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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Over a hundred lessons to be learned

Nice book.. Over a hundred lessons to be learned from love to hate and joy to sorrow

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Thoughtful beautiful heartfelt

The Tao de Ching says beautiful things are not true and true things not beautiful, but this is both.

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Awesome

I think I can keep this book for the rest of my life and listen to it whenever I am down, unsure, and feeling lonely. So much love, connection, and depth. Thanks, Cheryl!

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This might be the most intense, transparent, and blunt collection of words I have ever listened to


This might be the most intense, transparent, and blunt collection of words I have listened to. I deeply admire Cheryl Strayed, not only a spectacular and loving woman, but the author of this extremely powerful book.

I'm less wordy than Cheryl, but

My one critique of this is the anonymity. If people re-evaluated how powerful openness and pride in their personal beliefs are, I believe that many might change their anonymous stance. Being brave enough to put yourself, your thoughts, your beliefs, and your experiences 100% out to the world is something that can change people, and therefore change the world.

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I didn't know what to expect!

I cried and laughed out loud. My heart ached and swelled. Thank you for sharing this!!!

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Dearest Cheryl Sugar-

Flaws can make us stronger, like bone breaks heal thicker. Cheryl Strayed shows us not only the humanity behind our flaws but then puts the splint on us, rolls us out in the sun to heal and then cheers us on. I don't know Cheryl from a bag of beans but I respect her more than anyone almost. She's wise, funny and extremely insightful. If you read one book this year (and please, please read more than one book this year) let it be Tiny Beautiful Things. But warning: Cheryl has a little nurse ratchet in her and her words may just gut you, but oh the pain is so good.

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Soul and Life Changing... Thanks Sugar!!

There's not one person on the planet that wouldn't come away from this book a better person. I have sent it to at least 10 people!

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May be the book of a lifetime

I am ordering this for every human I know. I cannot hear a conversation without thinking of this book. It's so beautiful and raw, I cried and laughed and was touched at every moment. And that seems so overly simple compared to how deeply it touched me.

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Heart-wrenching and beautiful

Thank you for writing this book. I had no idea what incredible journey I would embark on by purchasing this. No way will I just listen to this once.

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Thank you!

This book was absolutely brilliant!! I am ready to listen to it all over again.