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Dry: A Memoir

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From the bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Dry — the hilarious, moving, and no less bizarre account of what happened next.

You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, 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 cologne 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 landed in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr., are immediately dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent 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. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a higher power.

Review:

"Burroughs has a knack for ending up in depraved situations and a vibrant talent for writing about them....Burroughs strains here to replicate [the] zany tone [of Running with Scissors] and occasionally indulges in navel-gazing, but readers accustomed to his heady cocktail of fizzy humor and epiphanic poignancy won't be disappointed." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Burroughs's story of getting dry will go straight into your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and wiped out....In the end, it's all up to Burroughs, and to give the end away would be criminal, for this memoir operates on a high level of involvement and suspense." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Mr. Burroughs remains ebulliently glib when it's useful, as befits his advertising skills. But Dry also deals with two deaths: his lover's and, very nearly, his own. These are no laughing matters, but Mr. Burroughs remains adept at mixing comedy and calamity." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Dry—the hilarious, moving, and no less bizarre account of what happened next.

You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had to 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 cologne 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 landed in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr., are immediately dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent 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. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a higher power.

Synopsis:

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 a kid. I worshipped Darren Stevens the First. When hed come home from work and Samantha would say, ‘Darren, would you like me to fix you a drink? Hed always rest his briefcase on the table below the mirror in the foyer, wipe his forehead with a monogrammed handkerchief and say, ‘Better make it a double.” (from Chapter Two)

You may not know it, but youve met Augusten Burroughs. Youve seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twentysomething 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 cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasnt really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and thats 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 thats as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.

 

 

About the Author

Augusten Burroughs is the author of Running with Scissors and Sellevision. He lives in New York City.

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porkchop11, April 5, 2007 (view all comments by porkchop11)
I've read all of Burroughs' books (even Sellevision - try THAT sober...), and this is by far the best. Funny, great little twists of language at the end of intense chapters, very engrossing, and, I must add, FICTION. If you're going to read Burroughs (or Robinson), I highly recommend starting here. Running with Scissors is an even more extreme (and fairly disgusting) flight of fancy, and Magical Thinking is the author literally run dry of ideas.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312272050
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Burroughs, Augusten
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Advertising agencies
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Copy writers.
Subject:
Manhattan
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Manhattan (new york, n.y.)
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - Alcoholism
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions / Alcohol
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
107-749
Publication Date:
June 2003
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
A."&amp;#8212;<I>Chicago Sun-Times</I> <P>"I haven
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 CDs, 8.5 hours
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 320 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312272050 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Burroughs has a knack for ending up in depraved situations and a vibrant talent for writing about them....Burroughs strains here to replicate [the] zany tone [of Running with Scissors] and occasionally indulges in navel-gazing, but readers accustomed to his heady cocktail of fizzy humor and epiphanic poignancy won't be disappointed."
"Review" by , "Burroughs's story of getting dry will go straight into your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and wiped out....In the end, it's all up to Burroughs, and to give the end away would be criminal, for this memoir operates on a high level of involvement and suspense."
"Review" by , "Mr. Burroughs remains ebulliently glib when it's useful, as befits his advertising skills. But Dry also deals with two deaths: his lover's and, very nearly, his own. These are no laughing matters, but Mr. Burroughs remains adept at mixing comedy and calamity."
"Synopsis" by ,
From the bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Dry&#8212;the hilarious, moving, and no less bizarre account of what happened next.

You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had to 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 cologne 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 landed in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr., are immediately dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent 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&#8212;and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is real. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a higher power.

"Synopsis" by ,
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 a kid. I worshipped Darren Stevens the First. When hed come home from work and Samantha would say, ‘Darren, would you like me to fix you a drink? Hed always rest his briefcase on the table below the mirror in the foyer, wipe his forehead with a monogrammed handkerchief and say, ‘Better make it a double.” (from Chapter Two)

You may not know it, but youve met Augusten Burroughs. Youve seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twentysomething 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 cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasnt really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and thats 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&#8212;and live it sober. What follows is a memoir thats as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.

 

 

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