Friday, August 27, 2021

Book Review - Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

 I wrote a month ago about a  virtual author talk with Cheryl Strayed. She is such a nice personality, writer, and person. I just finished her latest book collection Tiny Beautiful Things and it was an eye-opening look into the struggles of people. Her reflections and responses were thought-provoking. 

back cover blurb -   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 - is the person thousands turned to for advice. 

In these columns, Sugar answers with humor, insight, compassion, and honesty. She truly put a lot of thought into answering people's questions. She calls them Sweet Pea and you can feel a verbal hug attached.  Oh, she's tough with some folks - she just doesn't want them to continue a failure path. Or, in her words, you can feel her tears and heartbreak for some folks and their impossible tasks ahead. 

inside  cover quotes: 

We are here to build the house.    

Acceptance is a small quiet room

Be brave enough to break your own heart

The only way out of a hole is to climb out

Every last one of us can do better than give up

Common sense?  Sure.  But reassuring and interesting as a great read. Absolutely - I know I walked away from Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed a better person.   


  1. As always Joanne a wonderful review.
    Have a good weekend.

  2. Hi Joanne - she does sound as though she has a lot of common sense, with tough love where necessary, to help many. I'm sure the book will help them and be promoted to others - thanks for the review for us ... cheers Hilary

    1. I like her as a writer and have seen her as a speaker. Seems like a "normal" soul who's been around and is practical