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Tiny Beautiful Things

Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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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.

©2013 Cheryl Strayed (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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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I've listened to it 6 times.

Excellent.
Strayed writes beautifully, with all the grit and grace of a truthseeker and a master storyteller. I will come back to this book many times

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  • Karen Osborn
  • 12-01-13

I really like Cheryl Strayed

Would you consider the audio edition of Tiny Beautiful Things to be better than the print version?

Yes, I particularly like to tone and inference in the readers voice to add weight to the text, makes it more meaningful somehow.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not really a character driven book, Cheryl is the main focus, well her answers and understanding of the issues is and so she is the star!

What about Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond (Intro) ’s performance did you like?

Yep, like the intro very much, gave the book some context as I couldn't quite work out how Cheryl got to be an online agony aunt - now I know.

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

No, I liked my daily dose of Cheryl and the letters, I rather like the fact that I could pick up with this each day on my walk to work.

Any additional comments?

If she writes a stack more, I will buy them all.

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  • Sparky
  • 06-11-13

ITS A GREAT LISTEN

Bought it on the strength of just this website and i wasn't disappointed. Nor will you be

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  • Helen
  • 07-08-13

Buy One For Everyone You Know!

If you could sum up Tiny Beautiful Things in three words, what would they be?

Warm, Wise, Wonderful.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it! I wish I'd had Sugar in my life as I was growing up. Sugar's advice is wise, warm, witty and comes from the heart. I love the way she relates the issues to her own experiences - she is certainly well qualified to give advice but is never patronising and always kind - even to the ones who don't appear to deserve it! This is like getting a hug from your best friend. I've bought a copy for each of my daughters and will be recommending it to anyone who'll listen.

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

Cheryl - but it's an unfair contest as it's her book and Steve only reads the intro.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes - the chapter about the "horrible stories chair" - I can't add much more as I don't want to spoil it, but after working tirelessly for some help for these girls, the advice Cheryl gave them was spot on and incredibly moving. Also, the chapter towards the end where Cheryl works with the boys and the tea party they arrange. Sob.

Any additional comments?

As well as being an interesting and entertaining read, I know that there's some really sound advice in here. Now that I've "read" the book right through, I'll definiely be going back to pick out random chapters - each a good story in their own right. I loved it. Thanks Cheryl.

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  • Craig
  • 05-08-13

My new favourite book

I have read lots of self-help books in my life time yet none have been told in quite the same way as Cheryl Strayed. I first found Strayed in the book Wild which is on of the only books I have ever read more than once. This book is packed full of advice on every part of life, the best and the worst, full of humor and tears, just a joy to listen to and I am so glad that I stumbled across this little gem.

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  • Bdurrans
  • 08-05-19

Touched

Cheryl and her art will live with me forever. I didn’t know how this was going to end but it was just perfect. I feel so emotional! Must read x

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  • Jude Davis
  • 07-13-19

should have crying real tears in public warning

Another beautiful book from this bright, thoughtful, deeply feeling, witty, kind, insightful, deliciously expressive writer. Would be an ideal gift for when you don't know what to buy someone. If you don't love it you might want to wonder if you're human.

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  • Moriam. O. Baruwa
  • 07-02-19

Truly Truly Tiny Beautiful things

What a book!! I cried during some parts, gasped, laughed and was absolutely memorised. This book cracked my heart wide open. It is so humbling, it will make you angry and loving, compassionate all within a short space of time. A true reflection that we are not alone in our sorrows and experiences. That we are responsible for what we do and who we create ourselves in the world- we all need to do the work individually, get out our own way and do what is deeply right for us not what is easy. I loved loved loved this book. And the narration was excellent. It was as though I was listening to a wise aunty all the way through. Worth reading!!

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  • CSquared
  • 01-03-19

Beautiful

I haven't enjoyed a book this much for ages. So very heart warming and insightful.

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  • Rachel lane
  • 11-25-18

Moving, inspiring, enlightening.

Beautifully created, curated and narrated - a delight to listen to and a pleasure to noodle on during my travels.

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  • Starry eyed enigma
  • 10-25-18

What a joy!

Having Cheryl Strayed read this book was just the icing on the cake. Cheryl Strayed had once before inspired me when I had read her book, Wild. And here she is doing it again. I just loved her responses as Sugar, so much so, that now I want to own a copy of this book just to use as my personal guide and voice in times of difficulty😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-19

Heartbreakingly brilliant.

If there ever existed a guidebook to life, love, death and all the mess and beauty in between. This is it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-19

Life Changing

This book has touched me in a place I never knew existed.
A must read for anyone, of any age or gender

I feel changed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-18

Amazing

This is a life changing book. Cheryl has a voice of kindness, truth and balance that taps my very soul. I love Dear Sugars, in all its forms. Cheryl’s voice reverberates in my ears at different points of days and months, and no doubt years. Ultimately it says listen carefully for your truth and do the work. I love this book and the humanity behind it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-18

Clear-eyed, generous, tough and true.

Listening to this book is like being held gently and firmly in the capable, practical, tender hands of Dear Sugar.

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  • Lilly
  • 09-14-17

Soup for your soul

Answered honestly and compassion.
Sugar Strayed but has clearly found her way in the universe and beyond.

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  • Patrick
  • 08-10-17

practical wisdom and insights

This was just a stunning read - I am an experienced social worker of 25 years and I just so enjoyed the reality checks, practical wisdom and insights offered by Ms Strayed. The way she responds to readers is that unique and finely balanced approach of not being patronising or avoiding the issues but addressing it in a way which shares insights and skills with the broader audience.

this tiny beautiful book has many gems to offer those open to receiving them - I recommend this wholeheartedly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-17

What a gem!

I couldn't stop listening to this book. Full of so much wisdom and exquisite stories about being human.

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  • Sonja Bates
  • 09-03-16

delightful

what a wonderful collection of advice! loved it so very much. i hope my daughter will listen to it now. so much compassion. Cheryl you are an angel. so wise. what a treasure you are

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  • JamieM
  • 05-29-17

Just phenomenonal

Read this book, a glimpse into the beauty and tragedy and opportunity of life. A must read.

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  • Kim
  • 08-23-16

A thousand gifts

This is a book to be heard not read. Superb, wise, the voice of God talking through a brave soul. I hear Strayed's advice now ring through my own dilemmas without having to consult her directly. A gift.

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