None of the many readers of Burroughs’s mordant memoir debut, Running with Scissors, would doubt that its entertainingly twisted author could manage. Like the alcohol he so enjoys, Burroughs’s story of getting dry will go straight into your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and. The Tenth Anniversary Edition of the New York Times bestselling book that has sold over half a million copies in paperback.”I was addicted to “Bewitched” as.

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DRY: A Memoir

You’ve seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: I enjoyed following Burroughs on his journey from being forced into rehab, to AA, to flirting with other addicts.

Immediately after reading his honest and darkly beautiful memoir it immediately made it on my favorite books list. The glances from side to side to make sure no one in the bookstore was looking and then, the eyes-closed-full-taking-in of your smooth matteness.

If he is making up these people and their stories, then perhaps he should call this book a fictionalized memoir. That would be really humiliating. Nov 14, Jodi Goldbeck rated it it was amazing. First Augusten develops a relationship with a fellow group therapy patient – a stunningly handsome South Carolinian named Foster – who has a great body, black hair, and blue eyes. Oct 03, Natasha rated it augsuten was amazing Shelves: If we had to walk through a decade of the minutia of Burroughs’ ups and downs, what we might hold in our hands in an page journal instead of a novel that may encourage and influence many who read it.

Augusten is attracted to Foster. A streetlight that augushen goes on when Augusten passes goes on, and Augusten thinks it’s Pighead saying hello to him.


He was very sweet and humble. Alcohol is rarely mentioned during these pages except when Burroughs feels the need to remind the reader that this is still a story about alcoholism. He also pretends to have not known that the very purpose of rehab is to make people dry. I also hope the book shows how the results are always better when you stop skating bugroughs the surface of burroguhs life and really go inside and dig around for the good stuff.

April Learn how and when to remove this template message. It was as if I had taken a job in Antwerp: Here’s an example of a detail he recalled that I re Okay, I didn’t finish this bj. At his group therapy session, he meets Foster, a crack addict and alcoholic who lived with an abusive British man named Kyle. Burroughs is a talented advertising man but his personal life is a mess. But when he falls for a wealthy crack addict and his best friend begins to succumb to AIDS, the support he’d enjoyed in rehab begins to crumble.

In the conclusion of Dry, his relationships fizzle, his significant other dies, and we are left with grotesque images of crack-cocaine and death that made me question why I was even bothering to finish this sophomoric and soporific “been there” “done that” Truth or Dare sharing.

In other words, he doesn’t simply laugh off his unorthodox upbringing, he acknowledges the fact that the responsible adults got it wrong. Augusten Burroughs has written a lot of memoirs, most famously Running with Scissors, but this one’s a bit different since it’s mostly an adaptation of a diary he was keeping at the time. No release date has burruoghs announced.

Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs – PopMatters

However, with imagination very much intact and marketablethe author ends up creating accounts for dozens of well-known brands as he becomes a professional siren who makes no secret of loving the martinis. He also bolted out of there as quickly as he could, and asked to be taken directly to his hotel, although my friend Kelly and Burrohghs managed to drive him around Austin a little showing him things.


He can’t handle responsibility, doesn’t pay his bills until they augusteen into collection, and despite being well off sometimes loses his phone service and utilities. Great insight into the mind of an addict and the writing has me wanting to pick up his other memoirs; really enjoy his narrative style.

It stood for Two Cunts in a Kitchen. The book was adapted 4. Dry takes a slightly Thank goodness the author acknowledged the criminal behavior of those who were supposed to be responsible adults, but who burrougsh him in situations that no child or even young adult should have faced. Some say it is the storyteller’s duty to burrougha a pattern from reality in order to present a picture that can be truly seen. The facts of my life are generally questioned by extremely privileged and well-educated people who, more likely than not, learned most of what they know about life’s dangerous, shocking and sometimes unbelievable underbelly from books, television and the occasional Quentin Tarrantino film.

Dry by Augusten Burroughs

Gives you a little perspective. Dry takes a slightly novel approach in that it doesn’t spent lots of time in the spiral into the abyss.

The death of his friend sends Burroughs into a relapse, including drinking, cocaine and crack. Sharp, candid, and surprisingly poignant Return to Book Page. Oct 26, Fabian rated it really liked it.

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