Monday, February 1, 2016

Brave Enough

Brave Enough 
By Cheryl Strayed
Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. 135 pgs. Nonfiction

In 2012 Cheryl Strayed published Wild, a memoir of her experience hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Now, Strayed has published a collection of quotes that includes excerpts from Wild as well as her other various essays, interviews, and speeches. Strayed adamantly states in her introduction that she is not trying to be the boss of anyone, but that she hopes to inspire readers -- and herself -- to be kind, grateful, bold, honest, forgiving, generous, and brave enough.

This small book is beautiful both in its content and form. Strayed shares heartfelt and honest quotes that vary in length as well as font, making the visual experience as striking as the sentiment of the quotes. Having read and enjoyed Wild, I was excited to read Strayed's newest publication. I was not disappointed. I might not connect with all of the author's opinions and life experiences, but I sure appreciate her blunt and beautiful self-reflection.


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