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 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.
Say something about yourself!
not very insightful. these things were not new stories, some were boring.
Sort of ... I guess ...
I would have presented my observations as my opinions and not dismiss another's opinions so nonchalantly.
Yes, with reservations ...
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.
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.
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.
Each chapter tackles issues that we all deal with at some point or another in our lives.
The chapter about dieting
The author describing preparing for his partner to die, and how he tried to do everything to be ready.
The writing is too pretentious to be able to be fixed. And the author puts out streams of made-up nonsense that he thinks is based on facts, but is actually just made up out of whole cloth.
His chapter on stopping drinking and fixing anorexia is a good example.
Honestly, he could have written something more like his earlier books. And not this stuff.
He has such a grating voice and only wearing a muffler might have helped.
I was annoyed by what he was saying and how he was saying it.
This is different than his other works. it's seemed more personal and by that i mean preachy. there was some good stuff in there, and he's obviously still working through things in his life, this just felt different for some reason. his previous works came off as more of a story being told. This came off more as, well... preachy. i still liked it and found value in some of what he talked about. it's really hard to pin-point, but there was something just off about this. if you are looking to get this because you liked his previous works, be wary. that's all i'm saying.
found a way to make the voice of the author come across as a story being told, not something i'm being told. hard to explain, but... yeah.
I love Augusten. I have listened to his previous work, but his work comes off better as a story, and not as "this is how it is".
Trying to figure that out now. there were nuggets of wisdom here. thinking instead of jumping off a building, just finding a new city with a building i don't want to jump from.
I don't have any friends that need this type of help.
Yes, he is direct and to the point.
Never heard him be for.
Not really, at least on this subject.
I liked Augusten's telling like it is. I think to many people today feel sorry for themselves and are stuck in the doldrums, if they are willing to take Augusten's advice they could move on and be more productive in almost every aspect of life.
I bought this audiobook based purely on the fact that I love Augusten's writing and view of the world. And I wasn't disappointed. Although I was not looking for a self help book, Augusten has such a great perspective on the world that there are insights in this book that have made me look at the world and myself in a completely different way. This is no usual self help book, but rather a man who's gone through it all, come out the other side and telling it like it really is.
I love that the author narrates this audiobook. As this is advice from his very personal experience, he's able to give life to his witty writing.
I listened to this right through in a very short time as it was riveting, and have now dipped back into it to re-listen to chapters that really resonated with me. I don't think this book will ever be deleted from my smart phone - this is a great book to listen to on public transport. You'll alight at the other end of your trip a much more alive person.
It could be funnier.....like the majority of his books. This one is more like a lecture then entertaining stories about his life.
I have read most of his books and loved them all, I was sad to see that this story was not his usual type. However it was my fault for not researching that this was not his standard memoir style writing.
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