Monday, July 23, 2012

This Is How


I am a long-time Augusten Burroughs fan so when I saw he had a new book out, I snapped it up as quickly as my library would allow. I think I was first on the hold list when it was only 'on order.' How's that for efficiency?

Good Reads' Synopsis:

To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between. This Is How is his no-holds-barred book of advice on topics as varied as:
· How to feel like crap
· How to ride an elevator
· How to be thin
· How to be fat
· How to find love
· How to feel sorry for yourself
· How to get the job
· How to end your life
· How to remain unhealed
· How to finish your drink
· How to regret as little as possible

· And much more

Told with Burroughs's unique voice, black humor, and in-your-face advice, This is How is Running With Scissors—with recipes.

What I Thought: I really liked this one because while he gave completely believeable instructions for the above items, Burroughs quick wit and sarcasm shone through. I was surprised about the touching moments that were wedged in between the laughs as well. It was a quick read and if you've not read anything by him before, I'd start elsewhere (probably Running With Scissors). But for a quirky take on a self-help book, This Is How hit the mark.

Rating: * * * 1/2

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