I came across this book of letters written to “Dear Sugar” and her advice regarding their problems. Cheryl Strayed took over the column in The Rumpus in 2010, and she answers the letters in such a way that the writers must surely feel validated and cared for. She interjects situations from her own life to connect with the letter writer, and offers “unconditional positive regard” a phrase coined by her in one of her stories. It is a powerful book; Strayed uses frank language and many expletives which may offend some readers, but it really is an eye opener. I personally think it’s well worth the read.