Review: Dry: A Memoir

Editorial Review - - Sarah Rachel Egelman

Addiction is not funny. And recovery is not entertaining. Unless, that is, these subjects are in the hands of Augusten Burroughs. Then, it is not merely unexpectedly funny and entertaining but appropriately poignant and touching as well. In DRY, the followup to his bestselling memoir RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, Burroughs is all grown up and working in the cutthroat world of advertising. To cope with ... Read full review

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User Review  - bensdad00 - LibraryThing

I've torn through several alcoholic memoirs recently and while this one is entertaining and revelatory in spots it seems to drag more than others. For Damaged Gay Memoirists, David Sedaris is the better bet for consistent entertainment. Read full review

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User Review  - ChrisWeir - LibraryThing

Follows Augusten through this travails in alcoholism and recovery. He has a high paying job in advertising but is forced into rehab by his boss. It's either go to rehab or lose the job. We follow him ... Read full review

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User Review  - agnesmack - LibraryThing

Holy shit, how am I going to review this? I guess the first thing you need to know is this: I am recovering alcoholic. Dry is the story of an active alcoholic who becomes a recovering alcoholic and ... Read full review

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User Review  - bibleblaster - LibraryThing

This book captures some of the realities of addiction and recovery without being melodramatic or self-congratulatory. Burroughs manages to poke fun at "the program" and also acknowledge its hard-to ... Read full review

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User Review  - akblanchard - LibraryThing

At the age of twenty-four, Augusten Burroughs has a lucrative career as a New York City ad man. He also has a serious alcohol problem--and hundreds of empty scotch bottles in his apartment to prove it ... Read full review

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User Review  - sweetiegherkin - LibraryThing

In Dry, Augusten Burroughs recounts how he is forced into to rehab or will lose his job and how this experience opens his eyes to his alcoholism. The book continues on to describe his recovery efforts ... Read full review

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Poignant, driving, hilarious. If you are not open minded, not for you,...but for all persons with faults, be they substance abuse, insecurity, whatever,....this book is a true lift me up despite its many dark moments. As a former nurse, the part on the yellow cake in the nurses lounge is so dead on histarical you would think Mr. Burroughs himself spent some years in the profession. Great book. 

Pretty good follow up

User Review  - techiefamily -

Great book but not better than Running with Scissors. Read full review

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User Review  - Erika.D - LibraryThing

Required reading for a workshop. Not my idea of fun. Read full review

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