Tiny Beautiful Things

Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar

Strayed, Cheryl

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Tiny Beautiful Things
"Tiny Beautiful Things" brings the best of Cheryl Strayed's published and never-before-published online columns in one place and includes a new introduction by Steve Almond.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780307949332
Branch Call Number: 070.444 S913t 2012
Characteristics: xi, 353 p. ;,21 cm


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The best of Cheryl Strayed's sensitive and eloquent Dear Sugar advice columns from The Rumpus website.

Radically honest and loving words of wisdom from Cheryl Strayed as advice columnist ‘Sugar’. When feeling lost or uncertain, pick it up, read a few entries, regain perspective, repeat.

Absolutely beautiful. Sweet, but tough love advice on just about anything life throws your way.

Radically honest and loving words of wisdom to those facing some of life’s greatest challenges, from Cheryl Strayed as advice columnist ‘Sugar’.

I didn't think a collection of online columns would have such a deep impact. And I was blown away by how this book spoke to the part of me that feels like an outsider. I recommend this book for everyone with a beautiful rebel living inside them.

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Jun 27, 2014
  • magsdaisy17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book - oh, so good. It was raw, honest, and refreshing. It's like the best friend you need to give you the brutral truth - but with so much sympathy and empathy it almost hurts. Strayed writes so, so well. I wanted to copy and hang some of the letters and quotes all over my home as a reminder of some of these bits of wisdom.

The responses that 'Dear Sugar writes are insightful, sad, uplifting, and prophetic, they will touch your heart and make you want to read them out loud to everyone. There are letters from struggling young adults just out of college, folks in unhappy marriages, people suffering from financial disaster, and over 60's looking for love. ‘Dear Sugar’ provides such beautifully crystalline and compassionate advise that you will want everyone you know, especially your friends and loved ones in need of a lift to read this book.

Nov 10, 2013
  • nik38 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This authors writing style is beautiful in that the words just flow seamlessly. I have not come across such a writer in years and look foward to other works by Strayed.

Oct 25, 2013
  • rsalvino1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Pick this book up. Now. You don't have to read the whole thing. In fact, you may just want to read one advice column at a time so that you can ponder it. You may not even get through the whole book, but it doesn't matter. Even one advice column will be enough to help you deal with whatever challenges you face. The letters from Cheryl's advice seekers make you realize that many of us face hard challenges in our lives. We're in good company. Yet Cheryl channels a ancient, beautiful wisdom to help us handle our difficult situations. She's there side-by-side with those who submit their problems to her. She pours out loving yet firm advice.

Sep 07, 2013
  • Lauren31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book - oh, this book! I initially had taken this book out of the library but then loved it so much I ran out to buy my own copy before I was halfway through. Lots of little gems in here, Cheryl Strayed has a way of tugging at the heartstrings.

Aug 28, 2013
  • aisha65 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

She is a wonderful author.

Jun 08, 2013
  • Anna81 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sugar's advice columns are raw, heartfelt, and a joy to read. She weaves in elements of her own tough life when giving advice to others. She's gritty, funny, and has a wonderful writing style. Best book I've read in a long time.

May 03, 2013
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sugar blew me away. Strayed offers advice under the pseudonym Sugar on therumpus.net. Here’s a collection of the best of her advice, which reads like a memoir since Sugar infuses her advice with stories from her own amazing life. Intense, inspirational, sad, funny, and real, be prepared to let Sugar suck you in. If you liked this collection, try Savage Love by Dan Savage.

Mar 28, 2013

I dare you to read this collection of Strayed's advice columns and not be moved. I also found it odd that critics found her personal stories narcissistic and meandering. Au Contraire Mon Frere - her stories reveal her brokenness, her unworthiness, her poor judgement and the tragic acts she's endured at the hands of others. She has walked through the fire and she is still standing strong. God Bless her!

Dec 11, 2012
  • matateishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a beautiful little advice book. The anonymous Sugar is full of love and concern for those who present their problems to her, and manages to weave relevant hints of her own past into her answers. There is a touching poignancy here that inspires us all to try to live a better life.

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