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.
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"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)
Yes, I particularly like to tone and inference in the readers voice to add weight to the text, makes it more meaningful somehow.
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!
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.
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.
If she writes a stack more, I will buy them all.
Warm, Wise, Wonderful.
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.
Cheryl - but it's an unfair contest as it's her book and Steve only reads the intro.
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.
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.
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.
I loved Wild so I sought out any other books by Cheryl Strayed and I'm so glad I did! Her writing is extraordinarily touching and yet light. I was so moved by the stories of the people who wrote to the Dear Sugar column, and equally by Cheryl's replies. She's a spectacular writer, I couldn't stop listening, I finished the whole book in two days. So so beautiful, I urge you to listen to this right away, and then all her other books too. Strayed will be among your new favourite authors for sure.
That it was read by the author, I felt I was with her.
The authors direct way of delivering a take on situations with such compassion and humility
There were no characters, just situations. However I loved her explanation of when she and Mr Sugar were first together and they negotiated their sex life.
No, it's a pick up here and there type of book.
I was intrigued by the idea of this book as my only previous experience of advice columns has been in magazines and was not sure how it would translate to an audio book. However I think that this format works very well as the author the able to add the tone and emphasis to the answers that she gives to the problems that can only increase the understanding.
The author give her answers the letters in a thoughtful, kind and very honest way that cuts through all the noise and gets to the underlying issue. Her own life experiences are spoken about as examples in answers, where thing went right, where they went wrong and how difficult it can be to do the things you know are right.
I will be listening to this again and will give it to my children when they are old enough.
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