Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs
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From the number-one bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry comes Augusten Burroughs's most eagerly anticipated collection yet: true stories that give voice to the thoughts that we all have but dare not mention.


It begins with a Tang Instant-Breakfast Drink television commercial:


"Yes, you, Augusten. You were great. We want you." I can now trace my manic adult tendencies to this moment. It was the first time I felt deeply thrilled about something just a fraction of an instant after being completely crushed. I believe those three words "We want you" were enough to cause my brain to rewire itself, and from then on, I would require more than other people....- from Magical Thinking's "Commercial Break"


A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work." Dating an undertaker who shows up in a minivan. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places. With Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs goes where other memoirists fear to tread.

 

About Augusten Burroughs

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Augusten Burroughs is the author of Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking: True Stories, Possible Side Effects and You Better Not Cry. He is also the author of the novel Sellevision, which is currently in development for film. 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. In 2005 Entertainment Weekly named him one of “The 25 Funniest People in America.” He resides in New York City and Western Massachusetts.
 
Published October 5, 2004 by St. Martin's Press. 263 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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.” Without missing a beat, he will note that “a handsome, hairy-chested Greek man is far better than mouth cancer,” that “I’m here to defend our Holy Fathers .

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At this point, I cannot help but wonder, is the entire telemarketing industry one big, jilted, clingy gay guy?'' But really, his subject is less his experiences than himself experiencing them, or himself writing about him experiencing them.

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The Guardian

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Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs Atlantic £9.99, pp268 When Augusten Burroughs was a child, he was given away by his crazy, artistic mother to her psychiatrist.

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The Guardian

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Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs 272pp, Atlantic, £9.99 Augusten Burroughs is hideously kinky.

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Publishers Weekly

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Rather, Burroughs ambles toward insight in a continual state of self-examination and just happens to have peculiar adventures along the way, like drowning a mouse in his bathtub, attending the Barbizon School of Modeling and complaining that the "new gay thing in Manhattan" is adopting babies ins...

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BC Books

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On a random note, I was originally going to start this review comparing Burroughs to David Sedaris and call it "Nothing Rhymes with Sedaris" until I realized Paris rhymes with Sedaris, which made me think of his Francophilic essay collection, Me Talk Pretty One Day, which he also could have title...

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BC Books

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While reading Augusten Burroughs' essay collection, Magical Thinking, I finished each story feeling like the author was coasting.

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Book Reporter

Slightly repetitious in themes and content, but honest, witty, raunchy and heartfelt, this book is sure to please fans and those finding Burroughs for the first time.

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Entertainment Weekly

Sports nuts have Dave Barry, Midwesterners have Garrison Keillor, and the rest of us — gay guys, misfits, those with horrific childhoods — have Augusten Burroughs.

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People

The product of a harrowing childhood (in his 2002 memoir Running with Scissors he describes being sent to live in an Addams Family household with his mom's shrink), he gives pathos a comic spin: Of a toothless fan who smelled "like a gangrenous foot" he writes, "He gummed the words out, 'I wuved ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

John Leland Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2.5 of 5 Stars "This downshift in intensity, combined with the scattershot nature of the stories, makes Magical Thinking feel like warmed-up leftovers.

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