I am 2/3rds into Wild. It is more battle than beauty (the author is battling a lot more than nature in the text). As such it isn't a "quiet with peaceful thoughts" read, but I will certainly recommend it. I remember A.C recommending it to me two years before she went on the Camino, so it's been on my list. There is a movie coming out shortly too. But don't take my word for it, Check it out at the library (after I return it).