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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Augusten Burroughs Week: Day Two - Magical Thinking: True Stories Book Review

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Augusten Burroughs Week: Day Two - Magical Thinking: True Stories Book Review

About the Book: From the #1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry--a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection. True stories that give voice to the thoughts we all have but dare not mention. It begins with a Tang Instant Breakfast Drink television commercial when Augusten was seven. Then there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. Dating an undertaker and much more. A collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate and very funny.

Our Take: Augusten Burroughs is without a doubt one of the most interesting non-fiction writers of our time.  He has taken his scarring childhood and turned it into an amazing series of memoirs and anecdotes that not only make you laugh out loud, but I feel may provide some healing for others that have lived through abusive and disfunctional situations in their own childhoods.  We felt that it was important to take the time to honor Augusten with an entire week here at Book Legion, so we're posting one of his titles each day this week!

I almost like Magical Thinking more than Burroughs' previous titles.  The reason being that its not a straight memoir, but rather a collection of anecdotes from various points in his life.  Magical Thinking is a psychological term that bascially means that the subject believes that they have more control over events than they actually do.  Burroughs has spent his fair share of time in the big couch, so its not surprising that he'd pick an industry term for his book.  He delves into everything from dog ownership to childhood memories of acting in commercials.  His bizarre experieces and undeniable charm and wit make Magical Thinking an absolute joy.


Augusten is a slam dunk.  He's never let us down yet with his many books and this one is no exception.  Tune in tomorrow when we take a look at 'Possible Side Effects'.  In the meantime, you need to add this one to your library!


How to Buy: Amazon.com or the MacMillan Website