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This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike | [Augusten Burroughs]

This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike

To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between.
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Publisher's Summary

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Running With Scissors comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the "un-survivable" and will challenge your notion of self-help books.

To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between.

This Is How is his no-holds-barred book of advice on topics as varied as:

  • How to feel like crap
  • How to ride an elevator
  • How to be thin
  • How to be fat
  • How to find love· How to feel sorry for yourself
  • How to get the job
  • How to end your life
  • How to remain unhealed
  • How to finish your drink
  • How to regret as little as possible
  • And much more

Told with Burroughs's unique voice, black humor, and in-your-face advice, This is How is Running With Scissors - with recipes.

©2012 Augusten Inc. (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    CharlestonWoman 07-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous boom"

    Down to earth advice read wonderfully by the author. It makes sense and it's funny.

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    discoverfire 02-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank you, Augusten!!!! Beautiful words!"

    Insights that can help anyone & everyone gain refreshed perspective on their lives. READ IT!

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    augus079 04-28-14
    augus079 04-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Different"
    What disappointed you about This Is How?

    I love Augusten Burroughs and own all of his other books but this is not a novel and not what I expected.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a story and perhaps for this reason I had trouble staying engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Huntington, Wv, United States 11-13-13
    Jennifer Huntington, Wv, United States 11-13-13
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    "Disturbing content, bad language & boring"
    What would have made This Is How better?

    Remove the vivid description of suicide and repetitive use of the F word.


    What could Augusten Burroughs have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write in such a casual manner. It feels like someone talking and it made me zone out and not listen.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was funny in several spots but morbid and graphic in others.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    irritation and boredom


    Any additional comments?

    It said at the beginning that it was a book that was for young and old. I was pretty embarrassed of the content with my 13 year old in the car. Now I have 3 hours left on the book and I have no desire to finish it. This is just my opinion and I just couldn't get into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Endre Pekarik cincinnati, OH, USA 07-26-13
    Endre Pekarik cincinnati, OH, USA 07-26-13
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    "He is still one of my favorite writer...."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I loved that I found out where his name came from but the context didn't hold my attention like in other of his books.


    What was most disappointing about Augusten Burroughs’s story?

    This book was more of a phsichologist study rather than a book about his life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny St. Martinville, LA, United States 06-04-13
    Jenny St. Martinville, LA, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Insightful"

    I love Augusten Burroughs. He is extremely insightful, but then again, how could he not be? Those who have been through trials and tribulations are more interesting people, have more insight and wisdom. I found it to be thought provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda United States 05-01-13
    Amanda United States 05-01-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "meh"
    Would you try another book from Augusten Burroughs and/or Augusten Burroughs?

    no


    What was most disappointing about Augusten Burroughs’s story?

    not very insightful. these things were not new stories, some were boring.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he didnt


    What character would you cut from This Is How?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Gordon New York, NY 01-01-13
    James Gordon New York, NY 01-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Augusten's Best"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sort of ... I guess ...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have presented my observations as my opinions and not dismiss another's opinions so nonchalantly.


    Was This Is How worth the listening time?

    Yes, with reservations ...


    Any additional comments?

    Augusten Burroughs is an important observer of humanity. However, he does himself no justice with his autocratic presentations. He needs to get back to fiction wherein he excels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wendi Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-16-12
    wendi Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I love Augusten Burroughs, but not this book."

    I was really looking forward to this, everything Augusten Burroughs writes is awesome- except for Wolf at the Table and this book.

    This book is kind of like a lecture, which would be great because of who the author is.. but it's just so "talk, talk, talk". Maybe he could have shortened the chapters and still made his point.

    Oh well, maybe next time. I won't give up on him.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terra vancouver, BC, Canada 09-10-12
    Terra vancouver, BC, Canada 09-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "If you enjoy Augusten Burroughs, you'll love this!"
    What did you love best about This Is How?

    The thing I enjoyed best about this book is the gritty realness of the message. It made me see my life threw the eyes of the author and question my way of thinking. I am listening to it for the second time to make sure it really sunk in.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Is How?

    Each chapter tackles issues that we all deal with at some point or another in our lives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chapter about dieting


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

    The author describing preparing for his partner to die, and how he tried to do everything to be ready.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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