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

Augusten Burroughs
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $1.99
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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: 236 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,105 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 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite author
His books are my favorite, always put me in a good mood. And I love that he is a fellow New Englander.
Published 20 months ago by Mrs.M
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything Burroughs is fabulous
Great book. Not necessarily the stories I would have selected for repeat (except the one at the yacht building job - ha!!!) but still a good taste of Burroughs' work. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ohioan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I am a lover of all things Augusten Burroughs. I own all his books. I had read most of these essays before but they are still great! A quick read though.
Published 21 months ago by juliet
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Five
I have read most of Augusten Burroughs books and I have enjoyed all of them. He and his older brother have led a VERY interesting life. Read more
Published 22 months ago by lovetolearn
5.0 out of 5 stars As advertised...and FUNNY as always
I have also read four of the essays paperbacks shared with a college aged kid. The books moved out with her and I moved up to e-reading. Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 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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