if you have followed sugar's advice columns (and they are NOT ordinary advice columns: they are masterpieces of wisdom, wit, beauty, and life) this book won't entirely surprise you. it belongs with the same p...more
From the very first sentence, I was hooked. I read the second sentence, and third and fourth, until I realized that I would rather be reading it at home than standing in an aisle. As soon as I got home I opened the book and read it non-stop for two days. I devoured every single word.
What is amazing ab...more
I have a hard time with this star system. Three is too low, but that's what my gut is telling me now that's it's been a week since I've finished it. There were times, a lot of times, where I LOVED this book. It's incredibly well written and Strayed has a way of phrasing super complex emotional/feeling things in ways that ma...more
After fleeing a bad marriage, Theresa moves her two children as far away as possible, finds love, her true self and then at way to young, she gets cancer and dies soon after.
This is a story of love and grief and how we deal with pain, numbing it and then struggling to move through it with grace and compassion. It affected me on a profound level.
The characters are real, human, and or...more
Chance. It's funny how things can happen by chance. A chance meeting. Hell, I'm sure your life has offered up chances that have lead to bigger things that you never imagined would come from something so simple.
This is exactly how Torch begins. Teresa Wood is a local celebrity in a small town where she is the host of a radio show. Her advice to her listeners as she ends each show - Work hard, do good, be incredible. And really, her advice is how she lived. She had a simp...more
Then I read the jack...more
Years passed. . . Slowly, stingingly, she forgave...more
I might should have resisted.
It's not so much that this is a bad book, but this is a very thinly veiled memoir of what actually happened to Strayed, much of which you will already...more
Torch seems to be very much the same storyline as Wild, involving...more
I found myself watching the writing and reading the book as though a close friend had written it (the writing felt very familiar, as though I read it weekly, as though I stamped some particular turns of phrase into my memory) and it reminded me that if I start wr...more
The story revolves around how the survivors handle life after the matriarch dies of cancer. Each person has his or her own journey that is vividly laid out and not always with a bow on top. The daughter is in college, the son in high school and the father figure has a plan to end his life just a week after the mother's death unable to think about going on.
Strayed is a good writer and if you have re...more
One word of caution-- DON'T read the p...more
Like so many others on Goodreads, once I knew that Dear Sugar was Cheryl Strayed, I immediately sought out the work she did under that name. I read some essays online, and requested this book and her new memoir from my library. This book came in first.
This novel is about a woman who ge...more
Strayed's debut novel hits with the weight of unwelcome news and tackles head-on some of the most difficult issues a family can face. Critics, who compare Torch to Joan Didion's best-selling memoir The Year of Magical Thinking, praise Strayed's attention to language and her ability to render grief__a topic with which she is intimately familiar, see below__through well-drawn, restrained details. Some critics comment that the narrative drags a bit after Teresa's death. Still, Strayed, primarily an...more