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Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

Dry: A Memoir (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Augusten Burroughs

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Title:Dry: A Memoir
Authors:Augusten Burroughs
Info:Picador (2004), Paperback, 320 pages
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Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs (2003)

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I really enjoyed this book. The ending is heart wrenching for sure. I would give this book 4 1/2 stars if Goodreads allowed it.

He has a great writing style and is a king at similes. ( )
  Blakelybennett | Jan 30, 2014 |
I always tell myself don't start anything by Augusten Burroughs when you have some place to be. Yep, forgot about lunch and my afternoon plans to knock this one out. ( )
  ErikaWasTaken | Sep 22, 2013 |
A fantastic, funny and sad book that held you from the beginning to end. Burroughs is good at portraying himself as humorously intellectual, socially stunted, and otherwise a genuine soul. Touching. I couldn't wait to see how it ended, while not wanting it to end. ( )
  Chancelet | Aug 11, 2013 |
Interesting...but believable?
  eheebner | May 19, 2013 |
Dry indeed, as well as witty, gritty and real. Burroughs, an ad man, unsparingly chronicles his descent into alcoholism and his unlikely redemption. Funny, sad, and very good. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
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In memory of George Stathakis / For my brother / And for Dennis
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Sometimes when you work in advertising you'll get a product that's really garbage and you have to make it seem fantastic, something that is essential to the continued quality of life.
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Fans of Augusten Burroughs's darkly funny memoir Running with Scissors were left wondering at the end of that book what would become of young Augusten after his squalid and fascinating childhood ended. In Dry, we find that although adult Augusten is doing well professionally, earning a handsome living as an ad writer for a top New York agency, Burroughs's personal life is a disaster. His apartment is a sea of empty Dewar's bottles, he stays out all night boozing, and he dabs cologne on his tongue in an unsuccessful attempt to mask the stench of alcohol on his breath at work. When his employer insists he seek help, Burroughs ships out to Minnesota for detoxification, counseling, and amusingly told anecdotes about the use of stuffed animals in group therapy. But after a month of such treatment, he's back in Manhattan and tenuously sober. And while its one thing to lay off the sauce in rehab, Burroughs learns that it's quite another to resume your former life while avoiding the alcohol that your former life was based around. This quest to remain sober is made dramatically more difficult, and the tale more harrowing, when Burroughs begins an ill-advised romance with a crack addict. Certainly the "recovered alcoholic fighting to stay sober" tale is not new territory for a memoirist. But Burroughs's account transcends clichés: it doesn't adhere to the traditional "temptation narrowly resisted" storyline and it features, in Burroughs himself, a central character that is sympathetic even when he's neither likable nor admirable. But what ultimately makes this memoir such a terrific read is a brilliant and candid sense of humor that manages to stay dry even when recalling events where the author was anything but. --John Moe

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An advertising executive remembers his childhood with his eccentric foster family and his early adulthood experiences of trying to establish an independent life for himself.

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