Cheryl Strayed Essay
Marlo, a cat she adopted from the local pound, angles up to her for some affection and Strayed halfheartedly shoos him away.Her other cat, Gulla, which was nearly dead when she found it on a highway in New Mexico while she was a resident at the Wurlitzer Foundation fifteen years ago, hides in Strayed’s bedroom.The Fear of Vicious, Cackling Strangers Gave Her Second Thoughts When I finished the book, I said to myself, "What have I done?" I really thought, "You are insane, Cheryl, for having written a memoir." With fiction, you can hide behind it.You can say, "Some of these things are true—but not all of them." With a memoir, it's "Here I am!" I was telling the whole world about who I was and what had brought me to this one experience. I was terrified, and I thought, "If people don't like the book, they really just don't like me." Wild was chosen as the first selection in Oprah's Book Club 2.0 in 2012.March 22, 2018, Noon, Graduate Student Q&A March 22, 2018, 5 p.m., Public Lecture with Book-signing, A&S Auditorium. Books will be available for sale from the University Store.March 23, 2018, Noon, Undergraduate Student Q&A Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir WILD, the New York Times bestsellers TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS and BRAVE ENOUGH, and the novel TORCH.
There's this weird point in writing where you both can see the work really clearly and deeply—and then also you can't see it all.The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of WILD stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi.The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby.A Rogue Flu Swept in and Took Over Her Life While I was writing Wild, both my kids were in preschool. Writing is part intuition and part trial and error, but mostly it’s very hard work.They were born 18 months apart, and we don't have anyone that takes our kids for free. Exhaustion Turned into a Voice in Her Head "I give up! Next: How she overcame her starving artist status 4.Her books have been translated into forty languages around the world.WILD was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.Though Strayed never actually put pen to paper on the trail, by the time she finished the hike she had composed the entire book in her head.Torch, about a family reeling from crisis, was well received, praised by, among others, George Saunders, with whom Strayed studied in the program at Syracuse University and who called the novel “a wonderful and heartening accomplishment.” But the more heartfelt and honest book Strayed was conceiving of on the trail—though she didn’t know it at the time—was the chronicle of the trip that forms the backbone of her new memoir.She had intended to bury the cat when she found it, but it showed signs of life when she picked it up and, following a late night visit to a veterinarian in Taos, the cat miraculously survived. When her husband of twelve years, the documentary filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, arrives home briefly, the house brightens and fills with warmth.Strayed and Lindstrom chat quietly in the kitchen, and then he is gone again.