Tiny Beautiful Things

Behold the first installment of Tabbed Vocab. I read Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things and include below some new words I learned from the book, all of which exemplify the work itself. Hopefully this helps you learn some new words, and get a better sense of the title, which you may or may not want to read.

1. Irreverent: in the book, it means brutally honest.

2. Ad hoc (as in “ad hoc memoir”): formed, arranged, or done for a particular purpose only.

3. Elucidate: make (something) clear; explain.

4. Behoove: it is a duty or responsibility for someone to do something; it is incumbent on.

5. Magnanimous: very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.

Would I recommend this book? I rate it 3 out of 5 stars. Some of the topics didn’t apply to me so I skipped over those, but the ones I did read were influential. The book’s focus is on relationships (friends, family, spouse, children, partners, exes), so if you lead a more solitary life like me, you won’t get as much out of it.

If you’ve read the Dear Sugar column, what does Strayed’s advice mean to you?


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