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Book Title: Girl in the Woods: A Memoir|
The size of the: 570 KB
Edition: William Morrow
Date of issue: September 8th 2015
The author of the book: Aspen Matis
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780062390615
Read full description of the books Girl in the Woods: A Memoir: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 speaking 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 she found her strength, and after a thousand miles of solitude, she found a man who helped her learn to love and trust again—and heal.
Read information about the authorAfter being raped on her second night at college, Aspen Matis dropped out. Depressed and shocked that her school didn't believe and protect her, she sought solace in a remote wilderness; she found the Pacific Crest Trail and hiked the entire length, over 2,000 miles from Mexico to Canada.
Her memoir, GIRL IN THE WOODS (HarperCollins), was published September 2015.
Matis is a Riggio Honors Fellow at The New School and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, The PEN American Center, and the Authors Guild. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Marie Claire, Salon, and Psychology Today.
She lives in Greenwich Village.
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