Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of articles from The Rumpus. The advice columnist (known as Sugar) was Cheryl Strayed and she tackled – head on – the problems of those who were in need of guidance. So, what makes Dear Sugar different from other advice columns? Well that would be Cheryl Strayed inimitable style and stories of perseverance.
Strayed broke the conventions of the advice columnist. She opted not to offer cold detached words of wisdom that, let’s be honest, often seem full of contrition and moral direction. Nope, Strayed did her own thing and used experiences from her own rich history to help those coming to her for counsel.
Due to the nature of Tiny Beautiful Things, it is difficult to give a breakdown of what the contents are, however, I can say that it makes you appreciative of all the things that you have going for you. Someone – inevitably those featured in the book asking for advice and those included in the responses – always has it worse.
Read this Tiny Beautiful Things; it is an easy pick up/put down read. You never know, some of the advice given could be relevant to your own experiences.
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed is available now.
Title: Brave Enough – A Mini Instruction Manual for the Soul
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Pages: 176 Pages
Across the world, millions of people have found life and depth in the words of Cheryl Strayed. Whether it has been in her bestselling memoir Wild or in her collection of advice on love and life, Tiny Beautiful Things, she has been a companion to those who feel alone, a balm to those who hurt, a co-conspirator to those who laugh, and a steel-toecapped boot to those who need tough love. In this courageous and glittering collection of quotes and thoughts, Cheryl Strayed shows that no matter how much life might get you down, words can have the power to pick you back up.
Like Cheryl Strayed, I love a good quote and also like Cheryl Strayed – I collect them. I have books, diaries, scraps of paper used as bookmarks all with quotes scribbled on. What Cheryl Strayed has done has compiled a list of quotes that she has said or that others have said that inspire her. We have to give Strayed her due: the woman says some clever things.
Overall, Brave Enough is just a nice little collection to dip in to. If you are having a lousy time or a day that isn’t going your way, Strayed always seems to have some advice at the ready.
Give it a whirl, people. You know you want to.
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed is available now.