I made the mistake of reading Fear: Trump in the White House followed by The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World while living in the United Sewer of America as Republicans try to get a serial sexual assaulter appointed to the Supreme Court.
This is why I turned to Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things. I’d read it when it first came out in 2012 and loved it. I loved it even more upon re-reading. It’s a collection of her Dear Sugar advice from the Rumpus.
This was exactly the balm I needed for my achey, ragey heart — a book filled with so much genuine care for hurting humans. The advice Strayed dispenses is earnest and compassionate and often illustrated by experience in her own life. She shows how she, too, has frequently been a jackass, gone ahead and done the wrong thing when she knew it was wrong, and how she has come out on the other side.
Before I dove into this one, I read The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers and inadvertently took heed of his advice to look for the helpers in times of great tragedy.