Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 304 pages, 3.26 × 2.18 × 0.34 in
Published: April 17, 2007
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 031242681X
ISBN - 13: 9780312426811
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Chapter One Pest Control The first time I was star-struck, the object of my affection was a glamorous Eastern Airlines stewardess. She had towering blond hair, frosted blue eyelids, and was well into her twenties. I was eight. We were thrown together when my parents put me on a flight by myself to Lawrenceville, Georgia, to visit my wealthy grandparents. "I call them by their first names, Jack and Carolyn," I told her with pride. "They''re my father''s parents. And my grandmother wears lots of jewelry, just like you." "Aren''t you precious?" the flight attendant said. I smiled because I loved the name, precious. It reminded me of precious stones like rubies and emeralds and diamonds. And even semiprecious stones, like onyx, which was the black stone men wore, and the ugliest one of all. The flight attendant returned to the kitchen, and I looked out the window, happy to see the mundane "North" pass by, far below me. As the only member of my family for generations born above the Mason-Dixon line, I was fascinated by the impossibly exotic South. Like, instead of dirty, gray squirrels, my grandparents had Technicolor peacocks on their lawn. And while we got hateful blizzards in the winter, my grandparents got yet more sunshine. I found it impossible to believe that snow did not cover the world but here was proof. Though this became an annual trip for me, my grandfather traveled a lot, so I never spent much time with him. And
From the Publisher
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of
Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs''s most
provocative collection of true stories yet. From nicotine gum
addiction to lesbian personal ads to incontinent dogs, Possible
Side Effects mines Burroughs''s life in a series of
uproariously funny essays. These are stories that are uniquely
Augusten, with all the over-the-top hilarity of Running with
Scissors, the erudition of Dry, and the breadth of
Magical Thinking. A collection that is universal in its
appeal and unabashedly intimate, Possible Side Effects
continues to explore that which is most personal, mirthful,
disturbing, and cherished, with unmatched audacity. A cautionary
tale in essay form. Be forewarned--hilarious, troubling, and
shocking results might occur.
From the Jacket
From the million-copy bestselling author of "Running with Scissors"
comes Augusten Burroughs''s most provocative collection yet.
Augusten Burroughs is:
"One of the most compelling and screamingly funny voices of the new
"Endearingly neurotic...he hooks you into a story better than
"Outrageously magical...surprisingly thoughtful."
---"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
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
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
Ask your doctor about "Possible Side Effects."
About the Author
Augusten Burroughs is the #1 New York
Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors,
Sellevision, Dry, and Magical Thinking. 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.
"Unflinchingly, Augusten Burroughs gouges himself (literally and figuratively), bleeds, gets it on paper--often without a neat resolution or the genre''s obligatory epiphany--and then makes you laugh. Now that''s genius."-- The New York Times Book Review "Burroughs makes good, snarky company even with nothing serious in mind."-- The New York Times "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."-- O, The Oprah Magazine "The primary reason for reading the essays in Possible Side Effects is to enjoy the sound of his rueful, funny, faintly sulky voice. . . . This is a book by someone who understands the frailty and absurdity of the human condition."-- The Washington Post Book World "These essays aren''t for the faint-hearted . . . but you will laugh, a lot, and out loud, sometimes cringing. . . . You may see yourself here, with the sting such recognition entails."-- The Oregonian "Augusten Burroughs''s spare style and facility with double entendre are well suited to the biting comic essay form. He tackles everything from the tooth fairy to doll-collecting innkeepers to lesbian personal ads in this volume, and the result is fairly even and definitely hard to put down once you begin. Burroughs''s greatest strengths as a memoirist are his refusal to fi