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You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

You Better Not Cry, not Burroughs best

I am a fan of Augusten Burroughs, but his most recent book 'You Better Not Cry' isn't his best work. The first half of the book was what I expected, funny yet sad and touching stories of Christmases past in which Burroughs details in his usual humorous fashion, the goi...
I am a fan of Augusten Burroughs, but his most recent book 'You Better Not Cry' isn't his best work. The first half of the book was what I expected, funny yet sad and touching stories of Christmases past in which Burroughs details in his usual humorous fashion, the goings on in his dysfunctional family and early adult life. But, the second half of the book has very little humor to it, and is really just a sad account of difficult Christmases during his adult life and his reflections on the direction his life has taken.
I am a fan of Burroughs because he lays out the ugly truth of his dysfunctional family, but does it in a humorous and entertaining way that keeps you engaged in his story. But, in reflecting on Christmases past it seems that Burroughs has become a bit more melancholy than normal. I would still recommend this book to fans of Burroughs work, but not as a book of funny or entertaining Christmas stories.

posted by SetiAnkh on January 3, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Three stars, but still a must-read for all Burroughs fans.

I LOVE Augusten Burroughs, and I'm only giving this book three stars because his other books are so particularly stellar, and this one pales slightly in comparison. Also, if you haven't read him before, I wouldn't start with this one. It helps to know a little about his...
I LOVE Augusten Burroughs, and I'm only giving this book three stars because his other books are so particularly stellar, and this one pales slightly in comparison. Also, if you haven't read him before, I wouldn't start with this one. It helps to know a little about his back story. I felt that the stories in this one were just slightly too disjointed and didn't flow as seamlessly as they could have. However, all of that said, it is still a poignant and funny book, great for anyone who flinches at the thought of more saccharine holiday fare. I especially enjoyed his account of a Christmas spent with New York City's...domicile-challenged. And his memories of his extreme yuletide enthusiasm as a child are fantastic. All in all, it's not his best work, but it is a fun and easy read for the holidays.

posted by Wanderluster on December 18, 2009

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

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    You Better Not Cry, not Burroughs best

    I am a fan of Augusten Burroughs, but his most recent book 'You Better Not Cry' isn't his best work. The first half of the book was what I expected, funny yet sad and touching stories of Christmases past in which Burroughs details in his usual humorous fashion, the goings on in his dysfunctional family and early adult life. But, the second half of the book has very little humor to it, and is really just a sad account of difficult Christmases during his adult life and his reflections on the direction his life has taken.
    I am a fan of Burroughs because he lays out the ugly truth of his dysfunctional family, but does it in a humorous and entertaining way that keeps you engaged in his story. But, in reflecting on Christmases past it seems that Burroughs has become a bit more melancholy than normal. I would still recommend this book to fans of Burroughs work, but not as a book of funny or entertaining Christmas stories.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2009

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    Amazing, as always.

    This book was funny and light at the beginning as Burroughs recalled his childhood and young adult memories, but as the book progresses it becomes more and more touching. Burroughs perfectly captured the inspirational and heart-warming qualities so often associated with Christmas. In short: the shocking, dark humor that Burroughs is famous for is present, but the more serious, thoughtful side is present as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 16, 2011

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    I like the writer. I liked the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

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    Christmas memories

    Enjoyed the book. It was a little short but overall enjoyed reading it. Was really cracked up by the childhood remembrances of Christmas.The imagery is hilarious of the early Christmases.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    good book but the ending was unexpected

    The first half of the book was hilarious! I burst out in laughter on more than one occasion. But the later half of the book was downright depressing. Maybe it wasn't nearly as depressing as it felt but when you go from laughing to sad, it feels like a profound change. The mood picked up afterwards but by that point the whole mood changed so it was hard to get back into the jollyness.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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