Take Five: Four Favorite Essays Plus One Never-Been-Seen Essay [NOOK Book]

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From the number-one bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry comes TAKE FIVE, a mini collection of true stories that give voice to the thoughts that we all have but dare not mention—stories that shine a flashlight into both ...

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

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Overview

From the number-one bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry comes TAKE FIVE, a mini collection of true stories that give voice to the thoughts that we all have but dare not mention—stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.  TAKE FIVE includes the following four favorite previously-published essays plus one brand-new, never-been-published essay by Augusten Burroughs:
--MINT THRESHOLD
--UNCLEAR SAILING
--COMMERICAL BREAK
--DEBBIE’S REQUIREMENTS
--SWAN SONG (new!)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429958547
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 50
  • Sales rank: 96,753
  • File size: 447 KB

Meet the Author

Augusten Burroughs

AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS is the New York Times bestselling author of A Wolf At The Table, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking, Dry, Running with Scissors, and Sellevision. He lives in New York City and Amherst, Massachusetts.

Biography

Although Augusten Burroughs achieved moderate success with his debut novel, Sellevision, it was his 2002 memoir, Running with Scissors, that catapulted him into the literary stratosphere. Indeed, few writers have spun a bizarre childhood and eccentric personal life into literary gold with as much wit and panache as Burroughs, whose harrowing accounts of dysfunction and addiction are offset by an acerbic humor readers and critics find irresistible.

Born Christopher Robison (he changed his name when he turned 18), Burroughs is the son of an alcoholic father who abandoned his family and a manic-depressive mother who fancied herself a poet in the style of Anne Sexton. At age 12, he was farmed out to his mother's psychiatrist, a deeply disturbed -- and disturbing -- man whose medical license was ultimately revoked for gross misconduct. In Running with Scissors, Burroughs recounts his life with the pseudonymous Finch family as an experience tantamount to being raised by wolves. The characters he describes are unforgettable: children of assorted ages running wild through a filthy, dilapidated Victorian house, totally unfettered by rules or inhibitions; a variety of deranged patients who take up residence with the Finches seemingly at will; and a 33-year-old pedophile who lives in the backyard shed and initiates an intense, openly homosexual relationship with the 13-year-old Burroughs right under the doctor's nose.

That he is able to wring humor and insight out of this shocking scenario is testimony to Burroughs's writing skill. Upon its publication in 2002, Scissors was hailed as "mordantly funny" (Los Angeles Times), "hilarious" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "sociologically suggestive and psychologically astute" (The New York Times). The book became a #1 bestseller and was turned into a 2006 movie starring Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, and Joseph Fienes.

[Although the doctor who "raised" Burroughs was never named in the memoir, six members of the real-life family sued the author and his publisher for defamation, claiming that whole portions of the book were fabricated. Burroughs insisted that the book was entirely accurate but agreed in the 2007 settlement to change the wording of the author's note and acknowledgement in future editions of the book. He was never required to change a single word of the memoir itself.]

Since Running with Scissors, Burroughs has mined snippets of his life for more bestsellers, including further installments of his memoir (Dry, A Wolf at the Table) and several well-received collections of razor-sharp essays. His writing continues to appear in newspapers and magazines around the world, and he is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's Morning Edition.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Burroughs:

"When I was very young, maybe six or seven, I used to make little books out of construction paper and wallpaper. Then I'd sew the spine of the book with a needle and thread. Only after I had the actual book did I sit down with a pencil and write the text. I actually still have one of these little books and it's titled, obliquely, Little Book."

"Well, all of a sudden I am obsessed with PMC. For those of you who think I am speaking about plastic plumbing fixtures, I am not. PMC stands for Precious Metal Clay. And it works just like clay clay. You can shape it into anything you want. But after you fire it, you have something made of solid 22k gold or silver. So you want to be very careful. Anyway, I plan to make dog tags. So there's something."

"I'm a huge fan of English shortbread cookies, of anything English really. I very nearly worship David Strathairn. And I'm afraid that if I ever return to Sydney, Australia, I may not return."

"I will never refuse potato chips or buttered popcorn cooked in one of those thingamajigs you crank on top of the stove."

"And my politics could be considered extreme, as I truly believe that people who molest or otherwise abuse children should be buried in pits. And I do believe our country has been served by white male presidents quite enough for the next few hundred years. I really could go on and on here, so I'd best stop."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Augusten X. Burroughs
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York and western Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 23, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      No formal education beyond elementary school
    2. Website:

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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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