The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind--And Almost Found Myself--On the Pacific Crest Trail


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Harper Perennial
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5.4 X 7.96 X 0.96 inches | 0.67 pounds

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About the Author

Dan White is the author of The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind and Almost Found Myself on the Pacific Crest Trail, a NCIBA bestseller and Los Angeles Times Discovery selection. He has taught composition at Columbia University and San Jose State. He is the contributing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader and received his MFA from Columbia University. He lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife and daughter.


"Dan White forges miles past travelogue to carve a poignant, uproarious, and deeply compelling love story between man, woman, and the land between. The Cactus Eaters is as impressive and enjoyable as the ground it covers."--Franz Wisner, NY Times Bestselling Author of Honeymoon with My Brother
"In the well-written, laugh-out-loud, self-deprecating spirit of Bill Bryson's A Walk In The Woods and Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally, Dan White takes us along for a walk on the wild side of adventure and love. I could not put it down."--Eric Blehm, National Outdoor Book Award-winning author of THE LAST SEASON.
"It is a funny, frequently harrowing, and altogether mesmerizing memoir about just how wrong a backpacking expedition can go....'The Cactus Eaters' is far more than a Sierra Club-approved romp. It's gorp for the soul, a fascinating and surprisingly moving testament to the call of the wild."--Steve Almond, Boston Globe
"Drawing on diaries he kept at the time, White polishes up these memories, serving them forth with brio and dash...[The Cactus Eaters] brings a fresh perspective to the timeworn adventure-travel genre."--Kirkus Reviews