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Take Five: Four Favorite Essays Plus One Never-Been-Seen Essay [Kindle Edition]

Augusten Burroughs
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Book Description

From the number-one bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry comes TAKE FIVE, a mini collection of true stories that give voice to the thoughts that we all have but dare not mention—stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.  TAKE FIVE includes the following four favorite previously-published essays plus one brand-new, never-been-published essay by Augusten Burroughs:
--SWAN SONG (new!)

Product Details

  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058U7HXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Augusten, wasted 1.99 July 7, 2011
By Adam
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I purchased this thinking that I would receive a fith essay and that essay would be in fact an essay. However, it is really just one page of Augusten's opinion about a pair of dead swans found in central park. I already own the other work, and I enjoy this author immensely, I just felt a little betrayed in that I paid 1.99 for a one page ramble. New title for this piece: "four stories you already own, plus one page lol"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars :( November 28, 2011
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These are great stories, but I own the original books. So, as another reviewer stated, I basically paid 2 dollars for one new page. I think it is very misleading to call the swan piece an additional essay, especially when compared to the other works included here. Shame on me for not reading more carefully, but very disappointing.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice sampling of Burroughs' work! July 6, 2011
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Take Five is a compilation of two stories from each of two books, Magical Thinking and Possible Side Effects, plus one new Burroughs story. This low cost assortment is a good introduction to his writings and gives the reader an idea of why more of his books should be purchased. Burroughs' ability to focus on his inner life experience juxtaposed with reflections on the external nets a vivid picture of some humorous and not-so-humorous events. Readers can identify with similar experiences. They can leave the reader thinking "And I thought I had it bad... !" Burroughs acknowledges his own and his protagonist's humanity, adding a pathos to his stories that bring the reader's sympathies to play even as the incredible tale is told. True or contrived, his imagination is delightful; each ending, a flair. Be prepared to laugh aloud in the presence of strangers, if you read in public places.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not New February 9, 2012
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I wasted money on this thinking it was new material, but it was a brief thought about swans in Central Park. The rest I already own through his other works. Disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big fan but... January 19, 2012
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I'm a big fan of Augusten's books, however this is not one of his best books. I'm sorry to say this but it feels "rushed". I'm looking forward to his upcoming book and his other ones are defiantly worth reading. This one, you can probably skip unless you want to read everything he writes (like I do).

If this is the first book of his you might read, move this to later and read one of the others first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read December 29, 2013
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Great easy read by Augusten Burroughs. This guy has some of the funniest stories ever told in his books, and these are four shorts that are sure to please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take five March 3, 2013
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I love Augusten Burroughs. No-one can make me literally laugh out loud, with tears coming down my face. There is not one book he has written that I didn't love
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1.0 out of 5 stars very annoying January 1, 2012
By jnicole
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I love the author and was excited to find a book I didn't already own and now it doesn't even load. There's basically a book cover and the title page, that's it. I'm slightly jealous of those of you who at least got a single page for your $2
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars For a true fan ... meh
I've made it a point to read all of Augusten Buttoughs' books and downloaded this one hoping for something new. Read more
Published 25 days ago by gabrielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Augusten Burroughs
Love Augusten Burroughs! I think people who have some of the most insane upbringings either find humor or depression... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Rosemary Ryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Last bonus essay?
It seemed less of an essay than some paragraphs pulled together. I love this author but this wasn't worth it.
Published 1 month ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything Augusten Burroughs writes will get 5 stars from me
Published 4 months ago by Kerry bahr
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny at its best.
A great Sunday afternoon read. I really enjoy Augustens humor. He takes everyday life and turns it into a masterpiece.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Augusten Burroughs is one of my favorite authors. I can't get enough of his sardonic optimism
Published 7 months ago by Amber Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Soon Augusten!!
It's been a while since I've read a book by Mr Burroughs. I knew I loved his writing before, but doubted I would still be into it. It's like getting together with an old friend. Read more
Published 9 months ago by zulu
5.0 out of 5 stars Augusten's best stories rolled in to a little book
I LOVE Augusten but didn't read the reviews that warned that if you've read his stuff, you'll only get one new story. Still loved it cause I love reading his stories over and over.
Published 9 months ago by Trixi T
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read
As usual Augusten Burroughs delivers witty and interesting stories. His writing is engaging from the first sentence. I love reading his books!
Published 9 months ago by Alabaaster
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Augusten Burroughs never fails to make me laugh out loud. Take Five is no exception. I'm patiently awaiting his next offering.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Augusten Burroughs is the author of the autobiographical works "Running with Scissors," "Dry," "Magical Thinking," "Possible Side Effects" and "A Wolf at the Table," all of which were New York Times bestsellers. "Running with Scissors" remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over two consecutive years and was made into a Golden Globe-nominated film starring Annette Bening. His only novel, "Sellevision," is currently in development as a series for NBC. "Dry," Augusten's memoir of his alcoholism and recovery, is being developed by Showtime. In addition, Burroughs is currently creating an original prime-time series for CBS. Augusten's latest book is called "You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas."

Twice named to Entertainment Weekly's list of the funniest people in America, Augusten has also been the subject of a Vanity Fair cover story and a Jeopardy! answer. His books have made guest appearances in two James Patterson novels, one Linkin Park music video, numerous television shows and a porn movie.

Augusten has been a photographer since childhood and many of his images can be seen on his website, He lives in New York City.

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