Ep 48: Cheryl Strayed…Into the “Wild” & On to Advice Columns

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, who’s 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 Roxanne. “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.”

Stay tuned after the interview with Cheryl to hear what is on the front table at RJ Julia in Madison, Connecticut.

Books in this episode:

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead

The Origins of Creativity by Edward O. Wilson

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Additional authors in this episode:
Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, Mary Gaitskill & William Trevor. 






  • Noelle Sweeney Posted October 20, 2017 2:08 am

    Cheryl mentioned an author on the podcast but I don’t see him mentioned here and that happened once before in the Elizabeth Strout interview and he was mentioned again in this one but those authors aren’t mentioned. Can you add those?

    • Just the Right Book Podcast Posted October 20, 2017 2:26 pm

      Hi Noelle! Would you mind telling us the name of the author and around what minute mark in the episode she mentions the name? Thanks!

    • Just the Right Book Podcast Posted October 23, 2017 4:21 pm

      Hi Noelle,
      Raymond Carver is the author Cheryl mentions. They also discuss Alice Munro, Mary Gaitskill, Toni Morrison and William Trevor.

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