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Cheryl Strayed/Signed Copies
Local author Cheryl Strayed is all over the news these days -- and for good reason. Strayed is the author of the novel Torch, published in 2006, and of the forthcoming memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, which will be published by Random House on March 20, 2012. And now it has just been revealed that for the past two years Strayed has been the voice behind Sugar, an advice columnist on the literary website The Rumpus. A book of those columns, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, will be published on July 10th.
Strayed has selected Broadway Books to be the exclusive online source for signed, personalized copies of Wild. You can pre-order your copy through our website, indicating whether you want it personalized or just signed, and we will get your copy to you as soon as it is published. You can also order copies of Torch through our website (and eventually the Dear Sugar book as well). She will be reading from Wild at Broadway Books on Tuesday, May15, at 7 pm.
Here is an article from The Oregonian by Jeff Baker about Cheryl Strayed, which includes a video.
Wild: I read an advance copy of Wild, and I can assure you that it's the real deal. Admittedly, it's one of my favorite kinds of books: a courageously honest memoir exploring loss, despair, and renewal (in Strayed's case, regaining her footing in life by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail alone after losing her mother and her marriage and most everything that mattered to her) combined with evocative descriptions of being in the natural world -- reminiscent in some ways of John Daniel's Rogue River Journal. When I began reading Wild I was dog-earing pages with particularly moving scenes or pleasing phrases, but after realizing I was marking almost every page I gave up and just sat back and luxuriated in the story and the writing. In places the story is funny; in others it's brutal and heart-wrenching. But always it's smart and poignant and entertaining. I can already tell that Wild will end up being one of my favorite reads of 2012, as it will be hard to top the pleasure this book gave me. Strayed is a beautiful writer who is not afraid to share her grief, fears, missteps, and pain -- along with her joys and triumphs.
But don't just take my word for it; here is what some other reviewers had to say about Wild:
“This is a big, brave, break-your-heart-and-put-it-back-together-again kind of book. Cheryl Strayed is a courageous, gritty, and deceptively elegant writer. She walked the PCT to find forgiveness, came back with generosity—and now she shares her reward with us. I snorted with laughter, I wept uncontrollably; I don’t even want to know the person who isn’t going to love Wild. This is a beautifully made, utterly realized book.” Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted and Cowboys Are My Weakness
“No one can write like Cheryl Strayed. Wild is one of the most unflinching and emotionally honest books I've read in a long time. It is about forgiveness and grief and bravery and hope. It is unforgettable.” Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle
Wild is excerpted in the March issue of Vogue magazine. Here is an interview with Strayed for the magazine.
Torch: Strayed's novel Torch, about a young mother dying all-too-soon from cancer and the subsequent falling apart of the family (subjects the author knows first-hand, as you will learn from Wild), also received stellar reviews. Here is what Publishers Weekly had to say: "Beautifully observed...Strayed's characters are real and lovable, even as they fail themselves and each other; even tertiary players feel fully realized. Though the subject is sad, the novel is not without humor; it shimmers with a humane grace." Carolyn See wrote in The Washington Post Book World, "This novelist goes fearlessly into this place of raw grief and inappropriate lust and desperate love and simply reports what she sees: These are people who...live dense, perplexing, fascinating and authentic lives." And this from the Providence Journal: "It's a beautiful book, expansive in its treatment of tragedy and grief, but equally attentive to all of the most telling details. The language is lovely, offering delicious, compelling imagery without being heavy-handed."
Tiny Beautiful Things: Cheryl Strayed's Sugar, whom The New Republic called "the ulitmate advice columnist for the Internet Age," has accrued a loyal and passionate fan base. Since the column began on The Rumpus it has been an internet phenomenon, receiving more than one million hits, with more than one hundred letters coming to Sugar's inbox each day since Cheryl took over writing the column in 2010. In the column she addresses many of the same issues she takes on in Wild: love, loss, and personal hardships.
Here are some comments on the Dear Sugar column: “Sugar’s columns are easily the most beautiful thing I’ve read all year. They should be taught in schools and put on little slips of paper and dropped from airplanes, for all to read.” "Why is everything you write the best thing I read each week? There’s some voodoo magic in the Dear Sugar page.” "Sugar: your grace and empathy are ceaseless fountains of inspiration.” “This is exactly what I needed to hear and I’ve just been too stubborn, selfish, and scared to realize it until now. I think you might have just fixed my life." And Sasha Frere-Jones, critic for The New Yorker, calls Sugar an incredible writer:"This is the best thing I've read in ages."
Here is an interview with Strayed about the Dear Sugar column from the Book Bench of The New Yorker.