This book moved me. Cheryl Strayed is an amazing woman, with amazing stories, and beautiful words. I will revisit this again and again. Salve for a broken, battered heart.
One of the best, most beautiful works I have ever listened to. Sugar is without a doubt the most lovingly truthful person I have ever heard.
The descriptions indicated this was a funny while dark at time book that was ultimately inspiring. I guess that you could say that, but it is rarely funny. Very serious. Good to listen to if you are in need of a good cry, but a horrible casual listen. It's more of a self help book than expected.
This is a delightful read: touching, funny, and wise. You don't have to agree with every piece of advice to enjoy the thought-provoking questions and responses from the Dear Sugar advice column.
Love non fiction, history, treasure hunts, lost causes, steps back I. Time
Each letter was answered in a direct, straight forward way, based on the author's personal experiences and insight. What a wise woman!
none that I have ever read.
Her ability to make each answer convey love and hope along with support and courage.
Yes, when she shared her personal experiences with her father and her journey to wholeness.
Get this book for yourself. It is thought provoking, comforting, upsetting, and beautiful.
Cheryl Strayed is truly a beautiful thing. I can't wait to read more from her.
I already have. It's sound advice on love and life from a woman who is not only emotionally intelligent but a terrific writer. Listening to this book made me feel safe and understood and not alone.
The writer of the Dear Sugar column Cheryl Strayed of course. I love how she opens up and uses her own life experience to empathically connect with her readers. It's a beautiful thing.
I'm glad she narrated. Having her do so was a good match for the authenticity of her writing.
Boundaries. The importance of boundaries, and that "f-----ed up people will try to tell you otherwise but boundaries have nothing to do with whether you love someone or not. They are not judgments, punishments or betrayals. They are a purely peaceable thing: the basic principals you identify for yourself that define the behaviors that you will tolerate from others. Boundaries teach people how to treat you and they teach you how to respect yourself."
Excellent excellent excellent. Absolutely worth every penny.
Got this book on a recommendation and found that when I listened to it on the subway to work I found myself hearing these stories of rape incest drugs and cheating to put me in the absolute worst mood- not what I thought it would I don't even want to Finish it quitting half way through for my own piece of mind. Would be good for someone dealing with these type of issues.
One of the letters to Sugar mentioned something along the lines of her words sounding almost sacred. I completely understand this comment. She is very thoughtful in her responses, but this isn't the what I find the most beautiful thing about her columns. Sugar is a paragon of tolerance. No matter what background you are from or what you have done in the past... there is hope and a way forward (though she fully recognizes it will not be easy in many circumstances). Her past experiences lend credit to her responses and lead her to typically provide concrete advice to her writers.
This book doesn't really contain characters, so I will mention a few of my favorite letters/responses. These profound meaning behind these excerpts are the ones that I try to carry with me.Her response to the Lusty Broad: "There’s a poem by Adrienne Rich I first read twenty years ago called 'Splittings' that I thought of when I read your letter. The last two lines of the poem are: 'I choose to love this time for once / with all my intelligence.' It seemed such a radical thought when I first read those lines when I was twenty-two—that love could rise from our deepest, most reasoned intentions rather than our strongest shadowy doubts."The Ghost Ship: "Every life, Tranströmer writes, 'has a sister ship,' one that follows 'quite another route' than the one we ended up taking. We want it to be otherwise, but it cannot be: the people we might have been live a different, phantom life than the people we are."
This is one of the few cases in which a book is appropriately narrated by the author. Cheryl reading her responses as she indented them to be conveyed adds integrity to the work.