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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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    Timothy loves park, IL, USA 03-30-07
    Timothy loves park, IL, USA 03-30-07
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    "As far a novels go, it is a great book."

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    Brian Logan, UT, United States 06-17-04
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    "Navel Gazing Taken to All New Lows"

    While the subject matter is rich in potential, Burroughs thoroughly fails to deliver. Listening to his memoir reminded me of reading students' (high school students, no less) personal essays - earnest, heartfelt, but embarrassingly tortured and cliched. The author's memoir amounts to no more than glorified adolescent navel gazing - which one can get plenty of by simply switching on MTV, or basking in the dreck that is "Dawson's Creek" or "The OC" or "One Tree Hill" or any number of other interchangeable teen shows on the WB. (What is disturbing is that Burroughs must have written this book in his late 20s, so why does it come so close to the writings of a 15 year old?)

    More important than saving your money, save your time. If you purchase this audiobook and sit through the whole thing, you will have lost a precious lot of time (8hrs 30mins) that you will never, ever get back, and your life will have been poorer for it.

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful
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