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Magical Thinking: True Stories [Paperback]

Augusten Burroughs
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Book Description

Sept. 15 2005
From the #1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry--a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection. True stories that give voice to the thoughts we all have but dare not mention. It begins with a Tang Instant Breakfast Drink television commercial when Augusten was seven. Then there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. Dating an undertaker and much more. A collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate and very funny.

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It would be tempting to call these highly personal and uninhibited essays painfully honest, except that Burroughs (Running with Scissors; Dry) is so forthright about his egocentricity that the revelations don't appear to cause him much pain. He approaches his material with a blithe tone that oozes sarcasm and crocodile tears. But the palpable humor of the writing itself endears listeners to him enough that they won't be completely repelled by even Burroughs's ugliest moments (which include his less than gallant reaction to accidentally stepping on a toddler's fingers in a store). His performance is off the cuff, but even when he's at his least humane, he still comes across as all too human. He adopts the same openness that made his previous memoirs—dealing with his bizarre upbringing and battle with addiction—so successful; now, however, he's focusing on less serious subject matter and displaying failings that are more vain. Burroughs excels in his personifications of others, whether portraying a domineering cleaning woman or an overbearing boss. While some may secretly wish for the death of such a boss, though, Burroughs admits openly and proudly that he believes he can will it to happen. That attitude, which is accentuated by his reading, makes this audiobook a true guilty pleasure.
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*Starred Review* Like fellow essayists David Sedaris and Jonathan Ames, Burroughs possesses a mind-set best described as superlatively disturbed. Following his two unnerving best-sellers, Running with Scissors (2002) and Dry (2003), the self-described "alcoholic, high-school dropout raised in a cult by a crazy psychiatrist" unleashes a brand-new collection of deliciously lurid true tales. In "I Dated an Undertaker," a steamy sexual act is performed in the onetime viewing room for Rose Kennedy's wake. "Telemarketing Revenge" reveals a raunchy solution for relentless nocturnal callers. And in "Debby's Requirements," a diminutive, passive-aggressive cleaning lady takes the unsuspecting author to court. Burroughs is a proponent of "magical thinking," the belief that a person can control the world with his mind. (It's like a grown-up version of "Step on a crack and break your mother's back.") In the title story, his wish for the demise of a moody, expletive-spewing boss is granted, though not by means of a moving bus, as he would have liked. Steroid-induced cleaning sprees; prickly encounters with priests; a nerve-shredding session with a sadistic dentist's drill--brimming with bawdy language and bodily fluids, this volume by a man "made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions," offers an irresistible display of sanity hanging by a thread. Allison Block
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does It Again Nov. 4 2004
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Reviewer: FriendlySound (Radio D.J.)

With wit and candor comes another great book by Augusten Burroughs. If you thought "Running With Scissors" and "Dry" were excellent, then you will love "Magical Thinking" even better. I would have to say I would love to read some fiction material out of him as well. He is truly a gifted writer. Thankfully at one of his signings, I was able to meet him and he is just as impressive in real life as he protrays in his books.
along with his other books I also recommend A Paper Life (great memoir by Tatum O'Neil), Dress You Family In Corduroy (David Sedaris another great) and Nightmares Echo (hauntingly good memoir by Katlyn Stewart)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the title says--loved it! June 3 2005
By Shelly
Augusten Burroughs is the master of the written word, he has proven this with his books "RUNNING WITH SCISSORS" and "DRY". This book, "MAGICAL THINKING" is no exception. It is not quite as autobiographical as his other books, but yet it is as well. Partly funny, partly sad-your emotions will run the gambit (again true of his other works). This will be another long-term best-seller. I cannot wait to read more from him. Along the lines of best reads this summer, As with the aforementioned books, I would like to recommend --------------IF I KNEW THEN and --------------THE CHILDREN'S CORNER by Jackson McCrae-both honest reflections of different types of abuse, yet inspirational reads as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Step in Love March 25 2005
By A Customer
I fall more and more in love with the writing of Augusten Burroughs with each of his books that I read. He has found a niche and really thrives in it. 'Magical Thinking' is written in the same tradition as Burroughs' brilliant 'Dry.' Reviewers will be inclined to cite similarities to authors like Rikki Lee Travolta ('My Fractured Life') and David Sedaris ('Holidays on Ice') and rightfully so.
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He is a master of introducing you to his quirky past. I like his style and the way he is open about his past experiences.
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