Behold the first installment of Tabbed Vocab. I read Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things and include below some new words I learned from the book, all of which exemplify the work itself. Hopefully this helps you learn some new words, and get a better sense of the title, which you may or may not want to read.
1. Irreverent: in the book, it means brutally honest.
2. Ad hoc (as in, “ad hoc memoir”): formed, arranged, or done for a particular purpose only.
3. Elucidate: make (something) clear; explain.
4. Behoove: it is a duty or responsibility for someone to do something; it is incumbent on.
5. Magnanimous: very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.
Would I recommend this book? I rate it 3 out of 5 stars. Some of the topics didn’t apply to me so I skipped over those, but the ones I did read were influential. The book’s focus is on relationships (friends, family, spouse, children, partners, exes), so if you lead a more solitary life like me, you won’t get as much out of it.
If you’ve read this book or Strayed’s more popular advice column, “Dear Sugar,” what does Strayed’s advice mean to you?