It’s been a while since I’ve delved into the insanely entertaining (and entertainingly insane) world of Augusten Burroughs and I am very glad to have revisited it. While his captivating memoirs each focus on certain eras in his life (Running with Scissors on his relationship with his mother and his time spent living with her crazy psychologist / Dry on the time leading up to and following his stint in rehab / A Wolf at the Table on his chilling relationship with his father), the ‘true stories’ in Magical Thinking focus on his everyday escapades. Much like his memoirs, these stories are wickedly funny, shockingly inappropriate and—thanks to his extreme vanity, considerable loquaciousness, and flair for the dramatic—leave absolutely nothing to the imagination.
No. 10 on my challenge. I only wish these short stories were longer.
Now, I know what you’re thinking.
“Tori, you haven’t reviewed a book in over a month. Are you all right? Has someone robbed you of your TBR pillars? Have you sustained a terrible blow to the head, making you illiterate and only able to review movies by dictating them to friends and coworkers? Have you given up on your 2016 book challenge already?”
To these questions and more, dear readers, I say “No. But thank you for your concern.”
I’ve been reading, all right. I’ve just been reading ALL THE BOOKS at once. See:
These are my current reads:
- Soulless by Gail Carriger
- Nomfiction edited by Little Fiction | Big Truths
- Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
- Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
- Emily Carr As I Knew Her by Carol Pearson
- Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs
At least four of them will be included in my book challenge, one is for work, and the other is just too good not to read right now. Any guesses as to which is which? Here’s my challenge for reference.
This seemed like fun, so I stole it from HiddenStaircase. It’s rather self explanatory.
Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
Either Janet Evanovich or Sandra Brown. Don’t judge me. I am a voracious reader of all sorts.
Best Sequel Ever
A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs. Though technically not a sequel, it was the second book of his that I read about his family, and it is amazing. The portrait he paints of his father is chilling. And yet, I read Look Me in the Eye by his older brother John Elder Robison and, according to him, their father is totally sane. Nonetheless, they’re both great books.
Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer by Una LaMarche. It’s absolutely hilarious. Also: a manuscript for work, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, though I admit I haven’t picked up either of the last two in a while.
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Fantastic, as expected. There’s a reason I keep reading his books.
Hilarious, twisted, shocking, and totally worth it. The movie was less impressive.
So many adjectives: cold, chilling, terrifying, shocking, twisted, funny, unexpected, recommended.