What's striking about Cheryl Strayed's writing is its radical sincerity and vulnerability. She pens personal essays as responses in her advice column Dear Sugar
(which was written anonymously until recently
), dishing out loving, thoughtful advice to questioners she addresses as "honey bun" and "sweet pea." Her new memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
, which she'll be reading from and signing Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Colfax
, lays out another aspect of Strayed's life: her daunting 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Fresh from losing her mother to cancer and getting a divorce, the young Strayed decided to complete this arduous hike as a way to get back to herself. And through the course of the beautifully-written book, she does. We caught up with the Strayed about her new memoir, giving advice, and her love for Snapple Lemonade.