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
"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)
I admit skipping some of the stories, the ones I just couldn't relate to. This however doesn't change the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Strayed's writing is jagged honest perfection.
Cheryl somehow has an answer for every question that seems completely unanswerable. She has charm, wit, and heartbreaking kindness that all come across wonderfully in her thoughtful letters.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who may have a question about anything that might seem impossible to overcome. Sugar will help you find your way.
Quit reading Wild bc it wasn't the book for me at the time I was reading it. Listened to this on audible. Loved it. It made me want to go back and finish Wild and know more about this woman who writes so beautifully and cares so deeply.
I never think anything is awesome but this book is. It was like reading Dear Abby, if Dear Abby had no constraints. Sugar curses and reveals facts about herself that are usually taboo. Yet, it all worked to make me feel human and contemplate what is humanly possible. She helped convince me to forgive others and myself.
Like putting o a pair of glasses and being able to see. This is class every soul should experience. Learning how to walk around the elephant. I'm so thankful this book came to me. It's made my life better.
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