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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar | [Cheryl Strayed]

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns.
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Publisher's Summary

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns and a new introduction by Steve Almond. Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.

©2012 Cheryl Strayed (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"A realistic and poignant compilation of the intricacies of relationships." (Kirkus Reviews)

"These pieces are nothing short of dynamite, the kind of remarkable, revelatory storytelling that makes young people want to become writers in the first place. Over here at the Salon offices, we're reading the columns with boxes of tissue and raised fists of solidarity, shaking our heads with awe and amusement." (Sarah Hepola, Salon)

"Charming, idiosyncratic, luminous, profane.... [Sugar] is remaking a genre that has existed, in more or less the same form, since well before Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts first put a face on the figure in 1933.... Her version of tough love ranges from hip-older-sister-loving to governess-stern. Sugar shines out amid the sea of fakeness." (The New Republic)

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    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 05-31-14
    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A not so tiny beautiful thing ..."

    If everyone had a "Sugar" in their pocket, a go-to guru, sister, mother, confidante like Cheryl ... what a wonderful resource that would be for those of us that don't. Sugar digs deep to deliver heartfelt, soul-searching advice. No flip "quippy" designed for print answers here.. Sugar responds with painstaking detail, honesty and compassion to questions of all magnitudes. I envision her agonizing for days and weeks over responses, as we see so many of her advice seekers capture her heart. Sugar, will you be my confidante?

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    Derek United States 08-09-13
    Derek United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Don't think it could have been.


    What could Cheryl Strayed have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Used much, much less vulgar language.


    Have you listened to any of Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond (intro) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to WILD and loved it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Serious disappointment. Did not even make it through the first half of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could get my credit back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaina Jersey City, NJ, United States 03-15-13
    Elaina Jersey City, NJ, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Dissapointing Narration"

    This book is probably better read as a hard copy. I "returned it" after listening for about an hour because the narration was really annoying. I loved "Wild" and really wanted to like this book as well. Cheryl reads the answer to every question pausing for emphasis way too often. It is as if - every. single. thing. she. says. is. so. very. important... Narrated like a state of the union address. She also inserts a lot of terms of endearment (such as "sweetpea") a little too often and at inappropriate times, which was also annoying. After listening to a lot of books with great narrators, I just could not listen anymore. Also, the book deals with some heavy subject matters (such as abuse, etc.) and I started to feel depressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandi Vernon, BC, Canada 02-11-13
    Sandi Vernon, BC, Canada 02-11-13

    I work in a Library! I am a reader from way back but now I am a listener too!

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    "Comforting and enjoyable"

    This is the kind of book you can truly enjoy getting lost in as it's a different kind of story where there are many stories within the pages.
    Cheryl's voice is comforting to say the least as she reads her own writing.

    Sugar's approach to dealing with her followers with their complex and difficult situations, is not usual at all, yet perfect.

    A wonderful book that I enjoyed due to Cheryl Strayed's blunt yet poetic way of dealing with obstacles and less than pretty challenges many of us face while navigating the roads of life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh HANFORD, CA, United States 02-07-13
    Josh HANFORD, CA, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A big beautiful book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tiny Beautiful Things to be better than the print version?

    Well, yes. I think all authors should read their own work when possible, and hearing Strayed's voice as she retold some of these stories was very moving. I wasn't sure how an advice column would translate to audiobook format, but it was a very good read--fun, and in small, digestible bits.


    Which character – as performed by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond (intro) – was your favorite?

    I love Strayed and Almond both equally. They're awesome Sugars.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Tiny Beautiful Things?

    I think Strayed's message on the whole is one of kindness--to ourselves and to each other--and that's one that I hope will stick with me. Or I'll just listen to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Maple Ridge, BC 01-30-13
    Karen Maple Ridge, BC 01-30-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Spectacular!"

    This is a book I will go back to (or "to which I will go back," for grammar snoots)...it's filled with wisdom and humanity, and leavened with humour and profanity, all of which make for an experience to be treasured.

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    Amazon Customer New York, NY 01-14-13
    Amazon Customer New York, NY 01-14-13

    lchandra

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    "excellent real life stories"
    What did you love best about Tiny Beautiful Things?

    honesty and compassion of the writer.
    the humanity


    What did you like best about this story?

    different issues in different level


    What does Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond (intro) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the tone of her reading


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no. it's too deep


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Jamestown, CA, United States 12-24-12
    Patricia Jamestown, CA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Delicious Spoonfuls of Sugar"

    After listening to several intense books, I wanted something inspirational. I loved "Wild" and knew that Strayed could inspire, but I wondered how well an advice column would work in audio-format. Turned out to be a bit like a podcast, and I got what I wanted in terms of inspiration. Strayed's thoughtful, narrative essay responses knocked my socks off again and again. Just how did she get so smart and savvy? The answer to that question is in the stories she embeds in each response. Life well lived made her "Sugar." And though some of the entries were way more intense than I anticipated or was looking for, Cheryl turned every query and every response into a tiny beautiful thing.

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    Sarah Ladysmith, BC, Canada 10-23-12
    Sarah Ladysmith, BC, Canada 10-23-12
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    "Probably a book that is better read than heard"
    What did you like best about Tiny Beautiful Things? What did you like least?

    The little chunks of life advice that I could apply to myself. Some deep insight that at times affected me to the core.


    If you’ve listened to books by Cheryl Strayed before, how does this one compare?

    I thought because it was read by the author that it would be awesome but I was very disappointed. I had recently listened to Wild by Cheryl Strayed. That book was absolutly outstanding so I thought this book would be the same. I guess it all depends on the narrator :)


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrartion was without any emotion, almost monotone and detatched.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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