I gave this book to one of my sisters for Christmas: I wanted to give it to all of them, but figured a few of the columns might hit too close to home right this second, so I'll save their copies for when they're less tender. Still: I want everyone I know to be reading this book, to be hearing the Sugar-Gospels. I had to take about 75 post it notes out before I gave it to her, but I left a few, and the letter below, inside. Just because."Dear Sister, I don't know if you know of "Dear Sugar", or if I've sent you any of her columns in the past - I know I'm always forwarding them to someone, so I may have sent them to you." Here is a collection of her work: The (very difficult) questions and the (terrifying, clarifying, most honest-ever) answers.They are about Life. And Love. Writing. Surviving. Climbing Mountains and Rolling out of bed. They are about Everything. I, so often, do not have the answers. To the questions we come up with while we're chatting, to the questions you ask, or don't know how to ask, to the questions that bubble up inside of me all the time. But here are some answers - maybe not even to the questions either of us knew to ask, but to important questions, nonetheless. Awesome, heartfelt, provoking answers.Perhaps they will not be as Powerfully True for you as they are to me. That's ok. (At the very least, you'll understand how my baffled mind works a little bit better). ... Editing out some personal info... then I ended withJust reading these columns gives me hope. Just reading them makes me want to throw up. Just reading them breaks my heart and makes me feel Strong. And Mighty. And Tiny. And Bare. Just reading them makes me better able to write, and breathe, and feel and be. I hope they make you feel the same, Sweat Pea. All My Love, NTE" She started reading it on the plane ride home, and sent me this text: "NTE, this book is changing my life. It's like what going to church should feel like but doesn't. Also, I am now deliberately reading it super slow so that it doesn't end. Also, also, am weeping on the plane: Thanks a lot." So, maybe don't read it on a plane, but otherwise: please read this book.