At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage soon dissolved. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone. Her #1 New York Times bestseller Wild chronicles the story of her impulsive and ultimately healing adventure. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon's production company, Pacific Standard. Strayed is also author to New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things and the novel Torch, and her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Allure, The Missouri Review, The Sun, The Rumpus — where she has written the popular "Dear Sugar" column since 2010 — and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into 28 languages. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their two children.