Cheryl Strayed.

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This woman is incredible. I first heard of Cheryl when an excerpt from her book, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, appeared in an issue of The Sun magazine. For those of you who haven’t had the privilege of delving into some of the best advice-giving on the Internet, Dear Sugar (http://therumpus.net/sections/blogs/dear-sugar/) is an incredible collection of letters to Sugar/Cheryl and her unconventional, incredibly helpful, thoughtful, and, above all, chock-full-of-sweet-love responses. I love reading through her columns, one or many at a time, after breakfast with my nearly-cold coffee or in bed right before a succulent afternoon nap.

When I broke my wrist in September and was recovering from surgery, Cheryl’s new novel Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was my closest companion through the long days sans bike rides, symphony rehearsals, and bread schlepping. Her writing is just so real, so gritty, so beautiful in its tellings of heart-breaks and also its repairings. Her words slipped through my brain like water, so easily and leaving me with a different-feeling heart at the close. The events of her then-young life (her mother dying of cancer, abuses from her father, heroine addiction, a divorce in her early twenties from someone she still deeply loved, and her one-woman trip along the 2,650-mile PCT) are woven together so gracefully and produce a tapestry you’d love to wrap yourself in on a chilly winter eve.

Her first novel, Torch, is on my list of upcoming reads, as is Tiny Beautiful Things in its entirety. Her wisdom will prove to be a healing balm on your wounds and tender spots. Treat yourself to some Strayed.

For more information:
http://www.cherylstrayed.com/

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