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Dry: A Memoir | Augusten Burroughs
From the New York Times Bestselling author of Running With Scissors comes the story of one man trying to out-drink his memories, outlast his demons, and outrun his past. "I was addicted to 'Bewitched' as a kid. I worshipped Darren Stevens the First. When he'd come home from work and Samantha would say, 'Darren, would you like me to fix you a drink?' He'd always rest his briefcase on the table below the mirror in the foyer, wipe his forehead with a monogrammed handkerchief and say, 'Better make it a double.'"(from Chapter Two) 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.
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TheRiehlDeal
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Going to start this. Plus, on the back cover, Entertainment Weekly named him one of the fifteen most funniest people in America. So here's to many LOL moments.

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJuly19 Day 11: #Lonely
This level of loneliness sounds debilitating. I think I own a copy of this book but have not gotten around to reading it yet.

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StephMC82
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"My mitochondria want to make friends with his mitochondria" - love in a witty form.

#bookquote

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Reviewsbylola
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I love Augustan Burroughs. He is so brutally honest (😉 @Cinfhen ) but also has a great sense of humor. Very self deprecating. This is one of his more serious memoirs, dealing with his alcoholism. #rehab #anglophileapril

emilyhaldi I don‘t really like his books I gotta say... 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m with you @emilyhaldi 7mo
Mdargusch Hmmm. I‘ve never heard of him. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 7mo
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Reviewsbylola WHAT?!? Yes you have mom. He wrote Running With Scissors. @mdargusch 7mo
Mdargusch Oh. 7mo
britt_brooke I‘ve never seen this cover! 😍 This is one of my favorite memoirs ever. I love him. 7mo
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britt_brooke
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DAY 29: Often memoirs shine #theharshestlight on oneself. This memoir of getting sober is one of my favorites. I know Burroughs is a polarizing author, but I love him. He ignited my love for the genre back when I first became a reader.

This, and similar books, resonate because of my dad‘s alcoholism. He‘s 14 or 15 years sober now and I‘m so proud of him. 🧡

#nofemmeber

Cinfhen You know I REALLY disliked my only read by AB but I do admire his willingness to be so open about his upbringing, addictions and ultimate recovery. And how awesome of your dad to change his life around 💙🙌🏻 11mo
jdiehr Definitely not a fan, but I can appreciate your review! Happy to hear about your dad 🙂 11mo
britt_brooke @jdiehr Thank you! 🥰 11mo
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen Oh, I know! 😆 And Thank you, my dad is pretty awesome. 💚 11mo
Billypar Hmm- never read AB. I didn't like the Running with Scissors movie, but I'm sure the book is much better. Congrats to your dad: that's a great accomplishment! 11mo
Leftcoastzen Love AB ,love Dry, @Billypar In my opinion,the book is MUCH better. 11mo
britt_brooke @Billypar I agree with @Leftcoastzen - the book is much better. I didn‘t care for the movie. 11mo
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britt_brooke
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📖 Dry (tagged)
📝 David Sedaris
🎬 Despicable Me
🍗 drummies (my husband makes the best!)

#manicmonday

Bookmarkie David Sedaris, the reason audiobooks were invented❤️ 1y
JoScho Thanks for playing 😊💖 1y
britt_brooke @Bookmarkie Yes! The funny thing is, I read all of his books in print before I started listening to audiobooks. But, I‘ve since listened to them all. His delivery is always perfect! 1y
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AndLamb83
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Pretty happy with this weekend's book haul. Less than $5 spent thanks to Goodwill and yard sales! #Bookworm #Bibliophile #WeekendReads

KateFulfordAuthor Once you get through these (!), can I tempt you to support some new writing as well? If you like rich characters and a precision engineered plot, may I be so bold as to recommend my debut? Check the link in my bio for a summary, reviews and more. /Kate 1y
AndLamb83 @KateFulfordAuthor thanks! I'm always looking for new reads. 1y
KateFulfordAuthor @AndLamb83 You are most welcome 1y
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britt_brooke
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This has always been one of my favorite memoirs; Augusten‘s struggle to get sober. My copy has seen better days, but I love this cover.

