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Possible Side Effects

by Augusten Burroughs

Picador | April 17, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Possible Side Effects is rated 4 out of 5 by 5.

National Bestseller


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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.23 × 5.54 × 0.85 in

Published: April 17, 2007

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 031242681X

ISBN - 13: 9780312426811

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speachless This book will shock you beyond words. I loved it. I have known and meet alcoholics in my life and to actually be in this characters minds what exciting and scary. This is one of my favorite books and any reader who enjoys living intense mixed emotions should read this. Again Mr. Burroughs you have impressed me. Bravo!!!
Date published: 2010-03-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh.. this was filled with amusing stories, but none of them had me laughing hysterically like "magical thinking" did. it was just ok.
Date published: 2010-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hit and Miss After reading all of Burroughs' previous works, I had to pick this up. Honestly, I was a little disappointed. There were stories I found amusing and sometimes even hilarious, but mostly, they just weren't as good as the ones in Magical Thinking.
Date published: 2008-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Another fabulous novel by Augusten Burroughs! His stories are light-hearted, true-to-life, and just generally enjoyable to read! Each chapter is a story unto itself, so read it all at once or spread it out over time. There isn't a member of my family or friends who hasn't enjoyed reading him yet. You will actually find yourself laughing out loud, and trying to explain the funny parts to those around you.
Date published: 2008-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! Augusten Burroughs has done it again! This collection of his memories and life experiences is even better than his last one (Magical Thinking). I laughed so hard from the very first story to the last. He is still one of my favourite authors and I can read his books over and over. Especially since I read them in one day because they are too good to put down. I hope he keeps writing books forever!
Date published: 2008-05-01

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Possible Side Effects

by Augusten Burroughs

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.23 × 5.54 × 0.85 in

Published: April 17, 2007

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

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
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From the Publisher

National Bestseller


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 century."
---"USA Today"
"Deliciously perverse."
---"People"
"Endearingly neurotic...he hooks you into a story better than anybody."
---"Entertainment Weekly"
"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 nicotine-gum users.
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 pleasure.
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.

Editorial Reviews

Burroughs''s perceptive chronicle of his adult and childhood experiences is both poignant and self-deprecating--and best of all, it is laugh-out-loud funny.

Bookclub Guide

About this Guide


The following author biography and list of questions about Possible Side Effects are intended as resources to aid individual readers and book groups who would like to learn more about the author and this book. We hope that this guide will provide you a starting place for discussion, and suggest a variety of perspectives from which you might approach Possible Side Effects.