A Memoir

Book - 2005
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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 underground, 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 flourescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten 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.
Publisher: London, England :, Atlantic Books,, 2005.
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9781843541851
Characteristics: 295 pages ;,20 cm.


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Apr 27, 2016

Just an excellent read and a sad story--but with a happy ending! Love Augusten Burroughs. So very readable and hard to put down...kept me up a few late nights: "one more chapter."

Jul 30, 2015

I remember reading this a few years back, but then I was not able to get through the gay sex parts. Excellent book about the power of booze and the strange choices people make when crossing the lines of addiction. I am glad I read it again. Highly recommended.

dburke1827 Jun 25, 2014

Read all his books, and he keeps me up past by bedtime :)... This is one of my favorites.

neptuna5 Nov 27, 2012

The most engaging book written about giving up alcohol. A page turner. Loved it!

Jun 05, 2012

This is the second memoir I've read by Burroughs, and I read it in one sitting. His wit and humor make this dark tale an irresistible read, and gives readers a different look into alcoholism. I love that even though this is a hard tale to tell, he doesn't write for pity, he writes to tell the story.

dotdeangelo Feb 10, 2012

While commuting I saw someone reading this book with such enthusiasm, I asked her about it. She told me it was the third of his and to read them in order.. So I went out a starting to read Running with Scissors. Once I got to this book I was also turning pages frantically while riding the subway. Along with turning pages I would laugh out loud a lot. I forgot that I was riding a NYC subway at rush hour!

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