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Staff Pick of the Week: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

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This week’s staff pick is one our staffer read as part of the Reader Harder challenge, fulfilling the self-improvement category.  It’s Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed.  The book is a collection of letters from “Dear Sugar” , an online advice column featured on The Rumpus.  Known simply as “Sugar” when the column began, Strayed later revealed herself as the author.  Strayed offers advice on topics ranging from love, death, money, family and self acceptance.
“This collection gathers up the best of Sugar, whose trademark is deeply felt and frank responses grounded in her own personal experience. In many ways, it is a portrait of Strayed herself: she describes her estranged father, her passionate but doomed first marriage, her relationship with her current husband (Mr. Sugar), and, most thoroughly, her much-missed mother, who died suddenly while Strayed was in college.  Part advice, part personal essay, these pieces grapple with life’s biggest questions. Beautifully written and genuinely wise, this book is full of heartache and love.” — Library Journal Reviews

September is Self-Improvement Month, be sure to check out our gallery book display “Help Yourself”.

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