Dry: A Memoir

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Macmillan, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 309 pages
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From the bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Dry—the hilarious, moving, and no less bizarre account of what happened next.

You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had to drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls, and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten landed in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr., are immediately dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click, and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life—and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is real. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a higher power.

 

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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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Contents

JUST DO IT
1
THOSE FUCKING EGGS
9
NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF
35
ALCOHOLISM FOR BEGINNERS
67
PART II
95
PREPARE FOR LANDING
97
THE BRITISH INVASION
125
THE DANGERS OF CHEEZ WHIZ AND PIMENTO
147
WHATLL IT BE?
201
THE MIRRORS OF LA
219
RUNNING UNDERWATER
237
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
251
THE DEEP END
257
DRY
273
ONE YEAR LATER
291
COMMERCIAL BREAK
295

CRACKS
173

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Augusten Burroughs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors, Magical Thinking, and, most recently, Possible Side Effects, which have also been New York Times bestsellers and are published around the world. 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.

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