Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs

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From the million-copy bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs's most provocative collection yet.


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 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 April 17, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 308 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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“I hadn’t been on the account for one week,” he writes, “and already the phrase mint threshold was being bandied about.” While the ad game is good for several anecdotes, Burroughs always spirals back to the morass of his inner world, which seems at times an endless parade of worry and addiction.

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Augusten Burroughs's fourth autobiographical volume is slight in subject matter and shaky in chronology. But it's also more inviting and less forced.

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Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs Atlantic £7.99, pp291 As the film version of his first, bestselling memoir, Running With Scissors, prepares to open in Britain (after gruesomely bad reviews in the US), here comes Augusten Burroughs with yet more wry, comic tales of life drawn from h...

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Publishers Weekly

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Light and endearing with the occasional somber thought, this audiobook takes hold of listeners from the beginning and carries them through adventures and mishaps that prove worth the trip.

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Burroughs recounts scenes from the floridly dysfunctional childhood chronicled in his bestselling Running with Scissors , along with vignettes from various bad jobs, including his travails at an ad agency, and his life as a famous writer.

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Book Reporter

Augusten Burroughs has published two memoirs, a novel, and now with POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS, two collections of personal essays.

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Entertainment Weekly

''The Forecast for Sommer'' is a gut-wrenching ode to a suicidal friend of his mother's, while ''The Georgia Thumper'' tackles his hatred toward his cruel maternal grandmother.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Rachel Howard New York Times 2.5 of 5 Stars "Somewhere along the way to his fourth autobiographical volume, Augusten Burroughs changed from a guy with a story to tell into a guy with a knack for telling stories."

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Open Salon

The frightening thing I realized after reading the essay collection Magical Thinking is that Augusten Burroughs isn’t quite as funny when he’s not in pain.

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