Love Cheryl Strayed? These 4 Books About Grief, Forgiveness, Love, And Friendship Need To Be In Your TBR Pile
Have you ever fallen completely head-over-heels for an author's work, only to find that after reading everything they have to offer, nothing else seems to compare to their brilliant writing? Unfortunately, it happens to bookworms all the time, but fortunately, there are always similar titles out there. If you're a die-hard Cheryl Strayed fan, it might seem like nothing can hold a candle to her heartfelt, humorous, and utterly inspirational writing, but I promise you, there are plenty of books like hers you will like just as much.
It seems like every reader is destined to find the good and great Cheryl Strayed in their own way. For faithful readers of The Rumpus, they probably happened upon her wisdom via Dear Sugar, possibly before it was revealed the author was the voice behind the inspiring advice column. For movie-lovers, it likely happened after watching the Reese Witherspoon-starring adaptation of Wild, Strayed's moving memoir about grief and her journey trekking the Pacific Crest Trail. If you're a fiction fan, you may have happened upon the author's debut, Torch.
Personally speaking, I first fell for Strayed's writing in her book of advice, Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of the best of her "Dear Sugar" columns. In a passage that I have since written and posted on my bedroom wall, she writes, “Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you'll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you'll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.” All it took was these few sentences, and I was hooked.
Whether you prefer her memoir Wild, her book of advice, Tiny Beautiful Things, her debut novel, Torch, or her wonderful collection of inspirational quotes, Brave Enough, you’ll love these four similar books.
If you love 'Wild,' read 'End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood' by Jan Redford
If you read Wild, then you know the bestselling memoir was about so much more than hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. So, too, is Jan Redford's End of the Rope about so much more than rock climbing. An incredible memoir about adventure, motherhood, friendship, and identity, this is a must-read for Strayed fans.
If you love 'Brave Enough,' read 'Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life' by Cleo Wade
If you can't get enough of Strayed's sage wisdom in Brave Enough, you will be obsessed with artist and poet Cleo Wade's Heart Talk. Featuring moving poetry, inspirational mantras, and positive affirmations, this beautifully designed book will be your new favorite way to get your daily dose of empowerment.
If you love 'Tiny Beautiful Things' read 'How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly's Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life' by Heather Havrilesky
Like Strayed, Heather Havrilesky, the voice behind "Ask Polly," has spent many years giving advice to readers in search of true love, a better career, or a happier life. How to Be a Person in the World collects her original, inspiring, and compassionate letters in one book you won't be able to stop reading — or quoting — from.
If you love 'Torch,' read 'The Astonishing Color of After' by Emily X.R. Pan
If you're a fan of Cheryl Strayed's debut novel Torch, a beautiful and heartbreaking story about family and grief, try The Astonishing Color of After, an emotional novel from Emily X. R. Pan about a teenage girl navigating the aftermath of her mother's death by suicide. This is a gorgeous novel that mixes reality with magic in profound and beautiful ways.