You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas

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"You've eaten too much candy at Christmas ... but have you ever eaten the face off a six-footstuffed Santa? You've seen gingerbread houses ... but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You've woken up with a hangover ... but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs has, and in this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant, and moving collection he recounts Christmases past and present - as only he can." Augusten reveals how the holidays bring out the worst in us and sometimes, just sometimes, the very, ...

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Overview

"You've eaten too much candy at Christmas ... but have you ever eaten the face off a six-footstuffed Santa? You've seen gingerbread houses ... but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You've woken up with a hangover ... but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs has, and in this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant, and moving collection he recounts Christmases past and present - as only he can." Augusten reveals how the holidays bring out the worst in us and sometimes, just sometimes, the very, very best.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Santa flasher on the cover is only the first full frontal surprise in Augusten Burroughs's book. The man who went Running with Scissors is back with an equally reckless batch of memories, monologues, and hangover aftermaths. True to the subtitle, most of these tales of personal excess concern the holidays, when everything goes woefully and ridiculously wrong when you want it to go right.
Publishers Weekly
With hilarious, heart-warming, and emotional Yule-tide tales, Burroughs revisits his childhood Christmases that seemed to bring out the best and worst in his family and friends. Burroughs reads with such ease and candor he seems more old friend than narrator. With his crisp diction, smooth delivery, and relentlessly funny material, Burroughs could easily have a new career as a performer, but for now, listeners can give thanks for this early Christmas present. A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Jul. 13). (Nov.)
Library Journal
The popular Burroughs (Running with Scissors; A Wolf at the Table) returns with a collection of seven short stories tied together by the Christmas season that ring with his signature dark comedic style. Although they're entertaining, the stories may cause one to question how true some of them are. Beginning with childhood recollections and then moving into adulthood, he displays his own brand of sentimental attachment to elements of the holiday, such as Christmas trees and lights. (Readers not familiar with Burroughs should be warned that religion is not the focus here.) The final two stories, which discuss his relationships with significant men in his life, provide more depth than the mainly comic and rather superficial early pieces. In fact, "Silent Night," the final story, carries a sharp tone of honesty as his desire for normalcy in a chaotic life becomes evident. VERDICT Even though some readers may find the writing grotesque and offensive, Burroughs's fame and following cannot be denied. Those who enjoyed his previous memoirs are likely anticipating this release. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/09.]—Stacy Russo, Chapman Univ. Libs., Orange, CA
Kirkus Reviews
The high priest of mortifying disaster serves up a fine selection of cringe-inducing yuletide fiascos. Burroughs (A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father, 2008, etc.) begins this gathering of Christmas nightmares with his confusion about Santa and Jesus, who he assumed were the same entity. "I could identify Coke or Pepsi with just one sip," he writes, "but I could not tell you for sure why they strapped Santa to a cross. Had he missed a house?" His "brief and entirely baffling period of Sunday school" failed to clarify the issue, especially since Burroughs spent most of that time eating the lead paint flecks off the aging metal toys. One Christmas, his grandparents brought him a life-sized Santa. He was so attracted to it that his innocent kisses accelerated into him eating Santa's wax face. "Even from across the room I could see the carnage that was Santa's face. I'd disfigured him, hideously," he writes. "I felt sure that even Jesus, with his love for the maimed, would turn away." Burroughs also recounts some of the vibrant repartee he shared with his mother and father after yet another failed Christmas: "You are officially free to kill each other!" he grants his warring parents. "Well, well," replies his mother. "Bravo, you hateful spoiled thing." Eventually the author's tone shows signs of empathy, a humanism toward the folks with whom he shares the mornings-after: the "Santa" he awakens next to one blackout dawn, with a "doughy body" and "small, World War II-era erection"; the street woman with whom he shares a city bench, who, when she sang, "filled the space between the flakes of falling snow and packed the air with beauty."Another winner from a master of comic timing andpoignant reflection. First printing of 500,000
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"[Burroughs] matches fine perceptive writing with heartfelt, note-[erfect narrating, achieving an emotional power few audiobooks can match. Burrough's life can be a wild ride, and his reading can match it, but it's a ride worth taking." –AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

 

