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Tiny Beautiful Things

Written by: Cheryl Strayed
Narrated by: Cheryl Strayed,Steve Almond (Intro)
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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling memoir Wild - is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers 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.

©2013 Cheryl Strayed (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A realistic and poignant compilation of the intricacies of relationships." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"These pieces are nothing short of dynamite, the kind of remarkable, revelatory storytelling that makes young people want to become writers in the first place. Over here at the Salon offices, we're reading the columns with boxes of tissue and raised fists of solidarity, shaking our heads with awe and amusement." (Sarah Hepola, Salon)
"Charming, idiosyncratic, luminous, profane.... [Sugar] is remaking a genre that has existed, in more or less the same form, since well before Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts first put a face on the figure in 1933.... Her version of tough love ranges from hip-older-sister-loving to governess-stern. Sugar shines out amid the sea of fakeness." ( The New Republic)

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beautiful life lessons

loved it, tho didn't enjoy the flat voice of the narrators, beautiful pearls of wisdom from a life sperm learning and living ...life's lessons

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Only the name is Tiny

Ideally the name of the book should have been Big Beautiful Things cos that's what it is about. The problems shared were big, but the solution were bigger, the sentiments were big, the experience of the author was big. thanks dearest Cheryl Strayed aka Ms Sugar

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-21

Healing for the self.

My husband died this year on the 4th January. Listening to this book has been such a comfort. It is good to remember that we are not alone in our pain and fighting for courage.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-09-20

Amazing book!

I enjoyed every single minute of it. Didn’t know she was such a great writer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-19

I've listened to it 6 times.

Excellent.
Strayed writes beautifully, with all the grit and grace of a truthseeker and a master storyteller. I will come back to this book many times

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  • Moriam. O. Baruwa
  • 02-07-19

Truly Truly Tiny Beautiful things

What a book!! I cried during some parts, gasped, laughed and was absolutely memorised. This book cracked my heart wide open. It is so humbling, it will make you angry and loving, compassionate all within a short space of time. A true reflection that we are not alone in our sorrows and experiences. That we are responsible for what we do and who we create ourselves in the world- we all need to do the work individually, get out our own way and do what is deeply right for us not what is easy. I loved loved loved this book. And the narration was excellent. It was as though I was listening to a wise aunty all the way through. Worth reading!!

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  • Karen Osborn
  • 01-12-13

I really like Cheryl Strayed

Would you consider the audio edition of Tiny Beautiful Things to be better than the print version?

Yes, I particularly like to tone and inference in the readers voice to add weight to the text, makes it more meaningful somehow.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not really a character driven book, Cheryl is the main focus, well her answers and understanding of the issues is and so she is the star!

What about Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond (Intro) ’s performance did you like?

Yep, like the intro very much, gave the book some context as I couldn't quite work out how Cheryl got to be an online agony aunt - now I know.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I liked my daily dose of Cheryl and the letters, I rather like the fact that I could pick up with this each day on my walk to work.

Any additional comments?

If she writes a stack more, I will buy them all.

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  • Starry eyed enigma
  • 25-10-18

What a joy!

Having Cheryl Strayed read this book was just the icing on the cake. Cheryl Strayed had once before inspired me when I had read her book, Wild. And here she is doing it again. I just loved her responses as Sugar, so much so, that now I want to own a copy of this book just to use as my personal guide and voice in times of difficulty😊

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  • Craig
  • 08-05-13

My new favourite book

I have read lots of self-help books in my life time yet none have been told in quite the same way as Cheryl Strayed. I first found Strayed in the book Wild which is on of the only books I have ever read more than once. This book is packed full of advice on every part of life, the best and the worst, full of humor and tears, just a joy to listen to and I am so glad that I stumbled across this little gem.

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  • twixi123
  • 17-12-19

You will think and feel so much

I loved every word in this book. It is like the best friend, kindest stranger, most loving sister - all coming into your life through the audiobook. It is also read so so beautifully by the author. Thank you.

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  • Helen
  • 08-07-13

Buy One For Everyone You Know!

If you could sum up Tiny Beautiful Things in three words, what would they be?

