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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 and a new introduction by Steve Almond.
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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.

©2013 Cheryl Strayed (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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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    Karen Osborn 01/12/2013
    Karen Osborn 01/12/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Aylesbury, United Kingdom 08/07/2013
    Helen Aylesbury, United Kingdom 08/07/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sparky London, UK 11/06/2013
    Sparky London, UK 11/06/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "ITS A GREAT LISTEN"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Denny, United Kingdom 08/05/2013
    Craig Denny, United Kingdom 08/05/2013 Listener Since 2006
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T P Stephenson 27/07/2015
    T P Stephenson 27/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Enlightening and compassionate"
    What made the experience of listening to Tiny Beautiful Things the most enjoyable?

    That it was read by the author, I felt I was with her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors direct way of delivering a take on situations with such compassion and humility


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

    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.


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

    No, it's a pick up here and there type of book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. J. J. White Somerset, England 15/07/2015
    Ms. J. J. White Somerset, England 15/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "great read"

    love this book. she tells it as it is. I listened to it over a few weeks.

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    UMAGA 16/05/2015
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    "overrated"

    I bought book after seeing the positive comments and reviews but found myself disagreeing with many of the responses.

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    GIFT CARD RECIPIENT 27/02/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved the book, didn't want it to end.
    Highly recommended. Look forward to listening to more books by this author.

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    jasmin 17/02/2015
    jasmin 17/02/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing. Life lessons for everyone."

    Amazing. Life lessons for everyone.
    One reviewer said buy a copy for everyone you know. She is right and I have already passed this gem of a book on.

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    Laura Gilbert 12/02/2015
    Laura Gilbert 12/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating wealth of heartfelt advice"

    A strangely captivating wealth of heartfelt advice for living a good life.

    Everyone can relate to something in this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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