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

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  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058U7HXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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, www.augusten.com. He lives in New York City.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Adam on July 7, 2011
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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 By tdreader on 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 By Sandra W. Sutherland on 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 By Anika Sawatsky on 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 By Frank Villasenor on 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 By jnicole on January 1, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Fitzgerald on 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 By Michelle Sidwell on 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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