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Dry: A Memoir | [Augusten Burroughs]

Dry: A Memoir

At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. When Augusten is forced to examine himself, he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power
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Publisher's Summary

You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twentysomething guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.

©2003 Augusten Burroughs; ©2003 by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Mr. Burroughs remains ebulliently glib when it's useful, as befits his advertising skills....[He] remains adept at mixing comedy and calamity." (The New York Times)
"Like the alcohol he so enjoys, Burroughs' story of getting dry will go straight into your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and wiped out...this memoir operates on a high level of involvement and suspense." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[A] wrenching, edifying journey...with the added benefit of being really entertaining." (The New York Times Book Reviews)
"Harrowing yet hilarious personal encounter....His performance blends self-deprecating black humor with wise-cracking confidence. His natural wit and charm keep the listener rooting for his success." (AudioFile)

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    sandra decatur, TX, United States 05-04-11
    sandra decatur, TX, United States 05-04-11
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    "Fascinating and raw"

    And also occasionally quite funny. This is a great memoir as it really chronicles the side of addiction that comes after the party ends. It should be required listening for all teens and 20-somethings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 06-27-06
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 06-27-06 Member Since 2005
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    "I agree, it is a really great book"

    I agree with all of the reviewers before me. Augusten Burroughs has written another, really interesting and intelligent story about his life. It is one of those types of stories that you learn alot from, and are sad when it ends. Can't say that about alot of books. I think the fact that he reads them makes the stories even more personal. I highly recommend "Running With Scissors", this book "Dry", and "Possible Side Effects". If anything you will finish the books and have a slightly altered outlook on existence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neill North Hollywood, CA, USA 03-18-10
    Neill North Hollywood, CA, USA 03-18-10
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    "Awesome perspective"

    Spouse of a 120 day recovered alcoholic, this book helped me try and understand. Couldn't put it down. Very humorous in parts.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Matthews, NC, United States 05-13-09
    Wendy Matthews, NC, United States 05-13-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Dry does say it all"

    When I read "Running With Scissors", same author, I found myself laughing and then horrified when I kept remembering this was a real story.

    With Dry I felt this compassion, as a fellow addict/alcoholic, with Augustens struggles. His honestly is well noted repeatedly.

    The toughest part of the book is seeing him know what AA is and where it is and yet there he stands, like a caged animal with the key in his hand suffering and screaming to get out.

    I hate for him how much he had to lose while he kept himself there and hope by now he has used that key and is living in the Light.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura BARTLETT, IL, United States 08-27-13
    Laura BARTLETT, IL, United States 08-27-13
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    "Great book"
    Where does Dry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like this book. It has made me want to read others by the author


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bethany GROVES, TX, United States 07-23-13
    Bethany GROVES, TX, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "You want forget this book!"
    Where does Dry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked he honesty and guts that Augusten took to write this about himself. I think it could hit home with millions of people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augusten of course it takes in my opinion a lot to let the world know all about yourself. Some good and usually, mostly bad.


    Which character – as performed by Augusten Burroughs – was your favorite?

    It would have to be Hayden, he reminds me of a friend. I did like Pighead but felt his character wasn't given enough explanation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Most definitely and did!


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite reads are always memoirs, I love the way people have what it takes to put it all out there for everyone to see good and bad. And most memoirs usually have more bad than good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kyle rome, GA, United States 01-25-13
    kyle rome, GA, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Be careful this is more about gay than kicking the"
    What would have made Dry better?

    I couldn't relate


    What about Augusten Burroughs’s performance did you like?

    He is a great narrator and very funny


    Any additional comments?

    I learned that I'm not an alcoholic and defiantly not gay. If your metro this is a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Stapleton Detroit, MI 11-13-12
    M. Stapleton Detroit, MI 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It was OK"
    What did you like best about Dry? What did you like least?

    I liked the insight to the recovery process. I didn't like the romance side of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Buccleugh Bronx, NY, United States 06-13-12
    Sarah Buccleugh Bronx, NY, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    What does Augusten Burroughs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love that the book is read by the author. It gives it a really personal touch.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is so much that is good about this book but I don't want to spoil any of it for people who haven't listened or read it. If you haven't experienced it, please do. Its a great listen. Its a page turner. I didn't want it to end.


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    Jason WANNEROO, Australia 05-21-12
    Jason WANNEROO, Australia 05-21-12
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    "Not so Funny"

    Its a very dark story of his struggle with alcoholism. Whilst its a good story I did not find this funny or humorous at all. If you are looking for humor then this is not your book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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