I don’t know Cheryl Strayed at all but having read her memoir Wild, I feel like I do. Plus we follow each other on Twitter so there’s that. I supposed that must be why this news makes me as happy as if we were best friends. Strayed is reteaming with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern to develop Tiny Beautiful Things as a drama series for HBO. The book is a collection of punch-gutting essays compiled from Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar advice column, initially written under the ‘Sugar’ pseudonym, but using stories from her own life in response to her readers’ dilemmas.
Strayed and her husband, filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, will write the adaptation, “set to explore love, loss, lust and life through the eyes of a Portland family who live by the mantra that the truth will never kill you.”
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 bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice.
Tiny Beautiful Things brings 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.
The book was published in July 2012 but I think it would make a great gift for Christmas 2015. Just sayin’.