Tiny Beautiful Things

Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar (2012)

Wow. That's what I kept thinking as I read Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things.  Just wow.This is the kind of book that is about so much more than simple advice for an individual. As Sugar, Strayed takes her readers' questions and uses them to examine larger questions about love and life that are in many ways universal . She does so in a gut-wrenchingly truthful way. I will be honest, this book is not always a comfortable read. There are stories in it that are painful and horrific. Yet even in these stories there is beauty and hope. It illuminates all that is beautiful and brutal in the world. Raw, powerful, emotional, tender, sorrowful, and hopeful, Tiny Beautiful Things touched me at my core, made me think deeply, and is staying with me in a powerful way. There is a fair amount of profanity (so if that is a deal-breaker for you, be warned) yet the writing is so luminous that it didn't bother me in the least. In fact, given the subjects, it seemed fitting, even necessary. This is a book that I will highly recommend to all my friends and family, but I will not loan out my copy for fear of it not being returned. It's just that good.

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