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:
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I enjoyed This Is How much more than many other audiobooks because Burroughs reads it himself.
It really does give you advice on just about everything in life. The best advice, which is basically: take control of your life by owning your decisions and accepting the consequences. Burroughs' voice (both how he writes and how he reads) makes big truths seem like common sense. One of my favourite authors.
There really is no comparison... The Bible? Or rather, a bible for reasonable people who actually think about things. A Desiderata without the mush. A straight talk from the part of yourself that still knows what it's all about.
His emphases and pauses highlight different nuances (I have also read the printed version) and made the essays even more relatable.
Ummm... everything! The one insight that had the biggest impact on me is: "At the heart of all unhappiness lies dishonesty." But that's just one of many.
Buy it. Listen to it. Live it. Repeat.
I love Augusten Burroughs' writing, but not this book I'm afraid. It's very disjointed and not as descriptive and poetic as previous novels. I am not a professional critic but I believe that self help books should be left to the professionals. This tongue in cheek novel doesn't quite hit the nail on the head.
I suggest all his other novels, but you can give his one a miss.
Excellent material and outstanding narration. I laughed and cried several times. Augusten is uniquely qualified, talented, and generous to share this material. I discovered tools and understanding to apply to my life and to be a more compassionate friend.
I love Augusten Burroughs and own all of his other books but this is not a novel and not what I expected.
It's not a story and perhaps for this reason I had trouble staying engaged.
Remove the vivid description of suicide and repetitive use of the F word.
Not write in such a casual manner. It feels like someone talking and it made me zone out and not listen.
It was funny in several spots but morbid and graphic in others.
irritation and boredom
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.
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.
This book was more of a phsichologist study rather than a book about his life.
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.
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