Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: Discussion and book club guide.

Three Critics Debate Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: The Language, the Heartbreak, and Reese

Three Critics Debate Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: The Language, the Heartbreak, and Reese

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Oct. 10 2014 1:03 PM

The Audio Book Club Goes Wild

Slate’s critics discuss Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of a summer on the Pacific Crest Trail.


To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Wild, click the arrow on the player below.

This month, Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, Slate staff writer Katy Waldman, and New York Times Book Review editor Parul Sehgal discuss Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild, the story of her dangerous and emotionally turbulent hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Slate’s critics debate whether Strayed’s voice gets out of control and whether the book’s structure impedes its storytelling, and anticipate the movie adaptation coming out this fall starring Reese Witherspoon.


Next month’s Audio Book Club selection is Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land, the third in his Magicians trilogy. Read it, check out our review, and join us for our next discussion on Nov. 7.

Visit our Audio Book Club archive page for a complete list of the more than 60 books we’ve discussed over the years. Or you can listen to any of our previous club meetings through our iTunes feed.


Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.


Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

Parul Sehgal is an editor at the New York Times Book Review.

Katy Waldman is a Slate staff writer.