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You may know Cheryl Strayed from her #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir Wild, which inspired the blockbuster film starring Reese Witherspoon, or from one of her other bestsellers, Tiny Beautiful Things or Brave Enough.
The Portland resident, whose popular advice column Dear Sugar inspired the podcast Dear Sugars, is also the co-author of The Sweet Spot advice column in the New York Times Thursday Styles section. Strayed stopped by Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about that famous hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, her career as an advice columnist, and how curiosity at a young age set the tone for her life journey. “As a child, I was very probing,” she tells host Roxanne Coady. “In fact, my mother would say I could ask each adult only three questions, because she knew I would never stop. I always paid careful attention to people’s emotional realities.”
Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, which was the first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and became an Oscar-nominated film starring Reese Witherspoon; Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, a national best seller now the basis of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, co-hosted with Steve Almond; and Torch, her debut novel. Her books have been translated into forty languages, and her essays and other writings have appeared in numerous publications.