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KEEPLIVINLOVE, May 13, 2009 (view all comments by KEEPLIVINLOVE)
I LOVED THE BOOK.FUNNY,CUTE AND CHARMING. A NATURAL CHILD TALKING , OF WHAT HE LEARNED FROM HIS PARENTS MAINLY.TOOTH HE LOOSES, AND NEVER EVEN KNEW A THING,SUCH AS A TOOTH FAIRY.HE LEARNS FROM GRANDMA,THOUGH.ALOT OF LAUGHS, I ENJOYED , THE BOOK.
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Neva, May 11, 2009 (view all comments by Neva)
More of the same self-deprecating humor from the author of 'Running With Scissors'. 'Possible Side Effects' is a great companion to Burroughs's other books but I don't recommend it if you haven't read his other work.
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Shoshana, May 23, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
An enjoyable enough collection of essays by the author of Running with Scissors and Dry. None of these pieces appears to have been published in a magazine before this anthology, and editing may have helped some of them. The quality varies, with many pieces relying on a sort of weak rim-shot punchline. Some pieces read like out-takes from Running with Scissors. As compared to both Dry and Magical Thinking, the "Augusten" narrator is not as snippy and cruel in this collection. His own vulnerability and anxiety are more on display, and though the constant reitterations of "I'm an alcoholic" are wearing, they are at least accurate and about Augusten's appraisal of himself, not about the failings of others.
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michellevt34, September 18, 2006 (view all comments by michellevt34)
I'm shocked that no one has posted a comment yet! Or maybe the greatness of all of Burroughs' titles is just taken for granted at this point. He has definitely proven himself to be one of the funniest observers of a vast spectrum of topics, ranging from childhood trauma to the most mundane errand. His huge talent lies in finding the humor in even the minutiae of daily life. I discovered Burroughs accidentally several years ago, unsuspectingly reading an advance copy of Magical Thinking. I laughed so hard my stomach hurt, and I was not offended when people moved away from me on the bus; and this latest title does not disappoint. One of the side effects is laughing aloud in public, but the stares to which you will be subjected are well worth it.
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ISBN:
9780312315962
Author:
Burroughs, Augusten
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Novelists, American
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Health/Exercise & Fitness
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General Biography
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Burroughs, Augusten - Childhood and youth
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Form - Essays
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070417
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Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
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General/trade
Language:
English
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8 CDs, 10 hours
Pages:
304
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5.69 x 5.3 x 1.075 in

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Product details 304 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312315962 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

As with other funny memoirists like Laurie Notaro or David Rakoff, Augusten Burroughs finds humor and absurdity in all sorts of mundane events. The twist is that Burroughs life — particularly his childhood — provides the surreal backdrop to a writer who could find comedy gold in a bank transaction. In this collection of essays everything is fodder for his sharp wit from the banal to the bittersweet to the just plain poignant.

"Review" by , "Oh, that boy is trouble. Augusten Burroughs offers more tales of his dysfunctional family and his ill-fated forays into polite society in his outrageously funny new collection of essays, Possible Side Effects... tart, smart, and wicked fun."
"Review" by , "Delightful...This book is yet another testament to his wild imagination and could keep the readers up at night as well as help the author gain a whole new legion of fans....Sure to enthrall....A memorable book; highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Autobiographical essays and sketches that consistently entertain....You can almost see the child from a disturbed home dancing frantically about in these pages, doing anything to ward off the darkness. It brings a grimace with the laughter....Meaningful and heartfelt."
"Review" by , "(H)ilarious, wildly fanciful reminiscences...[H]e makes good, snarky company even with nothing serious in mind...Mr. Burroughs does get away with stunts that would sink more timid writers."
"Review" by , "These essays aren't for the faint-hearted. You won't be hearing them on NPR alongside David Sedaris; Burroughs is rougher and raunchier."
"Review" by , "[C]onsistently banal....This is a terrible book: shallow, poorly written and worst of all, boring..."
"Review" by , "[H]e somehow manages to lure you in time after time with his unique way of describing things that could have happened to anyone, but didn't — at least not quite this way."
"Review" by , "Burroughs's breezy, clear-cut writing style is perfectly matched to his subject matter: prose-y when necessary but highly conversational, fluid and frank...something wonderful and new to savour."
"Review" by , "Endearingly neurotic...he hooks you into a story better than anybody."
"Review" by , "One of the most compelling and screamingly funny voices of the new century."
"Review" by , "Brave, dark, and screamingly funny, this book is so engaging it'll leave you craving more."
"Synopsis" by ,
From the million-copy bestselling author of Running With Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs's most intimate and transcendent collection of stories yet

"Synopsis" by ,
From the million-copy bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs's most provocative collection yet.

This book is approved for consumption by those seeking pleasure, escape, amusement, enlightenment, or general distraction. This book is not approved to treat disorders such as eBay addiction or incessant blind dating.
 
In studies, some people reported inappropriate, convulsive laughter, a tingling sensation in the limbs, and sudden gasping. Fewer than 1 percent reported narcolepsy.
 
Doll collectors may experience special sensitivity, as may discourteous drivers, candy-company brand managers, and nicotine-gum users.
 
This book has been shown to be especially helpful to those with parents, grandparents, life partners, and incontinent dogs. People with dry, cracked skin have responded well to this book, as have people with certain heart conditions.
 
Do not operate heavy machinery while reading this book, until you know what effects it may have on you.
 
This text is contraindicated in those suffering from certain psychiatric disorders, including---but not limited to---readers afflicted with anhedonia, which is the inability to experience pleasure.
 
Ask your doctor about Possible Side Effects.

"Synopsis" by ,
From the million-copy bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughss most provocative collection yet.

This audiobook is approved for consumption by those seeking pleasure, escape, amusement, enlightenment, or general distraction. This audiobook is not approved to treat disorders such as eBay addiction or incessant blind dating.
 
In studies, some people reported inappropriate, convulsive laughter, a tingling sensation in the limbs, and sudden gasping. Fewer than 1 percent reported narcolepsy.
 
Doll collectors may experience special sensitivity, as may discourteous drivers, candy-company brand managers, and nicotine-gum users.
 
This audiobook has been shown to be especially helpful to those with parents, grandparents, life partners, and incontinent dogs. People with dry, cracked skin have responded well to this audiobook, as have people with certain heart conditions.
 
Do not operate heavy machinery while listening to this book, until you know what effects it may have on you.
 
This audiobook is contraindicated in those suffering from certain psychiatric disorders, including---but not limited to---listeners afflicted with anhedonia, which is the inability to experience pleasure.
 
Ask your doctor about Possible Side Effects.

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