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Magical Thinking: True Stories

by Augusten Burroughs
As told by Augusten Burroughs

Picador | October 1, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Magical Thinking: True Stories is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
From the #1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry--a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection. True stories that give voice to the thoughts we all have but dare not mention. It begins with a Tang Instant Breakfast Drink television commercial when Augusten was seven. Then there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. Dating an undertaker and much more. A collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate and very funny.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.19 × 5.48 × 0.78 in

Published: October 1, 2005

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312315953

ISBN - 13: 9780312315955

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Here's some money, write us another book Having just finished reading "Dry" by Augusten Burroughs, I immediately wanted to read everything else he had ever written. I enjoy his mental sense of "humour". I had read a section from Magical Thinking at the end of Dry and thought this would be a good book to start with. I don't think that Magical thinking is his best work. A lot of the short stories in this book feel rather random, and give the impression of just filling space. They are funny (most of them), but put together, this feels like his publisher wanted to milk another book out of him and just told him to write about anything. I'll still go and get other books by him, I enjoy his style, but I'll be more careful to chose one where he actually develops and tells a story (instead of just publishing about how he cooked supper and how their dog sleeps between them- who cares?). The only reason I do not recommend this book to a friend, is because he has better work available.
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Book By Augusten Burroughs I've read everything that Augusten Burroughs has written and let me tell you that every book is worth reading. This is one of my favorites. I love short stories and this collection had me laughing out loud.
Date published: 2009-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could NOT put this down! A couple of weeks ago Augusten Burroughs made a trip to the Indigo at Bay and Bloor to sign a couple of copies of his new book "A Wolf at the Table" and answer a few questions. He was hilarious, funky dressed and quite charming. I hadn't heard of Mr. Burroughs and I was qutie intrigued. However, these days I can't read the "terrible childhood/survival" books. I find I'm much more into comedic, witty writing. Especially for the summer months. So it was recommended to me that I try one of his lighter books "Magical Thinking." It is a book compiled of short stories from Augusten's life. I read the first story and was immediatley hooked. This book does have it's dark moments however there are many stories in this book that will have you howling with laughter. If you intend to read this, keep an eye out for stories about: a very GREEDY house maid, the killing of a rodent, oral sex in funeral homes, and pictures sent from fans. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Date published: 2008-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short Stories by Burroughs If you enjoyed Burroughs' memoirs "Running With Scissors" and "Dry", then you will enjoy his short true stories. Burroughs has a way with words that make you laugh and feel. A great collection of real life stories. One of my personal favourites would have to be "Debbie's List".
Date published: 2007-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too funny to put down. Not only does this book flow from one halarious incident to another, it keeps you entertained beyond belief. Augusten talks honestly and openly about all the bizarre and twisted events that take place in his life. He writes exactly the way we all think which makes it an easy read and makes the words play out in your mind like a movie.
Date published: 2006-07-08

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Magical Thinking: True Stories

by Augusten Burroughs
As told by Augusten Burroughs

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.19 × 5.48 × 0.78 in

Published: October 1, 2005

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312315953

ISBN - 13: 9780312315955

Read from the Book

Commercial Break When I was seven, I was plucked from my uneventful life deep in darkest Massachusetts and dropped into a Tang Instant Breakfast Drink commercial. It was exactly like being abducted by aliens except without the anal probe. I was a lonely kid with entirely imaginary friends. I played with trees. Then, one day during penmanship class, a white van pulled up in front of our little gray schoolhouse, and the men from Tang climbed out. My elementary school sat atop a low grassy hill in the center of Shutesbury, a small New England town that was so "small New England town" one had the sensation of existing within a snow globe at a souvenir shop. The mailboxes at the local post office had ornate brass doors with etched-glass windows. There was a white church with solid mahogany pews and a pipe organ. A small red library was tucked on the edge of the town square and carried books about local birds and field mice. It was retchingly quaint. Of course, in this wholesome idyllic community, my school was the anchor. It was a gray clapboard building, two stories tall, with shutters. There was a steeple on top and inside a bell that worked. The door was bright red. There were two apple trees on either side. The playground consisted of a sandbox, two swing sets, and an area of blacktop on which was painted a hopscotch outline. Now that I am an adult and have wasted much of my life as an advertising executive, I can easily imagine the conversation that must have taken place amon
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From the Publisher

From the #1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry--a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection. True stories that give voice to the thoughts we all have but dare not mention. It begins with a Tang Instant Breakfast Drink television commercial when Augusten was seven. Then there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. Dating an undertaker and much more. A collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate and very funny.

About the Author

Augusten Burroughs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors, Dry, and, most recently, Possible Side Effects, which have also been New York Times bestsellers and are published around the world. A film version of Running with Scissors was adapted for the screen by Ryan Murphy. Augusten has been named one of the fifteen funniest people in America by Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City and western Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the most compelling and screamingly funny voices of the new century belongs to Augusten Burroughs. . . . Burroughs is blessed with an offbeat perspective and a viciously uncensored wit, a delight to read."-- USA Today "Augusten Burroughs shows why he is the memoirist-of-the-moment with his harrowing and laugh-out-loud new essay collection, Magical Thinking ."-- Vanity Fair "Ruthlessly funny . . . deliciously perverse . . . he extracts something funny from every shred of his own warped experience. Magical Thinking indeed."-- People (four stars) "Sports nuts have Dave Barry, Midwesterners have Garrison Keillor, and the rest of us--gay guys, misfits, those with horrific childhoods--have Burroughs..He hooks you into a story better than anybody."-- Entertainment Weekly(A-) "Every so often a ''writer''s writer'' pops up and deliciously ambushes readers--writers like David Sedaris, Larry Brown, and Frank McCourt. . . . Augusten Burroughs deserves membership to this inner circle. . . . Magical Thinking is finely-honed and addicting . . . Miraculous."-- Rocky Mountain News (Denver) "Deeply satisfying, full of both gleeful one-liners and shocking instances of profound wisdom . . . There are few writers as outrageously magical or as surprisingly thoughtful as Augusten Burroughs."-- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A literary favorite--right up there with humorists David Sedaris and Laurie Notaro . . . Fascinating."-- Boston Herald "Superlatively disturbed . . . A brand-new coll
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