Cheryl Strayed is currently on tour to promote her newest book, Brave Enough (of which we all got a free copy, with our ticket). Brave Enough, as described on her website, is "a collection of quotes--drawn from the wide range of her writings--that capture her wisdom, courage, and outspoken humor." Cheryl has written and spoken about how important quotes are to her; she has carried them around with her - physically, emotionally, mentally - for her entire life. On her Pacific Crest Trail hike that was chronicled in Wild, she left a quote of personal importance in each of the visitors logs as she trekked. Her publishers decided that - after her amazing advice column and subsequent book, Dear Sugar and Tiny Beautiful Things, respectively - people would love a compliation of some of her best quotes. They were right.
Last night, the Sixth & I synagogue was sold out. People packed the venue to see, hear, and meet these two well-known advice columnists. Sixth & I encouraged the audience to live-tweet the event (I never miss a chance to live-tweet an exciting event). I have compiled a few of my (and others') tweets for you to peruse. I feel like Cheryl would appreciate my quoting her.
Quotes are powerful to the readers by "taking that kernel truth in...writing and making it their own." -@CherylStrayed #BraveEnoughDC— Ann Marie (@annmariebrok) November 19, 2015
"The power, beauty and strength of finding your own way" - @CherylStrayed on what her name means to her @SixthandI— Allison Punch (@ajpunch) November 19, 2015
"You are responsible for your life, even if terrible, unfair things happen to you." -@CherylStrayed #BraveEnoughDC— Ann Marie (@annmariebrok) November 19, 2015
I did get to meet Cheryl at the end of the event; she had a very structured book signing and I waited almost an hour to see her. Even after signing countless books and meeting countless earnest faces, she was still sweet and caring. With heartfelt warmth, she showed my friend and me a photo of her and her daughter as we talked. She seems like such a kind soul, and I hope I'll get the chance to meet her again. For now, I'll be burying my head in Brave Enough, and likely rereading her other books as well.On motherhood, @EmilyYoffe: "Be gentle on yourself." @CherylStrayed: "And drink a lot." #BraveEnoughDC— Ann Marie (@annmariebrok) November 19, 2015