#MemoirMonday #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

#Wasted #GetMovin @Cinfhen @eanderson

Cinfhen I still haven‘t read any of his memoirs #OneDay 2y
LitLogophile Me too! 2y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen He‘s the author that got me into memoir. 💚 2y
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britt_brooke @LitLogophile 💚💚💚 2y
Reviewsbylola I liked Running With Scissors better but I love Augustan. His voice is so wet and funny. 2y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Running with Scissors was the first memoir I ever read. It will always hold a special place in my heart as my gateway to one of my favorite genres. Plus, I just really love him! 2y
rather_be_reading i love burroughs 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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His drinking problem forced him into a rehab centre and when he‘s out from rehab and sober, he has to face temptations back in Manhattan.
#aprella #highforthis

britt_brooke This is one of my favorite memoirs. 💚 2y
Reviewsbylola Augustan Burroughs is a favorite of mine. I would love to meet him! 2y
emilyhaldi I do love this cover!!! ❤️ 2y
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SFiedyD
Dry: A Memoir | Augusten Burroughs

I picked up this book when I was searching to understand addiction. Dry provided insight and perceptive of the journey.

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Readage
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• love the quote so much I‘m thinking of putting it on my skin. which font is more visually appealing to you? images 1 and 2 are very similar •

OSChamberlain I love the 2nd one 2y
Readage @OSChamberlain 🤘🏻thanks !! 2y
ReviewsbytheMrs I like the first one 2y
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Hollie 2 2y
Readage @ReviewsbytheMrs 👏🏼 thank you 2y
Readage @allthingskayla 👍🏼 thanks 2y
Readage @Hollie 👏🏼 thank you !! 2y
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emerson.grey
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After reading the first of his books that I was introduced to (Running with Scissors), I was hooked. The way he expresses himself and comes up with witty antidotes for situations that otherwise would make a reader feel awkward; as though you're intruding on a moment that isn't yours to be a part of...he takes that worry away. Full of humor and honesty. I recommend it to everyone!

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
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tjwill
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Thanks again to @britt_brooke for your #150kgiveaway! I got this #bookmail today! I look forward to reading these, because I haven‘t read any of them yet! I also love the card with art by @BookBabe !

britt_brooke Yay! I‘m happy you won. Hope you enjoy! 💚 2y
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Kaylamburson
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Just got a nice surprise that the book I ordered delivered about a week early!! Although it's an older book, it's new in for me!!

Plus, I just received my first birthday card (a bit early), but it's handmade and so gorgeous!

mrozzz 👌🏻 I also have this one waiting for me..... 2y
Kaylamburson It's going to be my food/drink memoir for #LitsyReadingchallenge @mrozzz 2y
mrozzz Perfect! 👍🏻 2y
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Kaylamburson
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A new book shipment is on its way!! #blameitonLitsy. This one I'm blaming on @GatheringBooks lol.

GatheringBooks i hope you enjoy it! :) 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#UncannyOctober Day 14: I just think this is a perfect #BookAndDrink memoir.

Kaylamburson I have been looking for a #Foodanddrink memoir for #litsyreadingchallenge, and this one does sound good! Stacked!! 2y
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Redjewel_7734
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Congrats @britt_brooke for hotting 150k 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 Hope I win your #150kgiveaway 😍😊

britt_brooke Thanks @Redjewel_7734 !! ☺️💚🤞🏻 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Another great Litten has reached a huge milestone today - Congratulations @britt_brooke 🎉🎉 it is so awesome you are doing a #150kgiveaway!

britt_brooke Thanks so much @Kalalalatja !! 💚💚💚 2y
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heidisreads
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Congratulations to @britt_brooke - one of the first people who I followed after joining Litsy last year and someone who continues to post and interact with other readers every day! #150kgiveaway

britt_brooke Aw, this made me smile so much! Thank you! 😁☺️💚🤞🏻 2y
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britt_brooke
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"The fact is I'm not like other people, I'm like other alcoholics."

This was an audio #reread of a book I read in print in 2008. This has long been one of my favorite memoirs and will remain so.

Augusten is a decent narrator except, when speaking as Foster, he sounds more like Forrest Gump than just a guy with a southern accent. Being from the south myself, that threw me off a little. ??

