Audiobook: What Have We Been Listening To?
This week at Crash Symphony Productions we are reading Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things. Dear Sugar is an agony aunt advice column, originally published on The Rumpus. It was compiled into a ‘Best Of’ book, Tiny Beautiful Things, and has now been adapted into an audiobook, read by Sugar herself, Cheryl Strayed. There’s also a spin-off podcast featuring Cheryl Strayed and the original Sugar, and Steve Almond, the man who brought her to life.
From the Publisher:
Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar – the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild – is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of “Dear Sugar” in one place and includes never-before-published columns and a new introduction by Steve Almond. Rich with humor, insight, compassion – and absolute honesty – this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.
What the Critics say:
“A realistic and poignant compilation of the intricacies of relationships.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“These pieces are nothing short of dynamite, the kind of remarkable, revelatory storytelling that makes young people want to become writers in the first place. Over here at the Salon offices, we’re reading the columns with boxes of tissue and raised fists of solidarity, shaking our heads with awe and amusement.” (Sarah Hepola, Salon)
“Charming, idiosyncratic, luminous, profane…. [Sugar] is remaking a genre that has existed, in more or less the same form, since well before Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts first put a face on the figure in 1933…. Her version of tough love ranges from hip-older-sister-loving to governess-stern. Sugar shines out amid the sea of fakeness.” (The New Republic)