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Augusten Burroughs
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11 Jan 2007
This book is approved for consumption by those seeking pleasure, escape, amusement, enlightenment, or general distraction. This book is not approved to treat disorders such as eBay addiction or incessant blind dating. In studies, some readers reported inappropriate convulsive laughter, a tingling sensation in the limbs and sudden gasping. Less than one per cent reported narcolepsy. Do not operate heavy machinery while reading this book, until you know what effects it may have on you. Ask your Atlantic Books sales representative about "Possible Side Effects".

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (11 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843545225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843545224
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Outrageous, revealing... you wouldn't want him as a godfather for your children but he is damn funny.' Observer 'Burroughs is a natural storyteller... as brilliantly witty, waspish and self-deprecating as ever.' Daily Mail 'A hilarious and skilled raconteur - he's so awful, it's hard not to like him.' Metro"

About the Author

Augusten Burroughs is the author of the bestselling Running with Scissors, Dry and Magical Thinking. Atlantic Books published Sellevision, Augusten's first novel, to great success in 2006. The film of Running with Scissors is currently in production and stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Annette Bening and Joseph Fiennes. It is due for release in 2006.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always in stitches. 9 May 2007
By P.
I'm never disappointed in his books. I always find myself chuckling out load and in awe with his wit. Like the above review, I did find myself questioning some of his accounts. But I checked into his website, and found what I was curious about is true.

If you're questioning whether to buy this book or not, give 'Running with Scissors' a try first. Trust me, you'll end up buying his other books soon after.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only problem--there is never enough! 29 Jan 2007
Another "laugh out loud" work from the current master of cynic/egocentric humor. If you loved any of his other books (i.e. Running with Scissors, Magical Thinking, etc.), then you are sure to love this hilarious follow-up collection of short stories. As Augusten takes you from one corner to another in his insane past experiences (buying defective dogs, suffering torrential nosebleeds, taking holiday at an inn creepily decorated with one too many dolls), you will find yourself quickly and happily moving along. Though I find myself more and more often questioning the accuracy of his accounts, I am willing to admit I don't really care. Keep 'em coming, Burroughs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 29 July 2013
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I loved this book of short stories. Extremely funny and moving. I wish it was longer and I wish Augusten Burrows lived in Willesden so he could be my friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny funny funny 27 Nov 2013
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Mr. Burrows writes beautifully. His content is not going to be for everyone. I once shared the opening scenes of 'Withnail and I' with a bunch of people who found it sad and upsetting that grown men lived in such squalor. If you are with them, don't read this, or any of his other books. I read Running with Scissors every year or so, and it is still fresh and interesting. This set of essays is sometimes lighter in tone (I'm thinking the broken dog, and his sojourn in London) but not always. It is laugh out loud funny, though, if you like your humour on the dark side.

Don't worry about the moral, just enjoy the ride. I really like Cynthia Heimel's essays on life too ('If you can't live without me, why aren't you dead yet' etc) and there's the same kind of subtext - someone who knows themselves really well, and can be amusing and honest at the same time. I am a big fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud funny 1 Jan 2008
By Kendra
I just loved this book and finished it quickly. I went to the store to buy Clarence Thomas' new memoir and saw this had come out. If this was in hardcover, I missed it, but I grabbed it the second I saw it!

Augusten Burroughs is one of the funniest writers and most enjoyable to read. I've read all his books and would recommend them all thoroughly. There are many things to praise about Burroughs. Among them is his self-deprecating humor. He wants to be a good person (he is actually a good person) and fights the negative thoughts he has almost constantly. He's a bit insecure. I think he used to be a bit unlikeable, but he's grown up a lot in this book.

When I read Laurie Notaro's first book, I loved it. When she grew up, however, and wrote her second book, she just wasn't funny anymore. That's not the case here. Burroughs has actually gotten better with age. He faces his fears, he is more honest than he used to be, he struggles with issues like the rest of us, but does all he can to be the best person he can be. And, he writes about it with spot-on insight and humor.

All of the book is excellent, but the vignette called Moving Violations was completely hysterical and a definite must-read to anyone who appreciates Burroughs' writing and the weirdness of life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars touching and funny 14 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Once again a funny and fasinating rummage through the disaster zone that is Augsten's early life (with a few more recent experiences thrown in). If, like me, you enjoyed Running with scissors and the outstanding but shocking Dry you will love this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars getting to know you 27 May 2014
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A Frank, sad, sometimes funny but always entertaining
This book looks behind the alcoholic., telling how he got there
and proving it is possible to function in everyday life.
Revealing, thought-provoking, and honest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good, funny book and really well written. Will definitely buy more by the same author.
Published 6 days ago by James peate
5.0 out of 5 stars Took this book on holiday with me despite never having ...
Took this book on holiday with me despite never having read any of his books before. My boyfriend slated his previous book but this had me literally laughing out loud on the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but scathing
I found myself laughing out loud at some of the anecdotes of Augusten as an adult. However, i found myself laughing less at the anecdotes of his childhood which i found sad. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DONNA MUIR
3.0 out of 5 stars Very true
Clearly I need a humour transplant as I have not found this book as funny as I had hoped. Commics relate life and exagerate a point until it becomes funny/ridiculous; these true... Read more
Published 4 months ago by reluctant cyclist
5.0 out of 5 stars delivers again!
Third book I've read by this author and it's as good as ever - quite a feat. These glimpses into his childhood make you realise he could only ever be one thing and that's a writer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alexis Byter
3.0 out of 5 stars An amusing but maybe not thrilling read
I love running with scissors and Augusten Buroughs other books, this is maybe not so good. Although he still writes with wit and I did giggle in places. Read more
Published 5 months ago by trudije
3.0 out of 5 stars slight disapointment
'Running with scissors' had me captured. I did not move from my chair (and at some points, the toilet) for a whole two days until I had read it, I was that captured by Augustus'... Read more
Published on 19 July 2007 by Ms. K. J. Gill
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