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Author Archive: "Augusten Burroughs"

Powell’s Q&A: Augusten Burroughs

Note: Augusten Burroughs will present his new book at Powell's City of Books on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m.

Describe your latest book.
This Is How is a guide of sorts for showing people how they can survive, overcome, achieve, or free themselves of things they think they can't. The book arose from the single question I have been asked more than any other: "How did you survive...?" Because as readers of my six nonfiction works know, I've been knocked around the block a few times and survived pretty well. This Is How isn't a step-by-step, process-oriented book. Rather, it's conceptual and broad so that the approaches in the book can be applied to any issue, even those not mentioned.

This Is How speaks to what I believe is the most essential component of survival or achievement: seeing the actual, rock-bottom, elemental truth and accepting it. But because truth can often be cloaked in what we assume or believe or have been told is "true," being truthful with respect to our circumstances isn't as easy or as obvious as it may appear.

As just one example, I was ...

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