Search Results: "Augusten Burroughs"


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MAGICAL THINKING by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"Dementedly original and unstoppable: Burroughs deserves a shelf all to himself, just as an unpredictable convict might require protective custody."
Growing pains come first, then the adult pains, from the ever-odd, tragically farcical Burroughs. Read full book review >

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YOU BETTER NOT CRY by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"Another winner from a master of comic timing and poignant reflection."
The high priest of mortifying disaster serves up a fine selection of cringe-inducing yuletide fiascos. Read full book review >

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SELLEVISION by Augusten Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

A first novel that tries for the fierce bite of satire but ends up with not much more than nasty little nibbles at the familiar. Read full book review >

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A WOLF AT THE TABLE by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2008

"A deeply felt personal essay padded to book length."
Memoir about the bestselling autobiographer's father manages flashes of insight but turns into yet another baroque chronicle of Burroughs's damaged childhood (Possible Side Effects, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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DRY by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Didn't think you'd ever feel even an ounce of sympathy for—let alone root for—a drunken adman, did you? Meet Mr. Burroughs."
Like the alcohol he so enjoys, Burroughs's story of getting dry will go straight into your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and wiped out. Read full book review >

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POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2006

"Wears a little thin by the end, but still no mean effort. Sometimes, a genuine laugh or 20 is enough."
Popular memoirist Burroughs (Running with Scissors, 2002, etc.) again turns his whirligig neuroses into something resembling a book. Read full book review >

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RUNNING WITH SCISSORS by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2002

"An unusual upbringing, reconstituted into a very usual memoir."
Autobiography of adolescent trauma depicting the author's quest for survival in an unorthodox family alongside his quest for fabulous hair. Read full book review >

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LUST & WONDER by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2016

"A satisfying success story from a reliably outspoken raconteur."
The bestselling author is back with a chronicle of his exasperating love life in New York City following addiction and recovery. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2012

"Despite pages of platitudes, Burroughs provides plenty of worthy material on the absurdity of the human condition and the unpredictability of contemporary life."
Acclaimed memoirist Burroughs (You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas, 2009, etc.) charts new territory, offering his readers advice on life. Read full book review >

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Released: May 25, 1981

"Otherwise, this is more a portrait of others' need for Burroughs to be an elder Great than of the more modest (and more engaging) actuality."
After the resounding thud made by Burroughs' last novel, Cities of the Red Night, these transcriptions of table-talk serve some rehabilitative purpose, presenting a picture of an aging, conservative, serious man who, with his best work perhaps now behind him, admits himself that he may have come to sound "like some sort of great nineteenth-century crank who thought that brown sugar was the answer to everything and was practicing something he called brain breathing." Read full book review >

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JOHN BURROUGHS by Jr. Renehan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1992

"Renehan gives the old Burroughs-as-lovable-bewhiskered- funkster chestnut a decent burial, and, commendably, allows the man to emerge from the fog of his reputation—broad of stature but riddled naturally enough with foibles. (Photographs—not seen.)"
John Burroughs (1837-1921) might have wished for more poetry in this biography by free-lance writer Renehan (The American Scholar, The Conservationist, etc.), but he couldn't have asked for a more inclusive or caring portrait. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 5, 1993

"More an extended and semiliterate fan-gush than a biography; for a far more satisfying look at Burroughs's life, see Ted Morgan's Literary Outlaw (1988). (B&w photographs)"
Fawning and klutzy, with the critical and grammatical skills of the average college sophomore book report (``Just because Burroughs appropriates characters or even chunks of text from someone else's book, this does not mean they are an influence on him, though it probably does mean that he likes their work''), Miles (Allen Ginsberg, 1989) slaps Burroughs's life and spotty works down into a sandwich of no-brainer Zeitgeist-y approval (``Lauren Hutton introduced him on Saturday Night Live in December 1981 as `in my opinion the greatest living writer' ''), buying-in wholesale to Burroughs's off-the-cuff and self-resolving ``theories'' (``legal cannabis was prescribed for paranoia: cannabis is illegal, therefore users suffer from the paranoia that they will get busted. Read full book review >