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This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410449139
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Augusten Burroughs
When Augusten Burroughs released 2002's Running with Scissors -- his memoir about growing up in the mother of all dysfunctional families -- readers didn't know whether to drop their jaws in horror or hold their stomachs from laughing. Whatever reactions he gets from readers, Burroughs's gift for dishing on all things stranger than fiction has made him a bestselling author.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    The truth shall set you free

    This is an amazingly simple, straightforward book. I plan to read it over and over again, and believe me, that's rare for me. In fact, I plan to buy hard copies and distribute to certain friends and family.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    I hardly ever write reviews. This book is an exceptional gift t

    I hardly ever write reviews. This book is an exceptional gift to the world in the times we live in. If you are sick and tired of pop psychology and want the truth about your situation, this is the book for you. The author cuts through the b.s., with a machete. He literally reasons with you as to why all the conventional wisdom on these issues is completely wrong. I suspect he's done a lot of self investigation. If you are the slightest bit skeptical, I suggest you down load the free sample. You will know what he says is true on a spiritually intuitive level.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Highly recommended

    What I recommend is reading all of Augusten's books in order. He will really connect with you. It's like you know him. He is hands down one of the best writers out now.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    I cannot say enough about how wonderful I found this book to be.

    I cannot say enough about how wonderful I found this book to be. I am wary of the mental health field, self-help guides, blah, blah, blah. This was a no nonsense, practical, down-to-earth handbook for life's many hurdles. I have already given 2 as gifts. Anyone who is contemplating the therapy route should read this book first.

    Thank you, Mr. Burroughs, for your wisdom and humor.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    *advanced readers copy* Augusten Burroughs provides methods of o

    *advanced readers copy*
    Augusten Burroughs provides methods of overcoming numerous obstacles in our own psyches like: grief, shyness, lushery and spinsterhood to name a few. This advice coming from a realist is honest and darkly humorous at the same time. He covers every topic that is the bread and butter for psychologists everywhere.
    I am not a fan of self help. I have seen people go down dangerous and illegal avenues after reading some self help books available on the market. This is not that kind of self help. You aren’t required to travel the world spending money you don’t have or buying a bunch of vitamins you can’t pronounce. This is the stuff that we already know, but are too lazy to face. To use the now famous cliché; I had several ah-ha moments while reading this and getting stomach cramps because I was laughing so hard. This is the one self help book I will recommend to everyone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    I am addicted to self help books and so when I heard Mr. B wrote

    I am addicted to self help books and so when I heard Mr. B wrote one I ran to get it. This is funny and harsh yet a real eye opener. I agree with him, this is the book he was meant to write!! I heart him

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Not typical Burroughs

    I tried to enjoy this book but couldn't. It was missing the wit and humor I was used to from Burroughs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    I hate self-help books. But . . .

    No, I really do. The paper they're printed on would be better used for bird-cage liners, or shredded for mulch. Psycho-babble, clap-trap, "I'm OK, You're OK" -- good grief, if we're all OK why are we reading these?

    This book, however -- no sugar-coating, no garbage. Just full, brutal honesty. From ending your life without committing suicide, to becoming "thin," to dealing with the death of a loved one -- you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel the sting of a wake-up slap across the face. Burroughs is not here to comfort you. He's here to show you how to reach deep inside for those nuggets of truth that you've so carefully wrapped in camouflage and hidden away. Because, as he says, truth is a force. Hiding it is like standing in front of an on-coming tornado and saying "I don't believe in tornadoes;" that's not going to stop the wind from blowing you away.

    Get this book. Really.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    this is a must read for any person of any age. a raw and honest

    this is a must read for any person of any age.
    a raw and honest book that makes you re- examine every element of your own life is almost impossible to come by, but this one does so seamlessly.
    this has changed the way that i think about my life in more ways than one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    G Insightful

    Great read, but you can get lost in the details. These details would be best explained in a kind of summary paragraph. Overall, I loved it and love his writing style.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS SELF-HELP BOOK IS PURE TRUTH

    Burroughs breaks free from the typical self-help genre and with true grit writes off the edge of the page pulling the reader with him. He takes the reader to the interior of the soul and teaches us how to not only survive life's tragedies rather how to remain in the present, connected, while finding beauty, even if only a glimpse, inside the deepest pain and darkness people will face. He offers navagational tools and a mirror which reflects truth in its raw form. Augusten Burroughs writes as a maestro, playing his symphony of words.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Exceeded my expectations!

    This book made me laugh and cry and seriously stop to think about certains things that I and other people do on a regular basis without even knowing what we're doing. There's a chapter in here for everyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Ok

    Enjoyable but not his best work.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

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    One of the best books I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    great

    read it

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Probably my favorite book , got my copy signed at a book signing

    Probably my favorite book , got my copy signed at a book signing in LA and lent it to a friend, bought a second copy to give as a gift, just all a great no b/s kind of book, I suggest  if you feel the same to buy a second copy and lend it out. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    This is How:...

    Depressing yet I didn't want to stop reading it. Was always curious to see what the next subject would bring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    An awful waste of time

    I'm not sure what the point of this is. I think he's trying to be shocking, but he's not nearly as profound as he thinks he is, and it all falls flat. There's no context to the "advice," and no evidence he's qualified to tell someone how to live. This was painful.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Not the book you think it is

    As a fan of Augusten Borroughs i was expecting this to be a hilarious take on self help books. Instead it is a decidedly unfunny attempt at a real self help book - except that its not at all helpful. Forced myself to read a few chapters but could not get past about the halfway point. How disapointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Highly disappointed in this book. I wasn't expecting it to be a

    Highly disappointed in this book. I wasn't expecting it to be a genuine self-help book, which it was. I read all his books ferociously and love them. However, this is mediocre.

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