Suet624 He is such a powerful writer. I always feel so much when I read his work. 2y
nosferatoos I read a lot of his work when I was in high school and I've been wanting to go back and see if it held up. I'm glad to hear this one does for you. 2y
britt_brooke @Suet624 I love him. 💚 He's definitely one of my favorite writers. Running with Scissors got me into memoirs so I credit him for introducing me to one of my favorite genres! 2y
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britt_brooke @nosferatoos I don't often reread books, but I'm trying to revisit my favorite memoirs on audio. I have a hold for Running with Scissors on Overdrive and hope it pops up soon! 2y
Suet624 I remember a reviewer saying, "do we need to read more about his life?" Jeepers! Yes we do!! ?? 2y
nosferatoos Running with Scissors was one of my favorites when I first read it. I'm also terrible at rereading. I might give audio a shot, that's a great idea. 2y
britt_brooke @nosferatoos I'm completely new to audio. This was only my second one! I figure I can pay just enough attention to a reread, otherwise, I'll be sticking to print (I think). 2y
britt_brooke @Suet624 Yes, always yes!! 2y
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britt_brooke
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That sure sucked, but at least I got in an hour of quality #audio time with Augusten Burroughs talking about getting sober and his struggle with codependence. #reread

I think both the stairclimber and book fit today's prompt. 😆 And I loved this song! It was out when hubby and I first started dating. 💚 #MyOwnWorstEnemy #90sInJuly

Cinfhen Ha! The stairclimber is a bitch😬 2y
RiotMom Stairclimber is my nemesis. I will avoid it at all costs!! 2y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Ha! It really is. I'm now going to start referring to it as "The Bitch." I think that's perfect. ? 2y
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britt_brooke @RiotMom Total torture device! 😬 2y
BookishBlonde12 You will be my inspiration to take on the stair master tomorrow at the gym...I didn't have enough motivation to go today 😐 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto Nice work! I love the stair master, but "The Bitch" is definitely an appropriate name for it. ?? 2y
britt_brooke @BookishBlonde12 🙌🏻💪🏻 2y
britt_brooke @Ashley_Nicoletto I love-hate it. 😁 2y
batsy Oooh, nice to see a mention of Petronas Towers there. Great job, if you ever visit you don't have to take the elevator? 😁 2y
britt_brooke @batsy 😂😂 2y
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britt_brooke
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A memoir of getting sober. This is a great read. #NoRain #90sInJuly

Cinfhen Nice play on words ❤️ 2y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen ☺️👍🏻 2y
Reviewsbylola Love Augusten! 2y
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britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Me, too! I give him credit for getting me into memoirs, now one of my favorite genres. Plus I love his twisted humor. 2y
Robothugs I'm going to have to stack this one 2y
britt_brooke @Robothugs 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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hermyknee
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Mehso-so

I have really mixed feelings about this book. I'd call it a so-so. While, yes, in the end he showed the grittiness of a true lapse into alcoholism and drug addiction, he spent the first 3/4 of the book glorifying that lifestyle and making sobriety look easy. It's a good novel, but ugggghhh it's a tough book and a tough book for me to rate. #LitsyPartyOfOne

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hermyknee
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Finally getting started on this #memoir that has been sitting on my #TBR shelf for years - I decided to go with the audio version (read by the author), and it's great so far! Lincoln in the Bardo was a little tough to follow on audio. #LitsyPartyOfOne #audiobook

Kyrie.Lynelle I love the cover so much! 2y
Gina ♡ Burroughs. Did you notice the AUTHOR'S NOTE "This memoir is based on my experiences over a 10 year period. Names have been changed, characters combined, and events compressed. Certain episodes are imaginative re-creations, and those episodes are not intended to portray actual events." Hummmmmm 2y
hermyknee @Gina sooo more like a fictionalized autobiography based on his struggles with addiction. Still works for me! 😋 2y
Gina @hermyknee oh yes. He is a brilliant writter and I enjoy his works. I just thought this was intriguing when I read it. I have a feeling it is out of the backlash of A Million Little Pieces which I felt was a really good book regardless. 2y
hermyknee @Gina oh yeah I remember all that. Oprah 🙄 2y
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KatG
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#junebookbugs #cheers Augusten Burroughs' memoir about his struggle to live sober. I read this book years ago but it has stayed with me.

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Mindyrecycles
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Pickpick

I normally find addiction memoirs really dull, but Augusten Burroughs doesn't know how to be boring. Alcohol is his biggest weakness, but there's #cocaine in this book, too. #rockinmay

Cinfhen Sounds excellent! I love all memoirs ❤️ 2y
Reggie Have you read his Running with Scissors? That book was bonkers but based on his childhood!!!!! 2y
Mindyrecycles @Reggie Oh yes! I read it when it came out and I like it better than Dry. He got even less than NO help from the adults in his life. Haven't read the third book in the trilogy though, have you? 2y
Reggie No I haven't, I'll have to check it out. 2y
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Readaholics
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A scary look st the rationalization of substance abuse by the author of Running with Scissors. His honest and matter of fact tone makes his shallow commentary likable. The ending was kinda abrupt, but that's alcoholism for you.

britt_brooke One of my favorite memoirs. 💚 3y
RebL I wondered endlessly about the periods in the title. How often do you see punctuation at all in a title? It has to be intentional. Full stop. 3y
Gina I like Burroughs work but did you notice the authors note in the front of the book "This Memoir is based on my experiences over a 10-year period. Names have been changed, characters combined, and events compressed. Certain episodes are imaginative re-creation, and those episodes are not intended to portray actual events." Makes ya go hummmmm 3y
Leanney I read "Running with Scissors" awhile back and don't think I loved it enough to keep reading him. 3y
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Chey12
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"I'm lonely. And I'm lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic."

