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Dry: A Memoir

by Augusten Burroughs

Picador | April 23, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Dry: A Memoir is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 12.
The Tenth Anniversary Edition of the New York Times bestselling book that has sold over half a million copies in paperback.

“I was addicted to “Bewitched” as a kid. I worshipped Darren Stevens the First. When he’d come home from work and Samantha would say, ‘Darren, would you like me to fix you a drink?’ He’d always rest his briefcase on the table below the mirror in the foyer, wipe his forehead with a monogrammed handkerchief and say, ‘Better make it a double.’” (from Chapter Two)

You may not know it, but you’ve met Augusten Burroughs. You’ve seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twentysomething guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn’t really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and that’s when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life—and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that’s as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.

 

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.2 × 5.46 × 0.98 in

Published: April 23, 2013

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 125003440X

ISBN - 13: 9781250034403

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from i love augusten burroughs i've always been a fan of Augusten Burroughs. He has a way of making a difficult situation seem managable and entertaining. In this book we follow him through his addiction to alcohol (plus coke and crack) his trip to rehab and his search for a sober life. What makes this different than anyone elses memoir about addiction is his cynical and witty commentary on events that take place and the people in his life. From Pighead (his ex-boyfriend/best friend),to his asshole co-workers at the advertising firm hes working at. All of his characters are unique and easy to love or hate. All in all this is an easy and enjoyable read about the modern struggle people face in order to find love for themselves and a sober life to live.
Date published: 2010-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, sad, and totally enjoyable I loved this book. I first discovered Burroughs from the film Running With Scissors. I then read that book, followed by Dry. I had a hard time putting it down. He tells his story wih honesty and wit. It will speak to anyone who has struggled with their own demons.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I could not put this book down, it was a really easy ready but also made you take a look at your own life. I am definately a fan of this author.
Date published: 2009-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite Burroughs, but still reliable Sad, funny, realistic and dry. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heartwrenching,sad , hilarious If you have ever sunk into the bleak world of addiction .. or even if you have just been touched by someone who has , this book will take you on a voyage of discovery as it is magnificently spot-on in its imagery ,its asides of painful psyche-tickling and Augusten's savage yet lovable thoughts and self-conversations . It will cleverly grasp you by the throat and never let go. As impossible as Augusten's life may seem , he is able to bring it into a vividness that cannot be questioned. I sobbed exactly where Augusten sobbed .. I felt his every nuance and stab of remembrance.
Date published: 2008-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from After Running With Scissors Augusten Burroughs' journey doesn't end at childhood. In this memoir, he is grown up, living on his own, and is battling alcoholism. A great page turner. It is hard to believe how far one can fall. It is so interesting to see inside the head of someone who has gone through such lengths.
Date published: 2007-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably honest Great follow up to his first book on his childhood, this takes you right into his crazed drinking life and back again. A must read.
Date published: 2006-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Wet :) This book all-though appropriatly titled DRY, was so not dry it was wet with humour and once again the ups and downs of Augusten Burroughs. I read "Running With Scissors" first. Which is also Fantastic. DRY really does let you see the ins and outs of being an alcoholic. The day to day struggles of an addict. Some people think oh just change stop, as you read in this book it is just not that simple of a process. There is so much i want to say but it would give away all the good stuff. I will say though you will meet some interesting people in this book and really by time your done reading, you aswell as augusten will be attached to them. This book should of been the ultimate re-hab read instead of a certain other. Augusten Burroughs is vey real and genuine, his writing fantastic i recommend this book to all especially anyone fighting "demons" of any kind there is something for everyone in this excellent read. "Pighead" (once you read you'll understand).
Date published: 2006-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I haven't read a book this satisfying in a long time. I recommend reading his "Running with Scissors" before diving in to "Dry", but it is not necessary. This book stands on its own, and gives enough background so the reader is not left scratching their head at the mess that is his past. I really appreciate his views on choices, victimhood and how the two are not always related. Excellent read, I just ordered some more of his books! Very witty and well-written.
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great storytelling. The voice Burroughs uses to tell his story is unique and witty. His story is compelling and a little heart breaking at the same time. This book didn't receive anywhere near the attenion a certain book by James Frey received, yet it is easily as compelling. I am a huge Burroughs fan and am inspired by how he turned his life around. You won't want to put this book down. It is astounding what people can endure. First, you need to read Running With Scissors and then you will begin to understand the obstacles he has overcome.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dry? It should have been WET WITH LAUGHTER! Burroughs’s humor never ceases to amaze me. It was so provocative yet so depressing. And I mean that all in a good way! From the first few pages, you’ll understand what he means and why he’s saying that! “Those F**** Eggs?” To DIE for! If I had my way with the world I’d make writers like Burroughs live ten lives so they could re-tell their stories in such a rich tale!
Date published: 2005-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dry Burroughs is an excellent writer. I loved Running With Scissors, and couldn't wait to read Dry. I wasn't disappointed- they are both GREAT books.
Date published: 2005-02-14

