From the bestselling author of "Running with Scissors" comes his most provocative collection of true stories yet. Readers should be forewarned and read the label: hilarious, troubling, and shocking results might occur.From the bestselling author of "Running with Scissors" comes his most provocative collection of true stories yet. Readers should be forewarned and read the label: hilarious, troubling, and shocking results might occur.Read Less
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Like his previous books, "Possible Side Effects" is a series of funny little vignettes into Burroughs? life. The topics are hardly interesting and tend to repeat themselves, but his writing style is what makes his essays like potato chips: you know how they will taste and it's that familiar quality that has you coming back for more. And in providing that sort of entertainment, I applaud Mr. Burroughs and his unfailing ability to always bring about the Junk Food of Writing.
Apr 8, 2007
Intriguing, funny and comfortable, this book is the best I have read in MONTHS! Augusten is a person I feel that I am getting to know, while reading this book. He's witty and truthful, writing about his life experiences and telling the tale so simply, yet it all comes across as being funny and so REAL! I laughed many times, sympathized others, and related to every aspect of this book, chapter for chapter. I will urge all of my friends who are readers to purchase this book! In fact, I am ordering 3 of his others right now!
Publishers Weekly, 2006-05-01 Nostalgia, entertainment and humor are possible side effects of listening to this audiobook. Burroughs delivers a slew of reflections about both serious and mundane aspects of his life. His style of delivery fluctuates from piece to piece so one is never sure what the theme or moral is until he finishes. When he's not highlighting the idiosyncrasies of humanity or his own eccentricities, he romanticizes life in New York City, plots John Updike's death and expounds upon the love of his partner or pets. Though his performance keeps listener's attention, it's far from stellar. He fluctuates with character accents. He voices all of his women in the same tone and quality. His overemphasis with expletives often detracts because it's not usually necessary; expletives will stand out on their own. His youthful voice does help legitimate the stories in that the experiences shared need vibrancy to imply truthfulness. 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. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 20). (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-02-20 These often hilarious, sometimes contrived essays put the "me" in "confessional memoir" front and center. 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. His theme is himself: his struggles with alcoholism, a voracious Nicorette habit, compulsive Web surfing, slovenliness, social isolation, unfitness for employment, gross bodily emissions and general embarrassment at being alive. The thin story lines-a visit from the tooth fairy, a trip to the doctor, house-training a puppy-suggest that Burroughs's well-mined vein of life experience may be played out. He fattens up the material-a (Frey-inspired?) disclaimer warns some events have been "expanded and changed"-in ways that sometimes ring false, especially in his childhood reminiscences, which are improbably detailed and infused with an adult sense of camp. Often, though, the only thing animating the writing is the author's perverse imagination. Fortunately, Burroughs has superb comic sensibility, throwing off sparkling riffs on everyday humiliations in a voice that's alternately caustic and warm, bitchy and self-deprecating. His self-involvement can get claustrophobic, but when he steps outside his head no one is funnier or more perceptive. (On sale May 2) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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