I’d already heard that this book (Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar) was wonderful, but when I read this review, entitled “The Self-Help Book That Women That Women Love to Give Each Other,” I couldn’t wait to start it.
It’s a compilation of advice columns from Dear Sugar, which were published online at therumpus.net by Cheryl Strayed, though, at the time, no one knew that the best-selling author was penning the advice. Sugar’s advice is often breathtaking, in that it’s so deeply rooted in her own experiences, and because Sugar (a.k.a. Cheryl) really goes for it. She calls things as she sees them with a completely unvarnished perspective and shares the places on her own journey that have convinced her that the path she suggests is the right one.
I’ve never read a book quite like it, and now I want to talk to other people who are reading it (which makes sense, given the aforementioned article).
Want to read it with me?
*As an aside, I want to mention that I’m reading this book differently than most of the others I’ve read in the recent (and not so recent) past. That is to say, I didn’t buy it on Amazon. I have been a huge fan of Amazon for a loooooooong time, and when I needed to purchase something (no matter what it was), I tried first to find it on Amazon. But given their questionable business practices aimed at driving out all competition (which is well-described by Stephen Colbert here), I no longer buy things from Amazon. If you love Amazon as much as I used to, I think you might want to look into the way they are behaving and bring your business elsewhere.