatest achievement lies in its exploration of the author’s emotional landscape. With flashbacks as organic and natural as memory itself, Strayed mines the bedrock of her past to reveal what rests beneath her compulsion to hike alone across more than one thousand primitive miles: her biological father’s abuse and abandonment, her mother’s diagnosis and death, and her family’s unraveling. Strayed emerges from her grief-stricken journey as a practitioner of a rare and vital vocation. She has become an intrepid cartographer of the human heart.” —Bruce Machart, *Houston Chronicle*

“Strayed writes a crisp scene; her sentences hum with energy. She can describe a trail-parched yearning for Snapple like no writer I know. She moves us briskly along the route, making discrete rest stops to parcel out her backstory. It becomes impossible not to root for her.” —Karen R. Long, *The Cleveland Plain Dealer*
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*“[A] vivid, touching and ultimately inspiring account of a life unraveling, and of the journey that put it back together. . . . The darkness is relieved by self-deprecating humor as [Strayed] chronicles her hiking expedition and the rebirth it helped to inspire. . . . *Wild* easily transcends the hiking genre, though it presents plenty of details about equipment ordeals and physical challenges. Anyone with some backpacking experience will find Strayed’s chronicle especially amusing. Her boots prove too small. The trail destroys her feet. Then there is the possibility of real mortality: She repeatedly finds herself just barely avoiding rattlesnakes. Strayed is honest about the tedium of hiking but also alert to the self-discovery that can be stirred by solitude and self-reliance. . . . Pathos and humor are her main companions on the trail, although she writes vividly about the cast of other pilgrims she encounters. Finding out ‘what it was like to walk for miles,’ Strayed writes, was ‘a powerful and fundamental experience.’ And knowing that feeling has a way of taming the challenges thrown up by modern life.” —Michael J. Ybarra, *The Wall Street Journal*

“Strayed’s journey is the focal point of *Wild* , in which she interweaves suspenseful accounts of her most harrowing crises with imagistic moments of reflection. Her profound grief over her mother’s death, her emotional abandonment by her siblings and stepfather, and her personal shortcomings and misadventures are all conveyed with a consistently grounded, quietly pained self-awareness. On the trail, she fends of everything from loneliness to black bears; we groan when her boots go tumbling off a cliff and we rejoice as she transforms from a terrified amateur hiker into the ‘Queen of the PCT.’ In a style that embodies her wanderlust, Strayed transports us with this gripping, ultimately uplifting tale.” —Catherine Straut, *ELLE*

“Spectacular. *Wild* is at once a breathtaking adventure tale and a profound meditation on the nature of grief and survival. . . . . Strayed’s load is both literal and metaphorical—so heavy that she staggers beneath its weight. . . . Often when narratives are structured in parallel arcs, the two stories compete and one dominates. But in *Wild* , the two tales Strayed tells, of her difficult past and challenging present, are delivered in perfect balance. Not only am I not an adventurer myself, but I am not typically a reader of wilderness stories. Yet I was riveted step by precarious step through Strayed’s encounters with bears, rattlesnakes, mountain lion scat, ice, record snow and predatory men. She lost six toenails, suffered countless bruises and scabs, improvised bootees made of socks wrapped in duct tape, woke up one time covered in frogs, and met strangers who were extraordinarily kind to her. Perhaps her adventure is so gripping because Strayed relates its gritty, visceral details not out of a desire to milk its obviously dramatic circumstances, but out of a powerful, yet understated, imperative to understand its meaning. We come to feel how her actions and her internal struggles intertwine, and appreciate the lessons she finds embedded in the natural world. . . . Strayed is a clearheaded, scarred, human, powerful and enormously talented writer who is secure enough to confess she does not have all the answers. . . *Wild* isn’t a concept-generated book, that is, one of those great projects that began as a good, salable idea. Rather, it started out as an experience that was … *