Girl in the Woods

Girl in the Woods

A Memoir
Written by Aspen Matis
Narrated by Stephanie Tucker
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Girl in the Woods

A Memoir
Written by Aspen Matis | Narrated by Stephanie Tucker
Seeking healing, Aspen set out to take on the Pacific Crest Trail — and her grueling experience leads her to a path of perseverance and triumph. She chronicles her transformative journey in this book that left Cheryl Strayed, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild, saying, “Mercy. I love this story.”

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Girl in the Woods is Aspen Matis's exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada—a coming of age story, a survival story, and a triumphant story of overcoming emotional devastation. On her second night of college, Aspen was raped by a fellow student. Overprotected by her parents who discouraged her from telling of the attack, Aspen was confused and ashamed. Dealing with a problem that has sadly become all too common on college campuses around the country, she stumbled through her first semester—a challenging time made even harder by the coldness of her college's "conflict mediation" process. Her desperation growing, she made a bold decision: She would seek healing in the freedom of the wild, on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada.

In this inspiring memoir, Aspen chronicles her journey, a five-month trek that was ambitious, dangerous, and transformative. A nineteen-year-old girl alone and lost, she conquered desolate mountain passes and met rattlesnakes, bears, and fellow desert pilgrims. Exhausted after each thirty-mile day, at times on the verge of starvation, Aspen was forced to confront her numbness, coming to terms with the sexual assault and her parents' disappointing reaction. On the trail and on her own, she found that survival is predicated on persistent self-reliance. She found her strength. After a thousand miles of solitude, she found a man who helped her learn to love and trust again—and heal.

Told with elegance and suspense, Girl in the Woods is a beautifully rendered story of eroding emotional and physical boundaries to reveal the truths that lie beyond the edges of the map.

Categories: Nonfiction
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Run time: 14 hours and 33 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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