"Burroughs reads with such ease and candor he seems more old friend than narrator. With his crisp diction, smooth delivery, and relentlessly funny material, Burroughs could easily have a new career as a performer, but for now, listeners can give thanks for this early Christmas present." – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 

"In his trademark wit and self-deprecating humor, author Augusten Burroughs compiles his favorite Christmas memories in his new book, You Better Not Cry." – VanityFair.com

 

"Burroughs has the sort of distinct voice that lends his stories a memorable charm." –CreativeLoafing.com

 

"...He [Burroughs] takes listeners on a rollicking, personal chronological tour of some of his more memorable Christmases...this is laugh-out-loud stuff that nevertheless, with genuine warmth and sensitivity, pays homage to the spirit of giving for which the holiday season is known." - Sound Commentary

 

"This most candid of memorists evokes poignancy and a kind of subversive nostalgia, spiked with flaws and good intentions." - BookPage

 

"He [Burroughs] matches fine perceptive writing with heartfelt, note-perfect narrating, achieving an emotional power few audiobooks can match. Burroughs's life can be a wild ride, and his reading can match it, but it's a ride worth taking." - AudioFile magazine, Earphones Award Winner

 

"Burroughs' stories about Christmas memories alternate between loopy and hilarious and poignant and heartfelt. Burroughs matches his reading style to each story superbly." - Audiopolis, a blog from AudioFile

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616871017
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs is the author of Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking: True Stories, Possible Side Effects, and A Wolf at the Table. He is also the author of the novel Sellevision, which is currently in development for film. The film version of Running with Scissors, directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Brad Pitt, was released in October 2006 and starred Joseph Cross, Brian Cox, Annette Bening (nominated for a Golden Globe for her role), Alec Baldwin and Evan Rachel Wood. Augusten's writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world including The New York Times and New York Magazine. In 2005 Entertainment Weekly named him one of “The 25 Funniest People in America.” He resides in New York City and Western 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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It’s not that I was an outright nitwit of a child. It’s that the things even a nitwit could do with little or no instruction often confused me. Simple, everyday sorts of things tripped me up. Stacking metal chairs, for example. Everybody in class just seemed to know exactly how to fold the seat up into the back and then nest them all together like Pringles potato chips. I sat on the floor for ten minutes with one of the things as if somebody had told me to just stare at it. Concentrate hard, Augusten, try and turn it into an eggplant with your mind. You can do it! The other children appeared to be born with some sort of innate knowledge, as though the action of folding and stacking child-size metal school chairs was gene tically encoded within each of them, like fingernails or a sigmoid colon.

I seemed to lack the ability to comprehend the obvious. From the very beginning there had been warning signs.

Like every kid just starting school, I had to memorize the Pledge of Allegiance—something that would in many towns today be considered prayer and therefore forbidden; akin to forcing a child to drink the blood of a sacrificial goat or unfurl a Tabriz prayer rug and kneel barefoot on it while facing Mecca.

While I managed to learn the words, memorizing isn’t the same as understanding. And of course I was never tested on the meaning of the pledge. It must have simply been taken for granted that even the dimmest child would easily grasp the meaning of a phrase such as I pledge allegiance, especially when that phrase was spoken while standing at strict attention and facing the American flag, hand in a salute above the heart. There was so little room for misinterpretation. It was the Pledge of Allegiance, not Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

Still. If one of the teachers had asked me to explain the meaning of those words—which I chanted parrot- minded and smiling each morning—they certainly would have been shocked to hear me admit that while I didn’t know exactly what it was about, I knew it had something to do with Pledge, the same furniture polish my mother used and that always, inexplicably, made me feel sunny. So each morning as I spoke those hallowed words, it was the bright yellow can with the glowing lemony scent that I pictured.

 

Excerpted from You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs.

Copyright © 2009 by Island Road, LLC.

Published in November 2009 by St. Martin's Press.

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Table of Contents

You Better Not Cry 1

And Two Eyes Made Out of Coal 35

Claus and Effect 49

Ask Again Later 77

Why Do You Reward Me Thus? 101

The Best and Only Everything 129

Silent Night 167

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Customer Reviews

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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.

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

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    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 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

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    Made me want to cry.

