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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (44,292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Augusten Burroughs Narrator: Augusten Burroughs Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9781593973162
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From the New York Times Bestselling author of Running With Scissors comes the story of one man trying to out-drink his memories, outlast his demons, and outrun his past.

"I was addicted to "Bewitched" as a kid. I worshipped Darren Stevens the First. When he'd come home from work and Samantha would say, ‘Darren, would you like me to fix you a drink?' He'd always rest his briefcase on the table below the mirror in the foyer, wipe his forehead with a monogrammed handkerchief and say, ‘Better make it a double.'" (from Chapter Two)

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 twentysomething guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two 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 lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by 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 true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Layla Strohl | 2/19/2014

    " Very funny and moving. I enjoyed Dry much more than Running with Scissors (which I found to be a bit ridiculous and at times draining). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberta | 2/8/2014

    " The author had one of the strangest childhoods, horrible parents, and a substance abuse problem, but Augusten Burroughs still manages to write about it all without completely sounding like a victim. He is able to make you laugh and cry all on the same page. I enjoyed this book very much and I hope he continues to live a sober life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Kingsley | 1/29/2014

    " Excellent book about getting sober. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 1/27/2014

    " Since this is the sequel (kind of) to Running With Scissors, I was expecting it to be hilarious. It's not, at all, but I'm still really glad I read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 1/25/2014

    " For book club. Don't judge me; let's leave the overly smug sagacity up to Burroughs instead, shall we? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/24/2014

    " I love a good alcoholic memoir.Burroughs is entertaining. Keeps me...sober-ish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lieslwiborg | 1/24/2014

    " Incredibly funny to get you through reading the rough journey he had. Hooked me in at the first chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Beth | 1/17/2014

    " Great read. Dripping with sarcasm, but no to worry, it's the good kind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josalyne Thornton-Dunn | 1/5/2014

    " Third time reading "Dry" love it everytime. It's painful and lovely all at once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 12/30/2013

    " An entertaining, if somewhat sad, memoir about Burroughs' days as a raging alcoholic. It kept me reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 12/23/2013

    " This is my favorite Burroughs work. This novel is as descriptive as it is horrifying. As usual, his sarcasm is completely on point. It provided an excellent look into his life as a stuggling alcoholic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dre | 12/19/2013

    " While I'm familiar with Augusten Burroughs, I haven't had any experience with addiction literature. This read is interesting and informative, while still maintaining Burroughs' distinct voice, style, and wit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 12/18/2013

    " Made me laugh out loud on the first page. I love Augusten Burrows writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dysmonia Kuiper | 11/3/2013

    " Laugh-out-loud funny and tear-jerkingly sad. I came away with a sense of existentialism tempered by a feeling that we may as well just fucking live life anyway. I am also highly doubting my alcoholism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/31/2013

    " Definitely his best work. Heartbreaking but still manages to be funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda Tavares | 7/29/2013

    " Reads as though it is honest. Lots of self-deprecating humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daisy*•.♥.•* | 7/11/2013

    " Dry is a very sad book. In comparison to "Running With Scissors" it was not as shocking but still very sad. It was a great insight in the mind of a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.Well written and sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raquel | 6/19/2013

    " Very poignant portrayl of the author's trials and tribulations with fighting his addictions and reclaiming his life! Informative,engaging, disturbing,and inspiring! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Claeys | 4/27/2013

    " Not too enlightening. A bit too much gayness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Djohns | 3/29/2013

    " Great insight into the struggles of an alcoholic. Lovable f@ck up characters. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany Koss Galica | 11/20/2012

    " Some parts are so riveting yet unbelievable at the same time. So funny yet heart wrenching to feel his addiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nonito Abbu | 10/13/2012

    " A great story on recovery, self-control, grief, and death delivered through Burrough's usual funny, insightful and observant accounts of true-to-life events. The book lets us take a little peek into Augusten's sentimental side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray Johnson | 9/6/2012

    " An entertaining look at Mr. Burroughs' time in advertising and his struggle and recovery from alcoholism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 11/24/2011

    " Fantastic book for anyone who knows someone or has themselves struggled with addiction. Very, very well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 10/20/2011

    " when is everyone going to wake up and realize this guy fucking sucks? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SMZ | 9/7/2011

    " Continuation of books from Augusten Burroughs. This is a great read for anyone working or dealing with individuals with addictions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 6/29/2011

    " It's always fun to be a voyeur. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawnekins | 6/16/2011

    " Loved it, probably my favorite of his; and HE is my absolute favorite author. Really honest... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dita | 6/13/2011

    " For someone who enjoy beers and other alcoholic drinks the most, i truly savor this book. kinda reflective.
    so, when it comes down to a sort of addiction: suck it up to medium, because when you have it more than medium-level you will have none "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 6/7/2011

    " Amazing book. Incredibly touching and relatable sorry about addiction, loss, and overcoming your past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 6/6/2011

    " I've read many, many addiction/recovery memoirs. This remains one of the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katja | 6/5/2011

    " Just finished and already miss Augusten. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 6/5/2011

    " I love memoirs on how drugs and alcohol affect peoples lives. Burroughs is such a good writer and entertains the reader with the woes of his life. I have loved all of his books so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/29/2011

    " Absolutely loved this. I love his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 5/24/2011

    " great story about addiction and struggling to find yourself as a young man "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 5/23/2011

    " Being a smoker, I have sympathy for anyone's struggle with addiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli | 5/13/2011

    " loved it! (listened to audio version - fantastic!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/10/2011

    " Very funny. Dry wit and brutal honesty are qualities I've much appreciation for! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Issac | 5/9/2011

    " Pretty powerful book, extremely sad. I have to admit I don't know a lot of gay people and it didn't bother me but so much was new to me because of his sexuality. Very sad but enlightened ending, I can't wait to read more burroughs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/8/2011

    " I'm a sucker for humorous memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margie | 5/7/2011

    " This was my favorite of all Augusten's books. Could not put it down. "

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About the Author
Author Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs is the author of the autobiographical works Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking, Possible Side Effects, and A Wolf at the Table, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. Running with Scissors remained on the bestseller list for over two consecutive years and was made into a Golden Globe-nominated film starring Annette Bening.