Tiny Beautiful Things

  • by Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond (Intro)
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Karen Osborn

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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.


Any additional comments?

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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- Helen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios