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You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas (edition 2010)

by Augusten Burroughs

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Title:You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas
Authors:Augusten Burroughs
Info:Picador (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 224 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:read in 2013, alcoholism, memoir, christmas, essays, gay, holidays, homosexuality, humor, dark humor

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You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs is a collection of Christmas essays that range from exceedingly funny to mind-blowingly sad. I was practically in tears after reading the second to last essay entitled “The Best and Only Everything”, and then the last story, for me the gem of the collection, “Silent Night” ended the book on a perfect note. This was not the book I thought it was going to be, but a much more meaningful and deeper reading experience.

The stories run the gamut from abrasively funny, to cynically sentimental, yet instead of an anti-Christmas book, I felt quite warm and fuzzy after I turned the last page. These are certainly not your typical Christmas stories as You Better Not Cry is full of disasters and bad decisions and I think there will be some people put off by his darkness, yet his writing is beautifully descriptive and whether he is writing about his confusion over Santa Claus or his own sexuality, this book comes across as both witty and honest. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Dec 3, 2014 |
These are some stories, memories, of Christmas past by Burroughs. The first ones are from his childhood when little Augusten didn’t know the difference between Santa and Jesus or just wanted all the presents he definitely could get. As the young kid becomes a young man the problems become more severe. And although I started some of these stories thinking “Get over it! Not another booze and wimpy I-am-so-miserable-story”, they all turn out being beautiful images of a life, of experiences and of human interaction that leads to new insights.
Well, I loved “The Best and Only Everything” best because the way Burroughs describes his first long-lasting relationship is so touching and moving, not only because of all the romantic moments, but mainly because of all the true human feelings like dislike, hate, disappointment and regret that are in it, too. And after having read “Silent Night” I really got the Christmassy feeling.
A wonderful read, not only on the 25th of December. ( )
  Kaysbooks | Jan 1, 2014 |
Author tried too hard. ( )
  cherilove | Dec 9, 2013 |
It started off hilarious! It ended on a touching and humorous note, which was a relief from the bummer that was the pentultimate story. Overall, I'd highly recommend it, but I think I'd read the first story last. ( )
  amyolivia | Oct 25, 2013 |
I found this hilarious. I read it immediately after reading "Running With Scissors." I love love love Augusten Burroughs. When he confuses Jesus with Santa I about peed my pants. ( )
  Laurakeggg | Jul 30, 2013 |
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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 could. With gimleteyed wit and illuminated prose, Augusten shows how the holidays bring out the worst in us and sometimes, just sometimes, the very, very best.

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A volume of holiday tales celebrates the author's best and worst Christmas seasons, marked by such memories as a six-foot stuffed Santa, a gingerbread tenement, and waking up with a hangover beside Kris Kringle.

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