If You Loved 'Wild' Read These 3 Other Cheryl Strayed Books
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Books by Cherly Strayed
Cheryl Strayed is known for Wild, her poignant memoir of her time on the Pacific Crest Trail, and the film adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon. But each book by Cheryl Strayed is as just as incredible as Wild!
I read Wild a few years a few years ago while I was caregiver to my mom as she was dying of cancer, much like Strayed's mother did in her memoir. It was a very emotional read for me, but by the end, I felt as if I'd taken each step with Strayed on the Pacific Crest Trail.
1. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
If you don't know of Cheryl Strayed from her book, Wild, and the movie adaptation, you may know of her because of Dear Sugar. It began as an advice column on The Rumpus and eventually turned into a podcast that ended last September. During her time as Sugar, Strayed was able to give advice in a way rarely seen. She drew upon her life own experiences to create a very compassionate column, nothing like the cold, almost clinical approach many advice columns give. This is also what she put into Tiny Beautiful Things.
The book is part advice column and self-help, part memoir, weaving together an interesting picture of courage, triumph, and empathy. If you're anything like me, you'll cry a few times while reading Tiny Beautiful Things (or a lot in my case), but that's okay. Strayed's books is a journey that we're all the better for reading.
To date, Torch is Cheryl Strayed's only fiction book, although I'm sure it's only matter of time. Perhaps paralleling her own grief at the loss of her mother, Torch is the tale of a family going through the grieving process. Teresa Rae Wood has a local radio show, encouraging people to live each day to the fullest.
After bad marriage, she rebuilds her life with her two children and eventually meets Bruce, who becomes a caring stepfather to them. But after Teresa dies from cancer at only 38, the family begins to fall apart, pushing and pulling at each other. Delving into grief, pain, and forgiveness, Torch feels very true to how it is to lose a loved one.
3. Brave Enough: A Mini Instruction Manual for the Soul
Described as "a short, taut, Swiss Army knife of quotations" by Jennifer Reese from the Washington Post, Brave Enough isn't your traditional book and we're thankful for that.
Brave Enough is a collection of more than 100 of Strayed's inspiring and thought-provoking quotes. The quotes are lifted from from the three books she released before Brave Enough, along with the Dear Sugar advice column, giving readers a wonderful variety for anything they happen to be going through at that particular moment.
Small enough to carry around in your purse and with enough white space on the pages to jot down a few notes, Brave Enough also makes a great gift for any loved one who may just need a little inspiration!
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Are you a fan of Wild? Do you plan to read Cheryl Strayed's other books too?