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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Amanda
  • Sydney NSW, Australia
  • 04-28-11

Thanks Augusten

Reading this book one month into abstinence was a great experience. Augusten put into words so many emotions I was feeling but could not describe. And very funny too.

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Loved it!

I listened to this somewhat reluctantly, but LOVED it. He is hilarious and poignant, and the whole book is incredibly touching.

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  • Neill
  • North Hollywood, CA, USA
  • 03-18-10

Awesome perspective

Spouse of a 120 day recovered alcoholic, this book helped me try and understand. Couldn't put it down. Very humorous in parts.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • Quincy, WA, United States
  • 12-18-08

Great book

This books opens your eyes and mind to the life of an alcoholic. Great narration and story. Enjoyable read.

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  • Ciara
  • Sunnyside, NY, USA
  • 03-12-07

Interesting, but narration is mediocre

I find this to be an interesting story, but Augusten does not give justice to the material with his stilted narration. It would be an excellent audiobook with a professional narrator.

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  • Karen
  • Decatur, GA, USA
  • 12-22-05


I loved the way that the topic of early sobriety is handled in this book. Augusten's work is honest, humorous and unique. You will definitely laugh out loud if you listen or read this one!!

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excellent, very funny

Extremely well-written, extremely well-read. I really like this author and he reads his own stuff and reads it very well. The writing is wonderful, with many nice turns of phrases. Very observational and original. Manages to take some serious subjects, treat them with respect, but keep it light all at the same time. Very uplifting. The context is less bizarre than "Running WIth Scissors," but if you read the author's background (gay, alcoholic, NYC, ad agency, raised by "Martians" (as far as I can tell), psychotic Mother, etc.) you might get the sense that the book will be a bit too otherworldy to relate to easily, or will somehow seem "icky." "Running with Scissors" may be that a bit, but this one really not. The author is really a psychologically minded, optimistic, everyman, that manages to pour universal humanity into prose that from time to time has a context beyond my experiences. Similar to David Sedaris, with a little less bite, and a little less laugh out-loud, roll on the floor. A warmer style, that is still very, very funny.

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A wonderful voice

Burroughs has a distinct voice and an amazing, harrowing, courageous, funny story to tell.

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Wickedly Funny

Equal parts humor and sadness, I was rooting for him even as I was shaking my head at the decisions he made.

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In love with Augusten!

An incredible writer, and great delivery on this book! I listen to it driving, and I almost feel like he's in the passenger seat telling me these outlandish tales.