    I really wanted to like this book, but it never quite grabbed me. I've heard a lot of people talk about how funny Burroughs's books are and thought I would give one a try. Perhaps I picked the wrong one to start with, but I did not find it as funny as some of the reviews I saw published rated it. To be honest a lot of it seemed more sad than funny. I realize he was trying to add humor to tough times he dealt with at Christmas, but waking up in a hotel room with a stranger who looked and dressed as Santa was scary to me, not funny. I did enjoy the movie "Running with Scissors" so maybe I should have started with that one instead. I most enjoyed when he got to know the homeless people who spent time on his street and saw that homelessness can happen to anyone depending on circumstances and drug use. I was glad to see that he stopped drinking since many of the unfortunate situations he found himself in were a result of overindulgence. It could just be that this type of humor is not for me.
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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 February 22, 2010

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    Dark comedy comes for a Christmas visit...

    Burroughs is back, this time with a Christmas memoir. I first discovered Burroughs about 3 years ago and read every book he had written to date in one month. My friend and I both fell in love with him during the same summer. He is so irreverent and brutally honest. I wrote down pages and pages of quotations as I read Dry and Magical Thinking. Needless to say, I practically peed on myself when I found out he was coming out with another book.

    The memoir starts out rocky for me.Arranged chronologically, his first two or three stories are funny, but not overly so, and something about the first story made me downright uncomfortable. There were great moments, though. Burroughs goes into great detail of his long battle of alcoholism in his memoir Dry, and "Why do you reward me thus" features a Christmas when he goes on a drinking binge and literally wakes up huddled between two honest-to-goodness homeless bums. Or how about waking up next to a fat and dirty Santa in "Ask again later."

    Where Burroughs truly shines is when he is talking about his relationships with George and Dennis. His writing that at times can be crude and completely in your face is immediately tender when talking about those he has loved in the collection's last two stories, "The Best and Only Everything" and "Silent Night." Fans of the irreverent memoir or of Augusten's earlier work will appreciate most of the stories in the collection, especially the last two.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    Not a keeper

    Starts out funny then becomes depressing (almost disturbing). After reading I decided not to add it to my library.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    This book was terrible

    Pooely written, not funny, nor, interesting, a total disaster. I gave it away before fininshing it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

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    Made me want to cry.

    I really wanted to like this book, but it never quite grabbed me. I've heard a lot of people talk about how funny Burroughs's books are and thought I would give one a try. Perhaps I picked the wrong one to start with, but I did not find it as funny as some of the reviews I saw published rated it. To be honest a lot of it seemed more sad than funny. I realize he was trying to add humor to tough times he dealt with at Christmas, but waking up in a hotel room with a stranger who looked and dressed as Santa was scary to me, not funny. I did enjoy the movie "Running with Scissors" so maybe I should have started with that one instead. I most enjoyed when he got to know the homeless people who spent time on his street and saw that homelessness can happen to anyone depending on circumstances and drug use. I was glad to see that he stopped drinking since many of the unfortunate situations he found himself in were a result of overindulgence. It could just be that this type of humor is not for me.
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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    He Never Disappoints

    This book is laugh out loud hilarious. This is the perfect addition to my home library. This book is fun enough to read during Christmas or during the summer. Get it, read it then be prepared to wipe your tears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Fan

    I like the writer. I liked the book.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    This.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

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    You better not...

    I did not cry when I read this around the holidays in 2010.
    I was looking for something not to heavy and most definitely funny.
    I wasn't disappointed during the first short story. However, after that the book went kind of to the dark side a little too much for me. It was not so bad that I put it down.I wound up reading the rest out of curiosity. All in all I give a 3 out of 5.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    Excellent Message - "There is always hope"

    Augusten Burroughs has easily become one of my favorite authors, coming in at number 2 on my top ten favorite authors list. (Sorry Mr. Burroughs, you would be number one had I never read the works of Jane Austen) His self-depreciating writing style makes you laugh and cringe at the same time; laugh with the stories of his odd childhood and cringe at how horrible some parts of his alcoholic and childhood days were. He is unafraid of telling stories about his abusive/alcoholic father, his crazy (literally!) mother, his brother who was diagnosed with Aspergers, and his own life as a former alcoholic. His writing is honest, witty, and courageous as he pours his heart and soul into his words.

