Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love From Someone Who’s Been There


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if you’re feeling flattened by life events – if you’ve lost your spark, lost some hope, or ended up not-at-all where you meant to be.

A quick summary

A collection of heartfelt, whipsmart thoughts and advice from Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild) from her Dear Sugar columns. Strayed comes forged in the fire of a difficult childhood, addiction, divorce, and estrangement from her father, the ‘been there’ experiences referred to in the title, so her compassion is real and her advice is never glib. She’s also full of love, hope and passion for life, and passes that on to her readers with every sentence.


Publisher’s description:

Rich with humour, insight, compassion – and absolute honesty – Tiny Beautiful Things is a balm for everything life throws our way, administered by the author of the New York Times-bestselling memoir, Wild.

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you, you lose a family member, you can’t pay the bills. But it can be pretty great, too: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life, you get that plum job, you muster the courage to write your novel.

Everyday across the world, people go through the full and glorious gamut of life – but sometimes, a little advice is needed. For several years, thousands turned to Cheryl Strayed, a then-anonymous internet Agony Aunt. But unlike most Agony Aunts, this one’s advice was spun from genuine compassion and informed by a wealth of personal experience – experience that was sometimes tragic and sometimes tender, often hilarious and often heartbreaking.

Having successfully battled her own demons while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed sat down to answer the letters of the frightened, the anxious, the confused; and with each gem-like correspondence – of which the best are collected in this volume – she proved to be the perfect guide for those who had got a little lost in life.

“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.” —Ruth Franklin, The New Republic

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 272 g
Dimensions 200 × 130 × 26 mm
ISBN 9781782390695

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