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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28,792 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Augusten Burroughs Narrator: Augusten Burroughs Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of roof work. Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places. With Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs goes where other memoirists fear to tread. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/19/2014

    " The best way to guarantee exposure in this day and age in the literary world -- or so James Frey's publishers would have you believe -- is to write a memoir. A few years prior to the publication of this book, Burroughs did just that and scored a major bestseller with Running With Scissors. That was followed up with Dry, which chronicled his attempts to become sober. Magical Thinking, on the other hand, details no one particular period of his life, but instead gives us a disjointed look at many different individual moments in short story format. The stories range from his being cast in a Tang commercial as a child to his life in advertising and his most recent relationship (at least insofar as the time of publication of this book). All the stories have bite and show a man at odds with his surroundings... from a child who could tell he was gay early on to a young man willing to tell off his raging bitch of a boss to a self-proclaimed obsessive compulsive who cannot bring himself to clean his own apartment or figure out how to rid it of a rogue mouse. It's amazing to think that one person could've lived through such a variety of events. Short stories always have been and always will be my cuppa. I love the fact that every detail in the story is essential to the overall enjoyment of it. The brevity of this style of writing makes me want to keep reading until the end and having multiple payoffs within one bound volume keeps me going. However, these stories were pretty middle of the road in my mind. Yes, he can be funny and sarcastic and they're far from bad. Yet for every one good story, we have one or two average ones. There seems to be an overall lack of consistency or quality control. Yet I still want to read his other, full-length memoirs. But the stories in this particular collection have been done before and better by David Sedaris. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Desiree | 2/17/2014

    " I really enjoy this author, he has a twisted sense of humor that I really can relate too "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ben Delorio | 2/15/2014

    " A collection of short stories from Burroughs. Nothing surprising here but a decent read overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joshua Dunst | 2/14/2014

    " I enjoy all of his books. Not his best, but a fun read. "

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