Sigma Kappa Book ClubStaring Nov. 1, the Live Sigma Kappa Blog will be launching its very own virtual book club. Each month, a new book will be announced. I will pose discussion questions for us to think about at the end of my post. Once you read the book, please add your thoughts or questions to the comments section. My goal is to introduce new books and authors to SK readers while perhaps providing a new idea about the book we read.


Wild Book Cover

Our first book will be Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed. You can visit the author’s website or check it out on Google Books where you find out where to purchase the book or get it at your local library.

It was an Oprah book club selection, however, this isn’t my reason for choosing the book. I have a personal love of memoirs, and this one has been in my to-read pile for quite some time, always calling out to me! This memoir is about a woman who is grieving the loss of her mother, a divorce, drugs, and an otherwise chaotic and unsettling life. Her discoveries and personal journey of endurance and perseverance are throughout her story as she treks along the entire Pacific Crest Trail. You can see videos and read an excerpt on her website to get a sample of the book’s first chapter. It is a New York Times bestseller and has been an acclaimed novel on many lists and sites, including being a Goodreads Reader’s Choice for 2012.  If you are on Goodreads, please join our Sigma Kappa Group!  Goodreads is a social site for book lovers and readers. You can see what your friends are reading, keep track of the books you read or want to read, and more. You can link Goodreads with your Facebook account, among several other sites. We already have a small number of members, but we would love to have more.

While reading Wild, you may want to learn more about the Pacific Crest Trail, a hiking trail that spans three states and borders both Canada and Mexico. Check out the US Deptartment of Agriculture where you can view an interactive map and learn the history. Visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association to learn about a nonprofit group that preserves and protects the trail. Watch a PBS special about a couple who rides horses from the start to the finish of the trail in one year, a feat everyone said could not be done.

Happy Reading! Please check in with us on Dec. 1 and tell us what you thought of the book!  You can also email me with questions or suggestions for future picks. 


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3 Responses to New Sigma Kappa Book Club!

  1. […] you may have seen recently on the the blog, this month launches the Live Sigma Kappa Book Club, with the first pick being Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I read this memoir earlier this year and enjoyed […]

  2. Cheryl Strayed writes in an open and honest style. She tells it like it is, warts and all. She needs something to change her life, and the catalyst is a book about the trail. She takes to the trail to make sense of her mother’s death and her failed relationships. On it she learns to trust and there are many real illustrations that what you do can have all kinds of consequences.

  3. Teri Centner Teri Centner says:

    It wasn’t clear to me whether the hike was just for itself or whether she planned to write a book about it. Since she waited so long to write it, I thought perhaps she came up with the idea long after the hike was over…

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