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“An enjoyable and sad tale of a life gripped by addiction and being surrounded by bad decisions.”Brian D. Palmer wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very enjoyable and interesting. ”Andrea R wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the story of Augusten Burroughs' life after his novel, Running with Scissors, which is an account of his childhood. Burroughs introduces himself as a regular guy with a job in advertising. At first, he is doing fine, hiding the scent of alcohol with cologne and dressing professionally. Soon the drinking progresses and his coworkers begin to take notice. Burroughs tells the story of his thirty days in rehab and the most difficult feeling of all, that he has to stay sober when those thirty days are over.
I loved reading this novel. All of Augusten Burroughs' novels are captivating, funning, and sometimes sad. This story is a necessary follow up to Running with Scissors and touches tough topics such as drinking and rehab.
I would connect this book with Augusten Burroughs' other novels, Running With Scissors, Magical Thinking, and Possible Side Effects.
A quote from this story is "I'm so relieved when I walk in my door, so grateful to be home where I don't have to hold my breath or explain myself that I have an immediate tumbler of Dewar's." ”
“Witty and insightful. I love Auggie!”Bookie wrote this review Tuesday, March 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love the way he writes.”Susan C wrote this review Friday, December 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the second memoir that I've read. It sucked me in and I read the first half before getting up to attend to laundry and other things. Now I'm sitting again eager to finish.
What makes Augusten's words so compelling for me is the unedited honesty of his words. That he journaled extensively allows for a very detailed reconstruction. He's a child of an alcoholic as am I, and it's curious to me to see how he went down the same road. Given his teens, its not really surprising but I'm glad for the insights anyways.
A quote from his rehab counselor: "think of your head as an unsafe neighborhood; don't go there alone."
Says it all IMO”
“Not as original or as witty as Running With Scissors, but just as extraordinarily honest about his own issues and foibles. I'm glad that I read Dry, it was not time wasted even if it wasn't the best or most compelling writing I've ever found in a book. I wish he had explained exactly how the name Pighead should be pronounced, maybe I'm just stupid, lol, but I thought it was pronounced one way, but then by the end of the book an event caused me to be unsure.... Anyway, I will definitely read Burroughs' other writing- I'm addicted to his cynical, tongue in cheek personality, reading his story was sometimes like talking to a funny, screwed up best friend.”Jessie wrote this review Friday, August 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Burroughs can make anything funny and touching, including rehab. This is his memoir of drying out, and by drying out uncovering emotions he'd forgotten he had. Kept me turning the pages and at the end, wishing there was more. (That makes it a four; it's a great read -- highly recommended -- but not great art.)”mef wrote this review Tuesday, August 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a memoir of the year the author was 25. He is working in an ad agency, alcoholic, and gay. He goes to rehab. He suffers the death of a friend. As he writes, he lets us think he is being much more open with his thoughts with us than he is with his best friend. This is a crafted picture of his carefully crazy self. If you read Running With Scissors, you might be surprised to learn that he even lived to age 25, sane or sober.”Kay wrote this review Tuesday, July 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Addressing such a serious subject as addiction, Burroughs accomplishes the task flawlessly. He does so with a sense of humor that few can pull off. I've never come across a being that can effectively communicate the range of emotion and complicated nature of actions that the addict and those around them experience.
I love all of Burroughs books. He takes the uncomfortable, the complicated and the painful and finds the threads that make anyone who has experienced these circumstances feel they are not alone. One need not wake up with a smile on their face every morning in the wake of their experiences. However, Burroughs expresses his experiences in such a way that one need not feel guilty if they find themselves laughing in the face of hardship.”