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Magical Thinking: True Stories | [Augusten Burroughs]

Magical Thinking: True Stories

A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.
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Publisher's Summary

A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places. With Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs goes where other memoirists fear to tread.

©2004 Island Road, LLC; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This collection showcases Burroughs's sharp, funny and sometimes brilliant writing....Burroughs's smooth prose, peppered with charming and awkward moments, is occasionally reminiscent of David Sedaris and David Rakoff. But he's no imitator of those essayists. Rather, Burroughs ambles toward insight in a continual state of self-examination and just happens to have peculiar adventures along the way." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Caryl Metuchen, NJ, United States 12-04-11
    Caryl Metuchen, NJ, United States 12-04-11
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    "It was good, just..."

    Not as good as Running with Scissors. Slower, less interesting storyline. He's a great story-teller and writer. Worth getting.

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    Janet 12-31-10
    Janet 12-31-10
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    "At Least He Admits Being Self Absorbed"

    I finished reading this because I was hoping for some growth or redemption -- a learning experience that will turn this person into a true contributor to betterment of the human condition.

    Didn't happen. Self-absorbed, hedonistic, pathetic. At least someone loves him. At least he has no intention of procreating or parenting the next generation. At least he was honest with us.

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    Russell Freeland, PA, USA 08-28-06
    Russell Freeland, PA, USA 08-28-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Magical Listening"

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book. But It proved to be interesting, entertaining and thought provoking. You really get to see things from another side of the coin. If you think you have had an interesting life, you will think again when you have heard this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BR mom 08-10-05
    BR mom 08-10-05
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    "Excellent non-fiction"

    Bright, funny, observant, literate, and lyrical. Burroughs is brilliant. When I want non-fiction, he and David Sedaris can make me laugh even on the cloudiest of days, while simultaneously making me think of things in new and different ways. Truly one of the most clever and thoughtful writers of our time. A writer I'd love to sit and shoot the bull with.

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    "Never even gets off the ground"

    I didn't think this book was funny or remotely interesting. I was stuck on a plane with nothing to do and I couldn't get past the first hour.

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    Teresa West Chester, OH, USA 10-23-04
    Teresa West Chester, OH, USA 10-23-04
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    "Gave up after 45 minutes"

    Got through the Tang commercial without a chuckle and couldn't stand it any more. Dull humor.

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    Christine Alexandria, VA, USA 10-20-04
    Christine Alexandria, VA, USA 10-20-04
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    "I couldn't get past the mouse chapter"

    I've listened to his other books and enjoyed them a lot. I can't say the same about this book. The entire chapter about trying to kill the mouse with bug killer bothered me so much that I had to stop listening. It wasn't funny.

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    Edwin Bomba 01-16-05
    Edwin Bomba 01-16-05
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    "Another excellent Burrroughs"

    Fun and moving.

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    Justin Seattle, WA, USA 12-03-04
    Justin Seattle, WA, USA 12-03-04
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    "ha ha ha"

    i agree some of the reviews must be from homophobes and the others from peta characters because the murder of the rat thang was the best part of the book HAHAHA

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