Tiny Beautiful Things

Tiny Beautiful Things

Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar

Book - 2012
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"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, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780307949332
0307949338
Branch Call Number: 070.444 St829T 2012
Characteristics: xi, 353 pages ; 21 cm

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Writer Strayed penned an anonymous online advice column, Dear Sugar, for two years. This collection of her columns inspired Nia Vardalos’ theatrical adaptation.


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ArapahoeTina Nov 02, 2019

I really loved the hard-won wisdom in this book. The questions Strayed tackles are pretty standard—from love and relationships, to grief and loss—but it’s her striving to be a better person, and the grace she grants her audience, that makes this stand out.

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mickie_4
Oct 01, 2019

I thought this was tedious and extremely self-absorbed. There's a ridiculous amount of pointless swearing, and that's coming from someone who's been to both Sturgis and Daytona, with bikers where you'd expect a lot of crudeness (there was very little). She goes into gross detail about her molestation, which is completely irrelevant and selfish to what she was asked and then she kills a small bird for no reason but her own narcissism (that everything revolves around her). This is a cruel person and I won't ever read her formulaic and tedius material again. Once an addict, always an addict (they only think about themselves and what they can get). Leave it to one to kill a helpless baby bird and make it about them. Disgusting.

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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

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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ArapahoeTina Nov 21, 2019

“Wanting to leave is enough.”

ArapahoeTina Nov 21, 2019

“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.”

ArapahoeTina Nov 21, 2019

“Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you'll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you'll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.”

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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