If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
The story of Jane Eyre begins like a fairy tale. A girl orphaned since birth is cast away by surviving kin and is sent to a school that is more like a prison for the obscure and unwanted. In there, she is nearly starved, always freezing, and bored to death with religious rituals, but Jane finds some comfort in the company of fellow student, the believer of endurance, the stoic, Helen.
You'll discover that there's nothing simple about Strayed's writing. She's brutally honest yet sweet, like a mother who truly cares. To show her empathy, she shares her own life experiences, which is more than a troubled letter-sender can expect online. Who has time to reflect on another person's problem these days if you don't pay them to listen?
Cheryl Strayed's Wild is now a movie, starring Reese Witherspoon. I haven't actually read the book yet, but I've read Tiny Beautiful Things (review posted here), which is a compilation of Strayed's Dear Sugar advice columns popularized by an online writing community I discovered in Twitter called The Rumpus. In the compilation, Strayed was the anonymous Sugar… Continue reading 3 Things To Be Excited About This Year If You’re A Bookworm