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Blood Matters – by Masha Gessen

It all started when Gessen’s mother died from breast cancer.

Breast cancer is one of the many inherited illnesses, which meant that Gessen herself might be carrying the same mutated gene that caused her mother to develop breast cancer (the same gene was also connected to ovarian cancer). It also meant that Gessen could, potentially, pass that same mutated gene along to her children.

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Sellevision – by Augusten Burroughs

Sellevision is the one and only book written by Augusten Burroughs that is completely fictional. ¬†Burroughs describes Sellevision as “my cheese popcorn book“. It’s yummy, and light, and probably not good for you at all, but it’s so much fun you just can’t put it down. Cheese popcorn is an appropriate description.

Sellevision is the name of a (fictional) home shopping channel, that has employed quite a few eccentric hosts to work for it. Take the movie “Soapdish”, mix it with the movie “Anchorman”, and add just a dash of the cattiness found in whatever tv show about teenagers in high school is the most popular at the moment, and you have Sellevision.

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Possible Side Effects – by Augusten Burroughs

Possible Side Effects is another collection of short story memoirs by Augusten Burroughs. The material in this book is all new, and not found in any of his other books, which never fails to astonish me. How many crazy things can one person have happen in their life, after all? Apparently there is no limit.

The cover of this book is an attention getter. Bright yellow background, the same shade of yellow that stands for “danger” or, if found in nature, indicates that the contents might be poisonous if eaten. There is a large hand on the cover, which I didn’t see anything wrong with until I was nearly done reading the book.

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Magical Thinking: True Stories – by Augusten Burroughs

The term “Magical Thinking” is defined by the Free Online Medical Dictionary as: irrational belief that one can bring about a circumstance or event by thinking about it or wishing for it.

You can find a better definition of Magical Thinking on one of the first pages of Burrough’s book. Burroughs uses the classic childhood example of “step on a crack and break your mother’s back”.

No rational person really believes that stepping on a crack in the sidewalk will cause their mother to have back problems. But, little kids still avoid the cracks, and sometimes, this behavior continues on into adulthood.

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