Before Wild became the Oprah-sanctioned bestselling explosion that it is today, Cheryl Strayed wrote an anonymous advice column for the literary website The Rumpus. Her penname was Sugar. Thousands of people wrote in to confess, vent, and beg for advice, and she answered them. But what sets Strayed apart is her format: instead of dispensing clichéd tidbits, she wrote essays in response. Wrenching, soulful, vulnerable essays that somehow reach right in and poke at the heart of what her desperate readers are really asking. By the time I finished it, I was considering three different tattoos from the book. It’s that kind of read.