This Is How by Augusten Burroughs

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9 Critic Reviews

Despite pages of platitudes, Burroughs provides plenty of worthy material on the absurdity of the human condition and the unpredictability of contemporary life.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

If you're fat and fail every diet, if you're thin but can't get thin enough, if you lose your job, if your child dies, if you are diagnosed with cancer, if you always end up with exactly the wrong kind of person, if you always end up alone, if you can't get over the past, if your parents are insane and ruining your life, if you really and truly wish you were dead, if you feel like it's your destiny to be a star, if you believe life has a grudge against you, if you don't want to have sex with your spouse and don't know why, if you feel so ashamed, if you're lost in life. If you have ever wondered, How am I aupposed to survive this? This is How.
 

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 May 8, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 240 pages
Genres: Self Help, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for This Is How
All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 01 2012

Despite pages of platitudes, Burroughs provides plenty of worthy material on the absurdity of the human condition and the unpredictability of contemporary life.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 19 2012

As always, Burroughs is smart and energetically forthright about living and loving.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Apr 21 2013

...it will point you in the right direction so you can begin whatever journey you feel you need to take. Which makes it worth its weight in gold.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by Rosemary Counter on May 28 2012

And then a bigger problem: Uh, who is This Is How for? Not self-help junkies...

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Sims on May 04 2012

This book is frustrating but not worthless...Here is how you inflate a small idea into a 230-page book: You take up a lot of space...I began to feel that I was being abused by Augusten Burroughs.

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Boston.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Eric Liebetrau on May 10 2012

Though the book offers no quick fixes — and refreshingly so — Burroughs provides a hefty cache of raw material for self-betterment.

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Booktopia Blog

Good
Reviewed by John Purcell on May 02 2012

...like Burroughs’ other acclaimed books it will take you through the full gambit of emotions in just a few treasure filled pages.

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Dead Presidents

Good
Reviewed by Anthony Bergen on Apr 27 2012

In amazing books like Running With Scissors, Dry, and Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs told you about his life; in This Is How, he helps you recognize the truth about yours.

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Culture Tease

Good
Reviewed by Ryan Merkel

...this book works for those who trust in companionship and can possible see Augusten Burroughs as their literary companion.

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