Review: Tiny Beautiful Things

Posted 13 June, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Tiny Beautiful Things
By: Cheryl Strayed
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

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 bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things brings 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.

I had long heard of this book and good things about it but I never got around to picking it up (even at times when it seemed like this book would really come in handy). Well, I finally got around to picking it up this year and then figured this was the perfect book to read when I went on holiday weeks ago (see Instagram post)

Tiny Beautiful Things was an interesting read covering a variety of topics about love and life, successes and failures and recovering from loss. The letters sent were frank and Cheryl Strayed’s responses were equally frank but also empathic. She relates to stories and experiences from her own life and relate them back to her responses to these people who have written to her. Admittedly there are a lot of situations here that I’ve never personally experienced or come across to some degree but nonetheless there are some core elements within each of these letters that you can relate to, like trusting your gut or distinguishing the difference between care and betrayal. I personally enjoyed the two columns on the subject of writing, something I can relate to but am also working to take off.

Overall Tiny Beautiful Things was a read that left me a bit reflective. It can be a timely book for some, it can also be a good reminder about the ups and downs of life and provides one with a bit of refocus. I don’t know what else to say except it’s a good book to check out.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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