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This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike.

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running With Scissors comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the "un-survivable" and will challenge your notion of self-help books

To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mothers psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between. This Is How is his no-holds-barred book of advice. Told with Burroughs's unique voice, black humor, and in-your-face advice, This is How is Running With Scissors — with recipes.

Review:

"In this hilarious and searingly straightforward memoir, Burroughs (Running with Scissors) turns the self-help genre upside down with his advice on matters ranging broadly from 'how to be fat' and 'how to lose someone you love' to 'how to hold onto your dream or maybe not' and 'how to finish your drink.' On 'how to find love,' for example, he counsels, 'be the person you are, not the person you think you should be... if you want to have a chance at meeting somebody with whom you are genuinely compatible, never put your best foot forward... be exactly the person you would be if you were alone or with somebody it was safe to fart around.' On 'Why Having It All Is Not,' Burroughs commends the virtues of limits and the ways that such limits force improvisation; he doesn't believe 'you can feel deep satisfaction in your life unless your life contains restless areas, holes, and imperfections.' In 'How to End Your Life,' Burroughs, recalling his own teenage experience, distinguishes between suicide and ending life. After his brush with suicide, he realizes that he really didn't want to kill himself; what he really wanted was to end his life, which he accomplishes simply by changing his name and walking out the door and starting a new life. As always, Burroughs is smart and energetically forthright about living and loving." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running With Scissors comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the "un-survivable" and will challenge your notion of self-help books.

To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother's psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between. This Is How is his no-holds-barred book of advice on topics as varied as:

  • How to feel like crap
  • How to ride an elevator
  • How to be thin
  • How to be fat
  • How to find love
  • How to feel sorry for yourself
  • How to get the job
  • How to end your life
  • How to remain unhealed
  • How to finish your drink
  • How to regret as little as possible
  • And much more

Told with Burroughs's unique voice, black humor, and in-your-face advice, This is How is Running With Scissors — with recipes.

Synopsis:

If you're fat and fail every diet, if you're thin but can't get thin enough, if you lose your job, if your child dies, if you are diagnosed with cancer, if you always end up with exactly the wrong kind of person, if you always end up alone, if you can't get over the past, if your parents are insane and ruining your life, if you really and truly wish you were dead, if you feel like it's your destiny to be a star, if you believe life has a grudge against you, if you don't want to have sex with your spouse and don't know why, if you feel so ashamed, if you're lost in life. If you have ever wondered, How am I supposed to survive this?

This is How.

About the Author

Augusten Burroughs is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Wolf At The Table, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking, Dry, Running with Scissors, and Sellevision. He lives in Manhattan.

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illevarac, May 19, 2012 (view all comments by illevarac)
I have never been more excited about a book release in my life. Burroughs morphed my humor for me nearly a decade ago, and I followed along and eventually found my laugh again, simply from reading his works.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312563554
Author:
Burroughs, Augusten
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 240 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312563554 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this hilarious and searingly straightforward memoir, Burroughs (Running with Scissors) turns the self-help genre upside down with his advice on matters ranging broadly from 'how to be fat' and 'how to lose someone you love' to 'how to hold onto your dream or maybe not' and 'how to finish your drink.' On 'how to find love,' for example, he counsels, 'be the person you are, not the person you think you should be... if you want to have a chance at meeting somebody with whom you are genuinely compatible, never put your best foot forward... be exactly the person you would be if you were alone or with somebody it was safe to fart around.' On 'Why Having It All Is Not,' Burroughs commends the virtues of limits and the ways that such limits force improvisation; he doesn't believe 'you can feel deep satisfaction in your life unless your life contains restless areas, holes, and imperfections.' In 'How to End Your Life,' Burroughs, recalling his own teenage experience, distinguishes between suicide and ending life. After his brush with suicide, he realizes that he really didn't want to kill himself; what he really wanted was to end his life, which he accomplishes simply by changing his name and walking out the door and starting a new life. As always, Burroughs is smart and energetically forthright about living and loving." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running With Scissors comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the "un-survivable" and will challenge your notion of self-help books.

To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother's psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between. This Is How is his no-holds-barred book of advice on topics as varied as:

  • How to feel like crap
  • How to ride an elevator
  • How to be thin
  • How to be fat
  • How to find love
  • How to feel sorry for yourself
  • How to get the job
  • How to end your life
  • How to remain unhealed
  • How to finish your drink
  • How to regret as little as possible
  • And much more

Told with Burroughs's unique voice, black humor, and in-your-face advice, This is How is Running With Scissors — with recipes.

"Synopsis" by , If you're fat and fail every diet, if you're thin but can't get thin enough, if you lose your job, if your child dies, if you are diagnosed with cancer, if you always end up with exactly the wrong kind of person, if you always end up alone, if you can't get over the past, if your parents are insane and ruining your life, if you really and truly wish you were dead, if you feel like it's your destiny to be a star, if you believe life has a grudge against you, if you don't want to have sex with your spouse and don't know why, if you feel so ashamed, if you're lost in life. If you have ever wondered, How am I supposed to survive this?

This is How.

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