Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don’t choose.

Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of advice columns written by the author on their website in the early period. It’s interesting to see how a set of life problems and their thoughtful answers could be compiled to form a beautiful piece of writing!. The questions that the author answers are asked by strangers, who are unrelated to each other, and comprise their life problems. The only common thing among these columns was life and Cheryl’s personal stories.

There were questions about love, children, infidelity, parents, etc. They write their stories and problems to a stranger and expect to get answers and solutions. Cheryl doesn’t promise them to give the correct answer, but she helps them with a story, part advice, and part her own experience, which puts things into perspective.

I believe that is what makes this unusual book so mesmerizing. It doesn’t preach or tell you to do one thing. It helps you see through the problems via another person’s life story. Cheryl’s life stories and her anecdotes keep the books together. She is not only the columnist of the book but also a supporting character of the book. She helps the main character (the reader and the asker) see things differently and find the answers for themselves.

The best way to describe this book is comfort book. But it can give you things to think about. I believe if anyone reads this book, they should take the advice with a grain of salt. It’s a good read, but before using the advice at face value, one should check the circumstances and other factors involved in their own life.

This is not “how your story ends”. It’s simply where it takes a turn you didn’t expect.

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