Augusten Burroughs's "Running with Scissors" was 'funnier and more alarming than any memoir in recent history' ("Independent on Sunday"). "Dry" proved that he could do it again. And now, with these true stories, his fans are in for a treat. "Magical Thinking" gives voice to thoughts we all have but dare not mention. What makes the collection so ...
Augusten Burroughs's "Running with Scissors" was 'funnier and more alarming than any memoir in recent history' ("Independent on Sunday"). "Dry" proved that he could do it again. And now, with these true stories, his fans are in for a treat. "Magical Thinking" gives voice to thoughts we all have but dare not mention. What makes the collection so original is Augusten's sharp-eyed observations about things that are unique to him, but somehow universal to us all.
If you like reading about a mean person who is honest about being a mean person, then anything by Augusten Burroghs is for you!
Magical Thinking is a collection of anecdotes about Burroughs life from childhood to the present. With a funny, cutting and endearingly self-deprecating voice, Burroughs will have you laughing out loud. From his childhood delusions about being a Hollywood star to the time he dated an undertaker, Burroughs' life is fascinating, sick and very strange.
Feb 13, 2009
If you've read anything else from Augusten then you must read everything!
He has a brilliant way of 'being human' in his story telling - a way with sharing his most intimate moments in humorous light that makes you not want to put the book down till you are finish!
Jan 31, 2008
Great follow up to Dry
I really enjoyed the stories in this book, they range from Augusten's youth to his present life. A Very entertaining deeper look into Mr. Bouroughs' life. Stories get a little a watered down towards the end as Bouroughs attempts to make the mundayne more compelling.
Jun 5, 2007
Augusten Burroughs takes life--the mundane and the heartbreakingly tragic--and turns it into hysteria. I had read and thoroughly enjoyed "Possible Side Effects," and had read and was (very) disturbed by "Running with Scissors" (o.k. so shoot me--I'm a Mom; I find neglect and abuse disturbing). Magical Thinking is more of Burroughs' delightfully warped perspective of work, recovery, dating, cleaning house, pest control, and finding true love. I think I will employ some magical thinking of my own: Augusten will at the computer and write another memoir for my enjoyment.
May 20, 2007
I Still Love Augusten
After reading Running with Scissors, I NEEDED Burroughs. I craved his writing and his deliciously desturbing stories. Magical Thinking, with a beautiful and interesting cover matched with an inticing title, caught my attention. While it was interesting most of the time and his writing style can keep me going all of the time, I was disappointed after reading it. It was not of the same calibur as Running With Scissors. I don't think that will be an ongoing problem for Augusten, living up to his bestseller, but I do think this piece didn't do it. Maybe it's the content. I was looking for more drama, more explicit insanity; I wanted children pooping under pianos and bathtubs full of glass, not Augusten convincing his husband to get a job or killing an old boss with his mind. Although I would not recommend this BEFORE Running With Scissors, it is an easy read and gives an interesting look at the internal insanities that make up Augusten now. But I am still more interested in Augusten then. I will try again with Dry.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-10-04 It would be tempting to call these highly personal and uninhibited essays painfully honest, except that Burroughs (Running with Scissors; Dry) is so forthright about his egocentricity that the revelations don't appear to cause him much pain. He approaches his material with a blithe tone that oozes sarcasm and crocodile tears. But the palpable humor of the writing itself endears listeners to him enough that they won't be completely repelled by even Burroughs's ugliest moments (which include his less than gallant reaction to accidentally stepping on a toddler's fingers in a store). His performance is off the cuff, but even when he's at his least humane, he still comes across as all too human. He adopts the same openness that made his previous memoirs-dealing with his bizarre upbringing and battle with addiction-so successful; now, however, he's focusing on less serious subject matter and displaying failings that are more vain. Burroughs excels in his personifications of others, whether portraying a domineering cleaning woman or an overbearing boss. While some may secretly wish for the death of such a boss, though, Burroughs admits openly and proudly that he believes he can will it to happen. That attitude, which is accentuated by his reading, makes this audiobook a true guilty pleasure. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover (Forecasts, July 12). (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2004-07-12 A psychological term, "magical thinking" describes the belief that one exerts more influence over events than one actually does. Burroughs, who spent childhood days stepping on cracks to see if his mother's back would break, possesses a wealth of magical thought. Like Dry and Running with Scissors, this collection showcases Burroughs's sharp, funny and sometimes brilliant writing. Burroughs views his life through a lens of self-deprecation, and the result is pieces like "My Last First Date," describing the first time he met his current boyfriend. After only a short conversation, he fumbles into joking about his life, to the horror of his date, and realizes, "I must ease people into the facts of me, not deposit large, undigested chunks of my history at their feet. Too much of me is toxic." Fortunately, his companion has a high threshold for toxicity, and most readers will, too. Burroughs's smooth prose, peppered with charming and awkward moments, is occasionally reminiscent of David Sedaris and David Rakoff. But he's no imitator of those essayists. 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 instead of buying shar-pei puppies. Agent, Christopher Schelling. (On sale Oct. 5) Forecast: St. Martin's is making a big push for Burroughs's third book: a 17-city tour and national broadcast, print and radio publicity, which should result in another bestseller. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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