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Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs

Possible Side Effects (edition 2007)

by Augusten Burroughs

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Title:Possible Side Effects
Authors:Augusten Burroughs
Info:Picador (2007), Paperback, 304 pages
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An entertaining enough book to finish, although I wasn't really hooked. His writing style wasn't anything particularly amazing, but I did like some of his little stories. From all the hype over Burroughs, I was actually a little disappointed that this was it. Maybe Running With Scissors will be better.. ( )
  elle-kay | Jan 27, 2016 |
Though many of these essays focus on Burroughs' childhood, they read easier than his memoir. He offers humorous spins on his advertising career, as well as dating after he turns 30. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
Burroughs is weirdly tone-deaf when it comes to race. Otherwise, a collection that alternates well between making you laugh (or at least chuckle) and smacking you in the face with harsh feelings.

Even though I never *really, really love* Burroughs' books, they're incredibly comforting reads when the weather gets cold. ( )
  lunaluxor | Oct 29, 2015 |
Possible side effects offers "more of the same". Newcomers to the fictional world of Augusten Burroughs will be dazzled by his peculiar supposedly autobiographical hodge-podge of gays, lesbians, midgets and other weirdos all mixed up. Readers familiar may find Possible side effects lacking the sharp, snidiness of some of the other, better collections of short stories.

Hyperbole only works as long as it is extraordinary. However, the whole universe of Augusten Burroughs is supposedly out-of-the-ordinary, and therefore the effect wears off. The collection shows signs of fatigue, and particularly the stories that make up the body of the book are largely rather weak

If you have never read anything by Augusten Burroughs , this might be a good book to start, as the stories are funny, but not as over the top as some of his other work. ( )
  edwinbcn | Jan 19, 2015 |
This is a collection of short stories, and it was pretty good. Augusten lived a pretty messed up childhood, and it sounds like it developed into some pretty hard core addiction problems.

He writes about his life, and I laugh, until I realize this is supposed to be true? Then I feel incredibly sorry for him....but at least he has found a way to make a living from his experiences....

My personal favorite of his stories was the one where he convinced his friend, a self-acclaimed Lipstick Lesbian, to take out a personal add that cost $3,000...and that's just the beginning of the troubles.

Entertaining book, for sure. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs's most provocative collection of true stories yet. From nicotine gum addiction to lesbian personal ads to incontinent dogs, Possible Side Effects mines Burroughs's life in a series of uproariously funny essays. These are stories that are uniquely Augusten, with all the over-the-top hilarity of Running with Scissors, the erudition of Dry, and the breadth of Magical Thinking. A collection that is universal in its appeal and unabashedly intimate, Possible Side Effects continues to explore that which is most personal, mirthful, disturbing, and cherished, with unmatched audacity. A cautionary tale in essay form. Be forewarned--hilarious, troubling, and shocking results might occur.

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A collection of personal tales features the author's wry observations about such topics as eBay addiction, gay personal ads, and Santa Claus.

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