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Dry: A Memoir

by Augusten Burroughs

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.2 × 5.46 × 0.98 in

Published: April 23, 2013

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 125003440X

ISBN - 13: 9781250034403

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JUST DO IT   Sometimes when you work in advertising you’ll get a product that’s really garbage and you have to make it seem fantastic, something that is essential to the continued quality of life. Like once, I had to do an ad for hair conditioner. The strategy was: Adds softness you can feel, body you can see. But the thing is, this was a lousy product. It made your hair sticky and in focus groups, women hated it. Also, it reeked. It made your hair smell like a combination of bubble gum and Lysol. But somehow, I had to make people feel that it was the best hair conditioner ever created. I had to give it an image that was both beautiful and sexy. Approachable and yet aspirational. Advertising makes everything seem better than it actually is. And that’s why it’s such a perfect career for me. It’s an industry based on giving people false expectations. Few people know how to do that as well as I do, because I’ve been applying those basic advertising principles to my life for years. When I was thirteen, my crazy mother gave me away to her lunatic psychiatrist, who adopted me. I then lived a life of squalor, pedophiles, no school and free pills. When I finally escaped, I presented myself to advertising agencies as a self-educated, slightly eccentric youth, filled with passion, bursting with ideas. I left out the fact that I didn’t know how to spell or that I had been giving blowjobs since I was thirteen. Not many people get into advert
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From the Publisher

The Tenth Anniversary Edition of the New York Times bestselling book that has sold over half a million copies in paperback.

“I was addicted to “Bewitched” as a kid. I worshipped Darren Stevens the First. When he’d come home from work and Samantha would say, ‘Darren, would you like me to fix you a drink?’ He’d always rest his briefcase on the table below the mirror in the foyer, wipe his forehead with a monogrammed handkerchief and say, ‘Better make it a double.’” (from Chapter Two)

You may not know it, but you’ve met Augusten Burroughs. You’ve seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twentysomething guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn’t really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and that’s when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life—and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that’s as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.

 

 

About the Author

Augusten Burroughs is the author of Running with Scissors, Magical Thinking: True Stories, Possible Side Effects, A Wolf at the Table and You Better Not Cry. He is also the author of the novel Sellevision. The film version of Running with Scissors, directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Brad Pitt, was released in October 2006 and starred Joseph Cross, Brian Cox, Annette Bening (nominated for a Golden Globe for her role), Alec Baldwin and Evan Rachel Wood. Augusten''s writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world including The New York Times and New York Magazine. Entertainment Weekly named him one of “The 25 Funniest People in America.” He resides in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

"Laughter on the road to sobriety. Mr. Burroughs remains adept at mixing comedy and calamity."—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Beneath the quick-flowing, funny-sad surface of Burroughs'' prose lurks considerable complexity: wherever he goes, whatever he''s doing, you can feel how badly he wants to drink-as well as the sadness from which that desire comes and the courage it takes to make the sadness so funny, all at the same time. If anything, Dry is even more compelling than Burroughs'' first outing."—Lev Grossman, Time

"More than a heartbreaking tale, it''s a heroic one. As with its predecessor, we finish the book amazed not only that Burroughs can write so brilliantly, but that he''s even alive."—People

"A wrenching, edifying journey . . . with the added benefit of being really entertaining."—The New York Times Book Review

"A deeper book than Scissors, revealing Burroughs to be a more accomplished writer, creating scenes of real power."—Deirdre Donahue, USA Today

"Dry will make readers glad to have Augusten Burroughs in the world, and eager for more."—O Magazine

"Augusten Burroughs is a wickedly good writer.... Dry is a great read. Grade: A."—Chicago Sun-Times

"I haven''t read anything this sharp, hip, or honest in my life. Count me as a lifelong fan of this courageous writer."—Elle