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A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father | [Augusten Burroughs]

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father

A Wolf at the Table is the story of Augusten's relationship with his father, John Robison, Sr., a man only briefly touched upon in Running With Scissors. Told with shocking honesty and penetrating insight, A Wolf at the Table is more than the companion volume to Running with Scissors - it's a story of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.
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Publisher's Summary

Millions of listeners have been flat-out astonished, profoundly moved, and massively entertained by the writing of Augusten Burroughs. Now, with A Wolf at the Table - his first full-length memoir in five years - Augusten returns to his literary roots as one of the most famous memoirists of our time, yet he makes a quantum leap forward into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son.

A Wolf at the Table is the story of Augusten's relationship with his father, John Robison, Sr., a man only briefly touched upon in Running With Scissors. Told with shocking honesty and penetrating insight, A Wolf at the Table is more than the companion volume to Running with Scissors - it's a story of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.

Featuring exclusive, all new original songs by Patti Smith, Sea Wolf, Ingrid Michaelson, and Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara.

Listen to Running with Scissors.

©2008 Island Road, LLC (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"There are books that were born for bells and whistles, and Augusten Burroughs's A Wolf at the Table is one....This fifth memoir of abuse and excess is read, bleated, rumbled and, at times, tearfully shouted by the author himself. The audio book...breaks new ground by presenting four songs written expressly for the production." (The Washington Post)
"Intense, sincere, and passionate, Burroughs offers a deeply felt, intimate portrait of the most disastrous period in his life. He holds nothing back, and in fully giving voice to his emotions, he makes each moment immediate for the listener." (AudioFile)

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    James Gordon New York, NY 05-06-08
    James Gordon New York, NY 05-06-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Embarrassingly Bad"

    As someone who has read all of Augusten Burroughs books and loved his style and wry observations, this mess came as a shock. It's bad beyond belief, and seems to be written by someone other than the careful and witty author we've come to know. Mr. Burrough's self-pitying has lost its charm. Perhaps he's tapped dry his own life as his major source of literary acumen. He definitely needs to get a grip. Hopefully, he will move on to greener fields. His sharp sense of human frailties needs new targets. His family deserves a rest.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Silver spring, MD, United States 11-23-08
    Barbara Silver spring, MD, United States 11-23-08 Member Since 2005
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    "This book should come with a Warning"

    I couldn't get through it and got stuck at the horror show of his pet experience. No need to terrorize yourself if you are a lover of animals and small children.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    kandinsky2 New York, NY USA 04-05-09
    kandinsky2 New York, NY USA 04-05-09 Member Since 2002

    Joel

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    "A narcissist looks back"

    The only thing more appalling than the horrific family events Burroughs recounts is the cloying, narcissistic, self-cherishing way Burroughs narrates. Every word is lovingly wrapped in self-admiring cotton ("I wrote this word!" "I chose this word!" "I can't believe myself!"), which is not only tiring: it breaks the flow of narration. I was finally able to accommodate myself to this unnecessarily drawn-out style of speaking, and the book manages to come through as a sad, frightening and sympathetic self-portrait.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi Beaumont, CA, USA 08-30-08
    Jodi Beaumont, CA, USA 08-30-08
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    "perfect"

    this book is perfect, beautiful...i had a hard time with the first few minutes because it's not what i expected - but, i continued on an was mesmerized.

    try his brother's book: "look me in the eye" if you liked "wolf at the table". it will fill some of the gaps.

    i hope that if the author himself reads any of these reviews he can see that he has at least touched one reader with the audio version, and certainly the book itself.

    perfect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 12-07-08
    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 12-07-08 Member Since 2004

    audiobookaholic

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    "Bleak"

    A horrible tale of a miserable childhood, told in a psychiatrist's-office-confessional style. It took me a long time to get past the author's voice and the stylization of the production, but ultimately this book was strongly affecting. If Augusten Burroughs truly lived through what he describes in this book, he is a much stronger being than most of us. I, for one, don't think I would have made it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Chantilly, VA, USA 06-21-09
    Jennifer Chantilly, VA, USA 06-21-09
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    "WOW"

    I really liked this book. I actually read Running with Scissors and I could not get into it (I saw the movie too and was not that interested in it either). My sister was telling me about this book so I decided to try it out. WOW, I was enthralled with the story as it unfolded and it clarified A LOT of what happened in Running with Scissors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    03-11-09
    03-11-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Get Ready..."

    Be ready for a very intense experience.... I will remember this book every time I think back about a less than perfect, verging on dysfunctional childhood, and note that, compared to this one, mine was mild! Many Thanks to this author for an honest account of a truely dysfunctional childhood... None of us can really use our chidhood as an excuse to fail, now can we......

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Park Ridge, NJ, USA 11-24-08
    Regina Park Ridge, NJ, USA 11-24-08
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    "Exciting Listen With Great Narration"

    This audiobook was a well executed production. The author's emotional narration was intense and capatavating. Great supplement to Running With Scissors. The epilogue explaining the original music used in the production was also very interesting. I highly recommend this listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jen corrales, NM, USA 10-15-08
    Jen corrales, NM, USA 10-15-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Wolf at the table"

    I have read Dry and Running with... I just could get past the 2nd chapter. Too dark for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Riverman63 Riverside CA 05-21-08
    Riverman63 Riverside CA 05-21-08 Member Since 2005

    Drudge

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    "Zzzzzz"

    Reading the phone book would be more stimulating. Get over yourself Augusten. This book may be a better Read than a Listen. I gave it almost 2 hours and could not stand another minute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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