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britt_brooke
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My two favorite memoirs are 2 of my all-time favorite books. I've posted about them both many times. 💛💛 Highly recommend! #funfridayphoto

BethFishReads Dry is one of my favorites too 3y
Emiller Currently listening to the audiobook of Kitchen Confidential. So good!! 3y
britt_brooke @BethFishReads I love all of his books, but especially this one. 💛 3y
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britt_brooke @Emiller I bet the audio is 👌🏻👌🏻! 3y
MrBook Ooh, I want to read "Dry"! 3y
britt_brooke @MrBook You will not be disappointed. I'm due a reread myself. 3y
PenguinInFlight @britt_brooke I 😍LOVE 😍Augusten Burroughs. Magical Thinking is my favorite, although I did love Dry. 👍🏻 3y
britt_brooke @PenguinInFlight I've really enjoyed all of his books. He is the author that got me into memoirs and essays. I need to reread Magical Thinking. Thanks for the reminder! 3y
BeththeBookDragon Loved these both 3y
Cortg I enjoyed Dry but loved Running with Scissors. I also loved his brother's book Look Me in the Eye! So good. 3y
britt_brooke @Cortg Running with Scissors is SO good! That was the very first memoir I ever read. And so began my love for them. 💕 Look Me in the Eye was excellent, too!! Have you read any other John Elder Robison's books? I haven't, but want to. 3y
britt_brooke @bethfriedman906 You have great taste, my friend! 3y
Cortg @britt_brooke I've only read the one John Elder Robinson book. Silly, but I'm afraid I'll be disappointed! 3y
britt_brooke @Cortg Not silly, I know what you mean. 😉 3y
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rachellayown
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I don't have a lot of #creepycovers, but I think there's something creepy about this one...

britt_brooke Love this book! 3y
badnorthern Giving up alcohol is definitely scary! 3y
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clairabellasmella
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Pickpick

I take all drinking memoirs with a grain of salt (who can really remember all that much from a given bender?) but at it's core, it's a funny, moving, and occasionally heartbreaking account of love and loss. Speaks to the inner Void, for sure

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BethFishReads
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I understand it's #recommendsday Run, don't walk, to your nearest book supplier and snag all of Burroughs's memoirs. 💗💗

Twocougs All of his books are great. 3y
britt_brooke I love him and Dry is my favorite of his books! He is the reason I fell in love with memoirs. 3y
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BethFishReads @britt_brooke Dry has a little home in my heart. 3y
LauraBeth One of my favorites 😀 3y
LeahBergen I've only read Running With Scissor and loved it. Why haven't I read this one?! 😮 3y
paige84 I ❤️ ALL of his books! 3y
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MatildaBaggins
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Here are just a few of my #alltimefavoritebooks ? As Neil Gaiman once said "Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose.” My list of all time favorites is much longer than these 5 ? #Augustofpages #photochallenge

britt_brooke Dry is one of my favorites, too. 💙 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub The Great Gatsby is one of mine too 3y
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britt_brooke
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My #recommendsday pick, for the writing and the cover.

Reviewsbylola I'm a big fan of his! 3y
britt_brooke I am, too! He's the reason I started reading memoirs. 😊 @Reviewsbylola 3y
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Josie
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Augusten Burroughs continues his life story in this second memoir. Augusten is an alcoholic. A severe alcoholic. When it starts to affect his job, he is sent to rehab where he learns about himself and his illness. His struggles about returning home are sad, hilarious and downright beautiful.

mrsbatman85 Love love love Augusten Burroughs. This was the first of his books and I fell in love. Think this is my all time favourite 3y
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britt_brooke
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My favorite Augusten Burroughs book. As the daughter of a recovering alcoholic, it really resonated.

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iwitzman
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Burroughs may make me laugh and cry more than any author. I think this one may be my favorite.

mrsbatman85 Definitely my favourite 3y
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