Book Reviews, non fiction 0 comments on Dry – by Augusten Burroughs

Dry – by Augusten Burroughs

I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary that you read Burroughs’ first memoir before reading Dry, because Burroughs does a great job of filling in the blanks just enough to make the reader get what he’s referring to. I still highly recommend reading Running with Scissors first, anyway, to get the full story.

Dry takes place a few years after the end of Running With Scissors, and is primarily about Burrough’s stint in rehab, getting “dry”. He was working in advertising, and basically was given the choice of going to rehab because of his drinking, or losing his job. He “chose” rehab.

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Book Reviews, non fiction 2 comments on Running with Scissors – by Augusten Burroughs

Running with Scissors – by Augusten Burroughs

Your childhood, no matter how bad or crazy you think it was, will seem tame in comparison to what Augusten Burroughs experienced. Running with Scissors is one of those memoirs that makes all of us with “bad childhoods” feel a little more “normal”.

Burroughs writes so honestly, so intimately, censoring nothing, that it makes the reader feel like they’ve been sitting inside his head while these events were being lived.

Burroughs has his family fall apart at an early age. His dad is clearly an alcoholic, and his mom starts having mental health issues. She starts seeing this really eccentric psychologist (as a therapist, not as a lover) and suddenly, Augusten finds himself spending more and more time with the therapist’s dysfunctional family.

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Prey – by Michael Crichton

Somewhere in Nevada, science has gone terribly wrong. The book Prey can be described as a science-fiction/thriller.

Jack, a self described “househusband”, stays home and takes care of his three children. Julia, his wife, is a scientist, working on a top secret project that Jack (and the other spouses) know almost nothing about. It turns out that no one, not even the scientists in charge of this project, were very well informed about what it was they were up against.

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