Warm, Wise, Wonderful.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it! I wish I'd had Sugar in my life as I was growing up. Sugar's advice is wise, warm, witty and comes from the heart. I love the way she relates the issues to her own experiences - she is certainly well qualified to give advice but is never patronising and always kind - even to the ones who don't appear to deserve it! This is like getting a hug from your best friend. I've bought a copy for each of my daughters and will be recommending it to anyone who'll listen.

Which character – as performed by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond (Intro) – was your favourite?

Cheryl - but it's an unfair contest as it's her book and Steve only reads the intro.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes - the chapter about the "horrible stories chair" - I can't add much more as I don't want to spoil it, but after working tirelessly for some help for these girls, the advice Cheryl gave them was spot on and incredibly moving. Also, the chapter towards the end where Cheryl works with the boys and the tea party they arrange. Sob.

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As well as being an interesting and entertaining read, I know that there's some really sound advice in here. Now that I've "read" the book right through, I'll definiely be going back to pick out random chapters - each a good story in their own right. I loved it. Thanks Cheryl.

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  • Sparky
  • 11-06-13

ITS A GREAT LISTEN

Bought it on the strength of just this website and i wasn't disappointed. Nor will you be

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-20

So much more than an advice column

Sugar's guidance to troubled souls is profound and poetic and her voice weaves her own story into the letters. Simply brilliant piece of writing and even more so that it isn't fictional. These letters helped people struggling to find their path and in doing so provides the reader/listener with solace in their own life choices. A hopeful and life affirming read in these tough times.

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  • Près King
  • 26-06-20

Late to the must join party

This is my personal book of the year if I had a book club

Last year was spaceman

Year before was into the magic box

Must read/listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-21

good stories

I don't wanna say a bad word against this book - clearly many people find it helpful. so, I won't say anything at all.

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  • Patrick
  • 10-08-17

practical wisdom and insights

This was just a stunning read - I am an experienced social worker of 25 years and I just so enjoyed the reality checks, practical wisdom and insights offered by Ms Strayed. The way she responds to readers is that unique and finely balanced approach of not being patronising or avoiding the issues but addressing it in a way which shares insights and skills with the broader audience.

this tiny beautiful book has many gems to offer those open to receiving them - I recommend this wholeheartedly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-08-19

Heartbreakingly brilliant.

If there ever existed a guidebook to life, love, death and all the mess and beauty in between. This is it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-22

Tears, hugs, and love

Well written, with so much love and life straight from the heart. A wholesome book with so much to learn. Thank you Sugar.

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  • BC
  • 24-10-22

Beautiful listen

This is a great book , so many lovely and heavy stories . I had to listen in parts . Some stories were very painful to listen to but they give you so much perspective

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-22

Heart opening listening

Thank you Dear Sugar. How could every single story resonate so personally with me? I think because the insight with which you write comes from a space of knowing what it is to be human. If I hadn’t experienced something you wrote about I could imagine that I had - fully! You spoke straight to this human heart.

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  • Artless Dodger
  • 08-08-22

Very sweet, very sweet, very sweet.

I read this as I entered into my 30th year on this Earth. I’d just broken up with my partner of 2 1/2 years, Moved back in with my parents, with no money and a head full of lead. Your book, Sugar, was my salve. This potion of people, who generously and bravely contributed their anecdotes and your honest, sage advice answered questions I didn’t even know I had. It’s like therapy but personable. I feel like you’re right in the room with me. Thank you for your radical acceptance, it’s refreshing.

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  • Jo howard
  • 24-06-22

Absolutely loved it!!!

What a ride. If you’re up to real life stories you can relate to, learn from and assist in your healing journey, then I highly recommend this book. So brilliantly written. Thank you

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  • Andrew Norris
  • 25-02-22

A delight

I could not stop listening. I loved this book. No doubt it will stay with me for some time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-21

Excellent story telling

Nearly every story I listened to I could resonant with on some level, or have had friends who have suffered from addiction and hearing another person's perspective. I absolutely loved it. definitely worth the listen. 5 out of 5 story telling.

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  • Robyn Elix
  • 17-09-21

Love LOVE this so much

I absolutely loved this book of painfully beautiful stories and achingly honest advice. Thank you, can there be more? I've listened to this multiple times and it has helped me realise how precious and fragile this human existence can be for some and to grab it with both hands. Would be please publish another? xxxx