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Take Five: Four Favorite Essays Plus One Never-Been-Seen Essay

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

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    Fair Collection

    The first four essays contained in this work were originally published in Possible Side Effects and Magical Thinking. The collection was a humorous one; and if you are a first time reader of Augusten Burroughs, definitely try them out! If you are purchasing this to have access the "never been published" fifth essay, you should note that it is only a page or two long. As hoped, the fifth is funny, but not the rich work a collector of Burroughs' would hope for. Instead, the joke is on the buyer, as advertizing strategist Burroughs sneaks in a book jacket sized new release padded by already high selling favorites. The joke was an affordable one: the price is beyond reasonable, and I hope he sells many!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Definitely worth buying if you're looking for just a sample

    Loved the short stories in this compilation. But if you've already read some of his material, you should look into which books these stories are from.

    (though, there still is the one extra story in this compilation that isn't already published)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Repeat.

    I love Augusten Borroughs, but if you have read some of his books, you may have read this already. 4 of the essays are chapters from 2 previous books, which I had already read. The 5th "new" essay was less than 2 pages long. I think the book description should have said where the essays had been printed before, so you knew if you had already read them. It did not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Take Five by Augusten Burroughs

    The essays are a fun quick read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Classic Augusten!

    A must read for all Augusten fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Is this supposed to be funny?

    Granted I've only read the first two essays, but this stuff is not entertaining. It's not the least bit funny, so I'm wondering if maybe it's not supposed to be. On the other hand, if these are just stories, and they're not intended to be humorous, they don't offer anything else of value either.

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