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Strayed, Cheryl. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from “Dear Sugar.” Vintage: Random. ISBN 9780307949332. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307949325. SELF-HELP
Strayed has made a career out of touching her readers’ lives with stories of her own. This collection of her “Dear Sugar” columns, which originally appeared on The Rumpus, may at first glance look like a nontraditional Best Book pick. Instead, Strayed’s columns transcend the genre that made Ann Landers famous. This is a book for readers who want to cry their eyes out but emerge feeling, somehow, stronger. (LJ 5/15/12)—Molly McArdle



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    Strayed, Cheryl. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from “Dear Sugar.” Vintage: Random. ISBN 9780307949332. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307949325. SELF-HELP

    Strayed has made a career out of touching her readers’ lives with stories of her own. This collection of her “Dear Sugar” columns, which originally appeared on The Rumpus, may at first glance look like a nontraditional Best Book pick. Instead, Strayed’s columns transcend the genre that made Ann Landers famous. This is a book for readers who want to cry their eyes out but emerge feeling, somehow, stronger. (LJ 5/15/12)—Molly McArdle

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  2. A lot of what might be called my political values are, to me, core ethical values. I think it’s immoral to condemn people because they are homosexual, for example. I think we are all deserving of compassion, assistance, forgiveness, and esteem. I think women have the right to make decisions about their private parts. I think we are all sacred, regardless of whether we believe in God. Those beliefs are everywhere in my column. I can’t separate them from who I am or the advice I give.

    — 

    Cheryl Strayed, on her personal political beliefs in Library Journal. (via kellybergin)

    God bless secular humanism.

    (via rachelfershleiser)

  3. Very early on, I realized that what had been the most helpful to me in times of sorrow or uncertainty were stories—fiction or nonfiction—sometimes in the form of poems, other times in novels or memoirs or short stories. So I decided to trust that and use storytelling in the column as a way of enlarging and deepening the questions the letter writers were asking me. The advice column is at heart an intimate exchange between two people who are addressing each other in a public forum. There’s a wonderful intensity inherent in that exchange that’s slightly different from the other genres I’ve written in, but I see all the work as parts of a whole.

    — Cheryl Strayed, on writing for “Dear Sugar,” from LJ’s recent Q&A.

  4. The worst advice I ever received was from my grandmother—my mother’s mother. She said I should never get entirely undressed in front of my husband, even during sex. Can you imagine?

    — Cheryl Strayed, on the worst piece of advice she’s ever been given, from LJ’s recent Q&A.

  5. Read LJ’s Q&A with Dear Sugar columnist and Wild author, Cheryl Strayed.

    Read LJ’s Q&A with Dear Sugar columnist and Wild author, Cheryl Strayed.

  6. I am so so excited to announce that my Q&A with Cheryl Strayed is appearing in the May 15 issue of LJ, along with a review of her forthcoming collection of Dear Sugar columns, Tiny Beautiful Things. It should be online in the next couple of weeks!

    I am so so excited to announce that my Q&A with Cheryl Strayed is appearing in the May 15 issue of LJ, along with a review of her forthcoming collection of Dear Sugar columns, Tiny Beautiful Things. It should be online in the next couple of weeks!

  7. LJ’s own Readers’ Advisory expert Neal Wyatt takes on Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.
She says of the memoir, “Strayed’s tale of self-destruction and self-reconciliation is an addictive one—an insightful, literary, and powerful combination of the inwardness of memoir and the fast pace of adventure quest,” and recommends read-alikes (Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild), read-arounds (Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail), and even watch-arounds (the 2002 documentary Walking the West: Hiking 2600 Miles from Mexico to Canada).
Click through for more, and keep an eye out out for an upcoming Q&A with Strayed as well as a review of her forthcoming collection of "Dear Sugar" columns, Tiny Beautiful Things, in LJ’s May 15 issue.

    LJ’s own Readers’ Advisory expert Neal Wyatt takes on Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.

    She says of the memoir, “Strayed’s tale of self-destruction and self-reconciliation is an addictive one—an insightful, literary, and powerful combination of the inwardness of memoir and the fast pace of adventure quest,” and recommends read-alikes (Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild), read-arounds (Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail), and even watch-arounds (the 2002 documentary Walking the West: Hiking 2600 Miles from Mexico to Canada).

