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    Augusten Burroughs(Author Narrator)

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You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs: You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the train, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and aftershave on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by the grim reality of paper hospital slippers. But when he is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click, and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is real.

'Laughter on the road to sobriety for aficionados of outrageous black comedy' -- New York Times'Wickedly funny, painfully honest, and uber-cool, I haven’t read anything this sharp, hip or honest in my life' -- Elle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Liz Dharmana on 22 July 2017

    One of the better recovery reads, sad, amusing and very honest. Trying to fill out my review, to be allowed to hit send?! FGS, I don't like to 'talk' either Auggie.

  • By Kiki on 27 August 2017

    Great book, fast delivery and in good condition. No complaints.

  • By jojomc on 5 July 2017

    This was a great book! Didn't want to stop reading it. It was a fascinating in site into true alcoholism.

  • By Rory Van Den Berg on 3 June 2017

    I found this book to be very well written. The author had a very tough life and seems to have dealt with it very well. It really hit home the importance of the people closest to you.

  • By Meg on 20 March 2014

    Another great memoir from Augusten Burroughs.Brutally real talk about alcoholism, relationships and the long tentacles of childhood trauma.Somehow manages not to be dismal or depressing, despite heavy themes.Feelgood ending (albeit in a poignant resolution of tragedy more than a Meg Ryan way)

  • By CatDog on 17 March 2017

    But funny too. I read Running with Scissors and thought 'damn, really want to know what happened to him', then realised he'd written more. And it's great, but also a hard read in places as the anxiety of being alive is so well written! But he's such good company. Ugh, I'm in tears, having just finished it, so this review is all over the place.

  • By Westley on 10 September 2003

    Augusten Burroughs' last book (RUNNING WITH SCISSORS) chronicled his bizarre childhood, including his dysfunctional family, the even more dysfunctional family he lived with when his mother had a series of nervous breakdowns, and his relationship with a pedophile. DRY: A MEMOIR picks up about 10 years later; Burroughs has a successful career in New York advertising and is a raging alcoholic. He's in deep denial about his problem, so he's surprised when his co-workers stage an intervention and even more surprised when he reluctantly agrees to a 30-day rehab stint. The book follows his attempts to remain sober, deal with his past, and cope with some harmful romantic relationships.The book often skewers the mental health system, replete with therapy-speak, AA meetings, and self-help lingo, However, Burroughs adopts a fairly benign, almost affectionate, tone toward mental health workers. Ultimately, DRY is filled with the kind of wit and attitude you've come to expect from Burroughs. I laughed out loud quite a few times, and I felt some real suspense reading to see whether he'd relapse.Burroughs is quickly establishing himself as a quirky and talented writer. Although he may be pegged by some as a "gay author," his work is pretty universal and likely to appeal to many different audiences. I most highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading more of his work.

  • By KBM on 1 January 2008

    This is one of my new favorite books. I couldn't put it down and finished it within one or two sittings. Augusten Burroughs is one of the funniest and most neurotic people I've had the pleasure of reading. He has such a quirkiness about him and he's so honest--even when it doesn't paint him so prettily.I read this book at the kitchen table with my husband reading whatever he was reading. Every so often I'd laugh hysterically. My husband started ignoring my laughter so I had to interrupt him to tell him what was so funny. I could barely read these paragraphs aloud-- getting the words out while laughing so hard is always so difficult.Anyways, this is really one of the best memoirs I've read. I was sorry to see it end. If you like this, also try James Frey's stuff. He's good, too. . . but very different.I wanted to add one more thing: a couple of reviewers mentioned that "if you're gay", this book would be helpful, or relevant, or whatever. I think this book is great for ANYONE. Yeah, Burroughs is gay. But, more importantly, he's an interesting human being. You don't have to be gay to appreciate his writing or appreciate what he has to say


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