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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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    kyle rome, GA, United States 01-25-13
    kyle rome, GA, United States 01-25-13
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-20-08
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-20-08 Member Since 2015

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Flawed but amusing - worth the listen"

    This book was flawed in several dimensions but was nevertheless worth the listen. The writing is a bit sophomoric and stilted, and the novel lacks much depth and color, but this is, of course, expected from a memoir of a long term alcoholic/drug addict. Finally, the ending is particularly unsatisfying both in not really resolving the issues and being a bit sappy. Nevertheless, Dry was well worth the listen. The narration by the author is snappy, clear, and focused. There are many amusing incidents, and the story provides an interesting viewpoint from the standpoint of a smart, creative, successful, gay alcoholic. The book flies by entertainingly and I was exposed to a unique perspective. Although there were more clich?s than I prefer, the clich?s and sappiness somehow fit the book pretty well. If you don't expect too much, I think you will find this a pleasant listen.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    ascetic Seattle, WA USA 01-12-06
    ascetic Seattle, WA USA 01-12-06 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent. Not his top book, though."

    This is a very good book, and I'd wholeheartedly recommend it over James Frey's book. (Which just blew up into a big controversy recently, after I'd just happened to listen to both.) I'd say you should read Running with Scissors first, as it's a great book on its own, and an important intro to this one. Magical Thinking is good too, but check out the other two first.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Stratford, PE, Canada 05-20-04
    Donald Stratford, PE, Canada 05-20-04 Member Since 2002

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    "one day at a time"

    Interesting story of a alcoholic attempting to obtain and maintain sobriety before he is destroyed by his addiction. He makes a point of talking about his gayness and spends a lot of time talking about his sexual experiences and feelings.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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."

    Buy me,

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Logan, UT, United States 06-17-04
    Brian Logan, UT, United States 06-17-04 Member Since 2004
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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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