“The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.”
Title: Tiny Beautiful Things
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Page Count: 192 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Vintage, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date:July 10, 2012
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
Non-fiction has always been a bit of a struggle for me. I really have to sit and focus and read and it’s such a different experience for me as a primarily ficiton devourer. There are a few non-fiction authors out there who have captured me. Off the top of my head I immediately think about Mary Roach. She mostly writes about science topics (see Bonk, her research on sex and Stiff, her research on what happens to your body when you donate it to science). There’s a lot out there and I just never know where to start. David Sedaris (business) is on my list to try and so is Jen Sincero (self-help).
So here I was thinking I should really try some of the authors on my growing list of non-fiction titles to read when my darling friend shoves Tiny Beautiful Things (Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar) by Cheryl Strayed. Yes, the Cheryl Strayed the author of Wild. I remember reading Wild when I was younger and not completely connecting with it because I was so young. But I still enjoyed it. So I decided to give this book a try.
Back in the 2010-2012 a small advice column came out called Dear Sugar. I have no memory of this but my coworker does. She mentioned it was the first time she read an advice column that was 100% truthful and 100% real. Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of some of those letters and replies. I read these on my lunch break while eating and I looooved them! It was so relatable even if you didn’t relate to the particular letter. Strayed somehow gets to the core of the human complex and really tells you how it is.
I’m sad to give the book back to my friend. I definitely want a copy for myself to read again when I’m older. Loved it! I really need to try those other non-fiction books on my list now. Maybe for my next lunchtime read.