This book was recommended to me by my husband's aunt - it would never have come up on my radar without her suggestion. I enjoy the occassional memoir, but a whole book about hiking isn't exactly my cup of tea. However, Strayed's story really worked for me. I enjoyed reading about her struggles and successes on the PCT. I felt that I could relate to her in unexpected ways. The book really picks up once she begins her hike and it's hard to put down.