    You Better Not Cryis filled with stories that range from Augusten's Christmases from childhood to adulthood and include everything from him eating the face off a styrofoam santa, a drunken Christmas as a bum, losing the love of his life, and many more. In reading the novel you realize that each Christmas is worse than the last one, yet true to the Christmas spirit there is a small glimmer of hope and happiness in each story.

    My favorite of the stories has to be the Christmas when Augusten was alone in NYC and got so drunk that he woke up sleeping outside of a theater with a bum on each side of him. He apparently decided that he wanted to know what it was like to be a bum: buying the local bums sandwiches, giving them money, and just "living" with them across the street from his apartment. Upon waking from his drunken stupor he comes to find out that one of the bums, Shirley, used to be a singer but lost it all to alcohol addiction. After a long conversation, Augusten realizes what his addiction is doing to him and is scared of where his life is headed. Shirley tells him that he the night before, he told her his life story and how he had some much he wanted to write about. She implores him to begin writing to get his life back in order.

    "She continued, 'And if I could, I would ask that you write. You kept saying last night that you had 'whole worlds' inside of you that you needed to get out. Well, get them out, my dear. Focus on this. On something positive for yourself. And for others. I would ask you to set those worlds free.'"

    I guess we can all thank Shirley for telling Augusten this. The literary world truly is a better place for having him in it. But I digress; as I stated earlier the stories each have a small glimmer of hope in them, and in this one it's the fact that he is scared straight. He is convinced that he does not want to end up on the street as a bum and is finally scared that he could. (If you want to read more about his alcoholic days and his struggle with rehabilitating his life check out Dry)

    This book embodies what the Christmas spirit is about. No matter what is going on around you or how bad your actual holiday is, there is always hope. This is Augusten's mantra and it rings true for all his books.

    If you are an Augusten fan then this is an absolute must read for you. For those who haven't read him, it's a great place to start. Of all his books, besides Dry, this has the best message. I heartily encourage all to read this book.

    Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2011

    Gross and grosser!

    A little silliness is fine, but there weren't enough clues (to someone just looking for a little Christmas humor)about the real subject/intended audience of this book. I threw it away instead of passing it on to anyone. Terrible.

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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 16, 2010

    A disappointment

    I had hoped to find a darkly comic holiday book but was left flat by this one. Do yourself a favor and stick with Holidays On Ice.

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

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    No Crying, Just Pouting

    "You Better Not Cry" collects stories and recollections by Augusten Burroughs of the Christmas holiday, its icons, or events of his life that just happened to occur around December 25. The sum of the stories is one man's search for the perfect idealized Christmas after many failed ones throughout a lifetime. Each story/chapter shows Burroughs at a different stage of his life, progressively getting older.

    What I've loved about Burroughs' memoirs in the past is his ability to make us laugh at his miseries or feel amazed at the preposterousness of a situation. As the underdog, I rooted for him. When sharing his poor dating choices, I've commiserated. In this collection of Christmas stories, though, those feelings are missing. Many times, he just comes off as an a**hole. I didn't -- and couldn't -- feel sorry for him and actually felt that the reason for a lot of his misery is payback. A devious, spoiled kid who pouts and makes his parents miserable because he wants a pony and gold nuggets for Christmas? An alcoholic man who is repulsed in the morning when he wakes up in a hotel room with an old man dressed as Santa and verbally abuses him for his own bad judgment? Karma, my friend. Karma.

    While I'm happy that Burroughs has finally found the relationship, family, and life he's always been searching for, I didn't feel the stories included in this collection were a good representation of those desires. This book also isn't a good starting place for any Burroughs novices. It doesn't display the dark humor and dry wit for which Burroughs is known, and that makes my Christmas a little bit sadder.

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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.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    You Better not Cry

    This was very different than the other books by Augusten. But in any case I loved it. It made me cry and laugh at the same time. His writings are awesome, very unique. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    Not worth the time or the money.

    This book was awful. The so-called story was atrocious. Nothing whatsoever that I expected. Would not recommend to anyone.

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