September 24, 2012

Sugar on Love, Sex, and Life {featured book}

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar is, despite the cheesy title, an incredibly poetic and powerful collection of personal and profound little essays. Written by Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, which was also published this past year (in fact, the two books have spent several simultaneous weeks on the New York Times bestseller list recently), these meditations on love, life, family, relationship, and sex are in fact columns published at The Rumpus written in response to readers' letters.

Strayed responds to a diverse variety of questions and concerns, which include dating after divorce, not wanting to settle, cheating, dealing with affairs, healing from child sex abuse, overcoming miscarriage, navigating high school dating dramas, dealing with one's partner's sexual past and fetishes, communicating about sex and our real sexual selves, second thoughts, coming out gay, being transgender, getting over an ex in a time of Facebook and Twitter, what happily after really means, and more.

Strayed's work is well-worth the read. I first picked up her memoir Wild because I so loved Lidia Yuknavitch's The Chronology of Water featuring one woman's journey from loss and hurt to empowerment and peace through the rugged path of alcohol, drugs, and a lot of sex, and the two books seemed like they might have some things in common.

I have featured Yuknavitch's memoir here at Love, Sex, and Family and I compare the two memoirs at Quizzical mama in this post: wild: staring down fear and aloneness.

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