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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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Augusten has been named one of the fifteen funniest people in America by Entertainment Weekly. He tells me how once he [the author’s undertaker friend] had a female body with a decapitated head and the family insisted on an open casket service. Critics were deeply divided, and the book received some of the worst -and best- reviews of the author’s career.

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Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

Thus the author is brought up short when he arrives and sees a plain setting that assigns three patients to a room and serves fish cakes for lunch. I haven’t read their books, but it seems that his mother and brother are capitalizing on family dysfunction as well. If you touched it, it would probably make a solid knocking sound, like wood. There’s a tiny blurb in the beginning that reads: Using the image of a sweating martini as his “picture of calm,” and bouncing through the program like a rag doll on lithium, Burroughs begins to take part in what turns out to be a very real epiphany for him.

Told in the first person, Burroughs takes us down a dark and harrowing path recounting his life as a strung-out, well-paid ad executive who is forced to accept treatment for his drinking problem or lose his job. There was enough balance of falling into bouts of introspection as well as allowing the story to progress via the lively dialogues with the equally captivating secondary characters–the tragedy that is Pighead, the complexity and apparent exceptionality that is Foster, and the oddity namely Greer, among others.


I’m not sure Burroughs cares at all that my reaction is that I want nothing to do with him or his book s. The fact that I finished this book in one day probably indicates that I enjoyed it. If you are an addict of any kind and you do not feel like you have a good grip on your sobriety yet, I am warning you that this book can be triggering. He looks as if he can’t decide between a vodka tonic or a screwdriver.

Augusten is a decent narrator except, when speaking as Foster, he sounds more like Forrest Gump than just a guy with a southern accent. Most of the time I didn’t like him, yet I couldn’t put the book down.

I laugh and crack up about what Burroughs is saying, even though he is a mean funny. Follow Us on Facebook.

DRY: A Memoir

A Memoir Augusten Burroughs Limited preview – In true Augusten style, the author is burroghs last guy to admit that he has a drinking problem. The more you read his works, the more you understand who he is. In Burroughs’ case, this includes friends like Jim the undertaker, who parties hard every night.

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I think that Burroughs’ goal in writing this memoir and likely his other memoirs, though I have not read them nor do I have any intention of reading them now is to yank an emotional reaction from his audience. The director walks over. I like burroughz at first, Burroughs thinks he’s too cool for school.

He does offer extensive thanks to those who played a ny in his recovery, but does not let the battle facing him go without crediting his own willpower. The central question, and all the near mistakes Augusten makes keeps the suspense going. Augusten Burroughs returned to his apartment in New York City augusren goes to see Pighead, who tells him he looks burroughss different and much healthier. Other editions – View all Dry: Sometimes he’ll be saying something and I’ll be laughing and then I’ll think, “Should I really be laughing at this?

I actually read this book while still in that relationship and it more than anything made me realize that I was completely wrong in my approach. Oct 26, Fabian rated it really liked it.


It’s an extraordinarily compelling book. This one has a different flavor altogether, kind of like the Truffaut series of Antoine Doinel films. I was entranced by his story immediately. But still, I liked this book. The 20 Best Folk Albums of He pushes back against the services offered and program presented, finding them silly and somewhat overbearing. And believe me, I love a good, well-thought out metaphor, as it can add insight and universality to writing. I have to keep reminding myself that these AA people are exactly like bar people—they are bar people—except their bars have all been shut down.

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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. Dry takes a slightly novel approach in that it doesn’t spent lots of time in the spiral augueten the abyss. Certain episodes are imaginative re-creation, and those episodes are not intended to portray actual events. When he was thirteen, his mother gave custody of him to her psychiatrist.

Remember how I tried to overlook you again and again but finally I broke down and pulled you off the shelf and you asked me to touch you, so I did. And then remember how I used my fingers to push burroughss the palm and drug just my finger tips from the top to the bottom?

Dry by Augusten Burroughs

Fiction in Augusten Burroughs’ memoir, “Dry ” “. Ches “You were spectacular,” Hayden tells me afterwards. Immediately after reading his honest and darkly beautiful memoir it immediately made it on ny favorite books list. However, he has an epiphany while in treatment and as his thirty days come to an end, he develops a new-found respect for sobriety and its fragility.