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Tiny Beautiful Things (10th Anniversary Edition): Advice from Dear Sugar
by Cheryl Strayed

Published: 2022-11-01T00:0
Paperback : 400 pages
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THE REESE'S BOOK CLUB NOVEMBER PICK • An anniversary edition of the bestselling collection of "Dear Sugar" advice columns written by the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild—featuring a new preface and six additional columns. Soon to be a Hulu Original series.

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THE REESE'S BOOK CLUB NOVEMBER PICK • An anniversary edition of the bestselling collection of "Dear Sugar" advice columns written by the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild—featuring a new preface and six additional columns. Soon to be a Hulu Original series.

For more than a decade, thousands of people have sought advice from Dear Sugar—the pseudonym of bestselling author Cheryl Strayed—first through her online column at The Rumpus, later through her hit podcast, Dear Sugars, and now through her popular Substack newsletter. Tiny Beautiful Things collects the best of Dear Sugar in one volume, bringing her wisdom to many more readers. This tenth-anniversary edition features six new columns and a new preface by Strayed. Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.

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Discussion Questions

1. What was your experience reading Tiny Beautiful Things? How many stars would you give it out of 5?
2. How did Sugar’s voice and general messages make you feel?
3. What was your favourite Dear Sugar letter and why?
4. Why do you think it was titled “Tiny Beautiful Things”? Do you like this title or do you feel it should have been called something different?
5. Were there any bits of advice you disagreed with? What were they and why do you feel differently? Take ten minutes to write a different response, pretending it is your advice the letter writers are seeking.
6. What did you acknowledge about your own life while reading the book?
7. What question would you ask Sugar if you were given the chance? Have a go at writing it down, and then writing a response as though it is Sugar writing to you. Did this exercise give you any insight?
8. There is a line from the book: “Acceptance is a small, quiet room.” Discuss.
9. Did the book change your perspective on anything?
10. Which parts of the book touched you, made you cry?
11. On p.159, the author recounts something her friend once told her: “I could allow myself to be influenced by three men who screwed me against my will or I could allow myself to be influenced by van Gough. I choose van Gough.” How did it make you feel to read that? What are the main, overriding things that influence your life and decisions? How could you quieten those voices and choose others?
12. What were your favourite quotes or passages?
13. What did you think of Sugar’s anecdotal experiences while answering the questions? Did you find her life’s stories added to or subtracted from the advice she was giving her readers?
14. There is a line from the book, “I’ve written often about how we have to reach hard in the direction of the lives we want, even if it’s difficult to do so.” In what ways are you holding back from reaching hard? What do you want in or from your life that you are not doing because it’s too hard, or scary, or painful? What could be a first step in that direction for you?
15. On p.311, Sugar describes her experience of healing, that’s it’s a mishmash of feelings that are often contradictory — sad and grateful, accepting yet still appalled. She says, “We want to believe healing is purer and more perfect, like a baby on its birthday.” Do you find this to be true for you? How did you feel to read that healing feels like this for someone else? How would you describe healing?
16. What do you feel is the great message of the book — the takeaway you got from it?
17. Do you have anything further to add, or debrief about, or comment on?

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