    Click through for more, and keep an eye out out for an upcoming Q&A with Strayed as well as a review of her forthcoming collection of "Dear Sugar" columnsTiny Beautiful Things, in LJ’s May 15 issue.

  8. Last night’s Housing Works event, “A Wild Night with Sugar & the Rumpus,” buzzed and shivered. I know I wasn’t the only one in the audience wiping away tears.
Cheryl Strayed, author of the recently published memoir Wild (reviewed in the February 15 issue of LJ) and the much-beloved advice column Dear Sugar, read about all of the crazy, unnecessary things she tried to pack into her backpack at the start of her journey up the Pacific Crest Trail. (Though an audience full of New Yorkers was none the wiser about what constitutes a necessity and what doesn’t.)
Check out Wild, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about, and keep an eye out for Tiny Beautiful Things, a forthcoming collection of Dear Sugar columns, which I am currently crying my way through.

    Last night’s Housing Works event, “A Wild Night with Sugar & the Rumpus,” buzzed and shivered. I know I wasn’t the only one in the audience wiping away tears.

    Cheryl Strayed, author of the recently published memoir Wild (reviewed in the February 15 issue of LJ) and the much-beloved advice column Dear Sugar, read about all of the crazy, unnecessary things she tried to pack into her backpack at the start of her journey up the Pacific Crest Trail. (Though an audience full of New Yorkers was none the wiser about what constitutes a necessity and what doesn’t.)

    Check out Wild, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about, and keep an eye out for Tiny Beautiful Things, a forthcoming collection of Dear Sugar columns, which I am currently crying my way through.

  9. newyorker:

The Rumpus’s Dear Sugar columnist has revealed her true identity. The story, and an interview, on our Book Bench blog: http://nyr.kr/xUZcNW

Ladies and gentleman: Sugar is out! Your humble tumblrer, a Sugar-fan, was very surprised to realize this morning that she had already seen, assigned, and edited a review of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, her second book, coming out in March. The review appears in the February 15 issue of Library Journal, which comes out (surprise) today!
Here’s LJ’s 2005 review of her first novel, Torch:
Strayed, Cheryl. Torch. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. ISBN 9780618472178. Teresa Rae Wood signs off from her radio program Modern Pioneers with “Be incredible”—advice that Strayed, an award-winning short story writer and essayist, took to heart in her debut novel. This deeply moving tale set in small-town Minnesota recounts an exceptional woman’s death from cancer and how her family deals with their grief. What Teresa leaves behind when she dies—her voice on the radio, a well-worn red coat, a tube of pink lipstick—has the power to touch her husband and two grown children in painful and desperate ways. Each character deals with the loss privately, not wanting to let the others in, and yet each copes in similar ways. Strayed’s descriptions of her characters’ lives, where and how they live, what they remember, and what they wish to forget ring true and clear and make this novel an unforgettable read; highly recommended.—Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA
Library Journal, September 1, 2005

    newyorker:

    The Rumpus’s Dear Sugar columnist has revealed her true identity. The story, and an interview, on our Book Bench blog: http://nyr.kr/xUZcNW

    Ladies and gentleman: Sugar is out! Your humble tumblrer, a Sugar-fan, was very surprised to realize this morning that she had already seen, assigned, and edited a review of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, her second book, coming out in March. The review appears in the February 15 issue of Library Journal, which comes out (surprise) today!

    Here’s LJ’s 2005 review of her first novel, Torch:

    Strayed, Cheryl. Torch. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. ISBN 9780618472178.

    Teresa Rae Wood signs off from her radio program Modern Pioneers with “Be incredible”—advice that Strayed, an award-winning short story writer and essayist, took to heart in her debut novel. This deeply moving tale set in small-town Minnesota recounts an exceptional woman’s death from cancer and how her family deals with their grief. What Teresa leaves behind when she dies—her voice on the radio, a well-worn red coat, a tube of pink lipstick—has the power to touch her husband and two grown children in painful and desperate ways. Each character deals with the loss privately, not wanting to let the others in, and yet each copes in similar ways. Strayed’s descriptions of her characters’ lives, where and how they live, what they remember, and what they wish to forget ring true and clear and make this novel an unforgettable read; highly recommended.—Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA

    Library Journal, September 1, 2005