Dry: A Memoir

Dry: A Memoir

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by Augusten Burroughs
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312423799

ISBN-13: 2900312423796

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: Picador

From New York Times bestselling author Augusten Burroughs comes a dark and hilarious memoir that takes up where RUNNING WITH SCISSORS left off: the life of a young man with a twisted past trying to wrestle with his own demons.

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From New York Times bestselling author Augusten Burroughs comes a dark and hilarious memoir that takes up where RUNNING WITH SCISSORS left off: the life of a young man with a twisted past trying to wrestle with his own demons.

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ISBN-13:
2900312423796
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
320

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Dry: A Memoir 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 179 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AA members can relate and laugh along as well as cringe
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Augusten's books and this one no doubt is my favorite. I had a difficult time putting the book down. It's written in such a way that you feel as though you are going through the motions (and emotions) with him. Powerful ending, I was sobbing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sat down in the jury room waiting for to be called and bought on my Ipod. I'm in Alanon and have alot of people in my family who drink. It was an amazing to listen to and I don't think I would have the respect for my family who are sober until now I hugged my mom when I finished the book. He made me change my mind and made we want to read all of his books. Get it whether you have people who drink or don't.
HillaryPlatte More than 1 year ago
Dry is a pretty great book. I found myself (a straight person) relating not only to a gay love story, but also to the life of someone battling the chemicals Burroughs is. It does drag at parts, but over all is cuttingly funny, dampened soberingly by the downside of alcoholism, and come together in a great ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think he writes with honesty, cynicism, and with heart..what more could you want? I highly recommend reading all his books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a solid follow up to Running With Scissors. It's so nice that it isn't a let down after his brilliant, bestselling, and critically acclaimed account of his bizarre childhood. Dry is a must read on so many different and significant levels. It is at once profound and riotously funny--makes you stop and consider the consequences of your own behavior and laugh until your guts hurt. What more can you ask from a book? Like his previous literary efforts, this one is well worth the price . . . and then some.
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JustMyTwoCents More than 1 year ago
Sobering story (no pun intended) Having read "Running With Scissors," the prequel to this memoir, I cannot help but draw comparisons to the memoir "'Tis," Frank McCourts followup to his moving childhood story, "Angela's Ashes." Both Running with Scissors and Angela's Ashes are gritty stories of growing up in extremely difficult circumstances in extremely dysfunctional family settings, and yet despite the environments these children grew up in, their stories are told with humor and the sort of tone you might expect from an innocent child who knows no other way of life. Of course, in both stories, the reader knows that the child will grow into adulthood without many of the basic tools needed to lead "normal" productive lives. Both "'Tis" and "Dry" demonstrate that what happened to these children, was plain and simply not funny. Augusten Burroughs is adept, however, in framing his adult struggle with sobriety with all the emotions that come with the human condition--sadness, anger--and yes, humor. I found myself rooting for him. If you are expecting another Running With Scissors, you will be disappointed, but if you are looking for a truthful narrative about one man's struggle with alcoholism, it is well worth the read.
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Redyogini More than 1 year ago
Augusten is easy to love. The detail in his memoir makes me feel like I have sat next to him during the darkest nights of his life. His writing leaves the reader as a witness to his inner voice, his personal narrative on himself and those around him. I feel like I understand him and I can relate. This book is intense and at times overwhelming. I like to read in bed just before I turn out the lights but I found myself staying up all night because I couldn't fall asleep without knowing the outcome of a situation Augusten was sharing. This is a fabulous follow up to his first memoir Running With Scissors but can stand alone as well. I read this because after his first memoir I felt like I had to know what happened next in his life. I wanted to know if he was ok. I found myself really caring about him. This memoir left me with the same feeling. I want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried, laughed, and truely enjoyed this great read.
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