Title

The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed's Wild and the Art of Memoir

Author, Researcher, or Creator

Alden JonesFollow

Affiliation of Author, Researcher, or Creator

School of the Arts

Department

Writing, Literature and Publishing

Author(s)

Alden Jones

Resource Type

Book

Publication, Publisher or Distributor

Fiction Advocate

Publication Date

8-25-2020

Related Information

https://www.fictionadvocate.com/afterwords/the-wanting-was-a-wilderness/ Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMubnQo8aV4

Brief Description

How did Cheryl Strayed turn a solo hike into an inspirational memoir, beloved by millions? Memoirist and professor Alden Jones sets out to explore this question. But when a sudden personal crisis occurs while she is writing, Jones realizes she must confront some difficult truths, both in her life and on the page. The Wanting Was a Wilderness is a profoundly original work that blends criticism, craft analysis, and a memoir of Jones’s own time in the wilderness. The result is a celebration of Wild and a map of our long path to self-discovery.

Keywords

Wild, memoir, craft, creative nonfiction

Preferred Citation Style

MLA

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