Tiny Beautiful Things

Tiny Beautiful Things

Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar

Book - 2012
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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 bestselling memoir Wild - is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things brings 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."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books,, 2012
ISBN: 9780307949332
Branch Call Number: ANF 070.444 STR
Characteristics: xi, 353 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Almond, Steve

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jennab4
Apr 23, 2019

I was disappointed and I only made it about half of the way through. The author is a brilliant writer but not a great advice giver. Her responses got on my nerves. She would go on and on comparing it to her own life events and sometimes missing the point of the person who was asking for her help.

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tarachow
Jan 11, 2019

Narcissistic, self obsessed, patronizing. Truly belogne.

Amazing and highly recommended. It is a curated collection of letters to and from the Dear Sugar advice column by Cheryl Strayed. The letters published touch on love, loss, finances, and every other messy thing life has to offer. Dear Sugar’s voice is clear and strong and so rawly honest that I was completely mesmerised by this book, and have gone on to read Strayed’s Wild. Tears were shed. Pauses were taken in between letters. Definite bonus points for the audio version being read by the author. (submitted by TH)

ArapahoeMaryA Oct 02, 2018

In the introduction, Tiny Beautiful Things is described as both an “ad hoc memoir” and a sampling of advice replies Strayed wrote for her Dear Sugar column. As with any advice (solicited or unsolicited), some feels irrelevant and some resonates. The pearls of wisdom that resonate make the entire work definitively worthwhile.

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writermala
Sep 15, 2018

I am a huge fan of Cheryl Strayed (Yes, Wild.) I therefore, had high expectations from this book. This is probably why it was a let down. I felt the choice of letters to reply to were not that good and except for some really poignant queries, most were repetitive. Cheryl's answers too were not great - too much personal stuff, and way too long.

ArapahoeKati Jun 18, 2018

Incredible. So moving and insightful that I had to put it down for a week to let all my feels sink in. I will be purchasing this because it covers everything, from relationships to children personal struggles. Highly recommend!

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KMJ_
Dec 19, 2017

This book is a collection of the incredibly introspective Dear Sugar advice column that ran in Rumpus.net. The advice is never straight forward, instead advice seekers are slowly led to an answer that they probably already knew deep down inside. These answers show a different side of Cheryl Strayed. I had only known her from reading Wild before this. Here she is even more open, with heartbreaking details about her own life that inform readers of their own lives.

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patcarstensen
Jul 11, 2017

I read this right after reading about Liberia during the civil wars, so I'm thinking the stout-hearted get-off-the-couch attitude is all very well and good, but what do you do when your situation is such that your best efforts just get to flipped to the other side of the spider web of disadvantage you are on?

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charismaruth
Jun 17, 2017

Absolutely relatable and worth the read. It'll make you revisit feelings you've forgotten about and perhaps give you a new perspective of those things you can't seem to let go of.

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NRGR
Mar 06, 2017

Heartfelt advice - whether you agree or not. Real problems in everyday life - you know someone with these problems right now. Her compassion is real and tangible. But more than anything, I am so amazed and grateful for her beautiful use of the language.

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ArapahoeMaryA Oct 02, 2018

- Forgiveness doesn't sit there like a pretty boy in a bar. Forgiveness is the old fat guy you have to haul up a hill.

- The story of human intimacy is one of constantly allowing ourselves to see those we love most deeply in a new, more fractured light. Look hard. Risk that. Don't be strategic or coy. Strategic and coy are for jackasses. Be brave. Be authentic. Practice saying the word 'love' to the people you love so when it matters the most to say it, you will.

- Nobody's going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you're rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things befall you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It's up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.

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