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For years, Cheryl Strayed gave advice under the pseudonym of Dear Sugar for a variety of columns, newsletters, and podcasts. Tiny Beautiful Things is the best of Dear Sugar in one volume, where Strayed shares her wisdom to even more readers.
Tiny Beautiful Things has been produced as a series and will air on Hulu on April 7, 2023. The show stars Kathryn Hahn, Sarah Pidgeon, Quentin Plair, and Tanzyn Crawford, with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern serving as executive producers. If you’re looking for more inspiring and often hilarious reads, here are seven recommendations.
Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith
This collection of essays is split into five parts: Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering. Zadie Smith takes a close look at personal and cultural matters and refines our view of life, literature, and everything in between with insightful and sympathetic writing.
Can’t Help Myself by Meredith Goldstein
Meredith Goldstein was the author behind The Boston Globe‘s Love Letters column, all while she was struggling to figure anything out in her real life. This book is not only Meredith’s story as she navigates her love life, but a love letter in itself to the community and the column that has enriched her life in so many ways.
The People We Keep by Allison Larkin
This novel is an incredible coming-of-age story and a reminder that even tragedy can serve as a blessing. When April flees her hometown, she has no set destination. Along the way, she finds people who feel like home, and she chronicles her experiences in the songs she writes. This lyrical story explores a range of emotions, but at its core it is empathetic and inspiring.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
This is both an intimate memoir and an incredible wake-up call. Glennon Doyle felt so unsatisfied in her life, and couldn’t figure out why, until she abandoned the world’s expectations of her and listened to her own voice. With soulful, forceful and tender writing, Glennon shows us how to begin trusting ourselves and lean into our instincts so that we become the women we are meant to be.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
Pulling from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chodron on how to overcome life’s difficulties. We are continually plagued by anxiety, fear, and pain, but Pema explains how moving towards painful situations can change us for the better.
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay
For any fans of Tiny Beautiful Things in their twenties, this book is an incredible and empowering guide to redefining this decade and yourself. With anecdotes, scientific research, and personal work with clients, Meg Jay provides the tools to make the most of your twenties, your relationships, your identity, and your life.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert had a husband, a home, and a successful career in her early thirties, but she still felt unsatisfied, panicked and confused. This beloved book is the story of how she left all outward marks of success behind and set off on a journey across Italy, India and Bali to discover more about herself and life.
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