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You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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"For those who like their holiday spirit with gallons of vodka and a heaping portion of irreverence, You Better Not Cry is at times a laugh-out-loud read. . . . Burroughs is as frank and revealing as ever. . . . Fans won't be disappointed." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Burroughs succeeds best at evoking true holiday spirit, reminding us that whatever's left after the bulbs stop twinkling, the cookies are all eaten, and the trees lose their tinsel is what's most important." --Elle
"Terribly funny, in his tragically honest style . . . You may not cry, but you'll definitely laugh." --The Miami Herald
More About the Author
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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That's my biggest problem with the book. It's just TOO short.
That said, it's an entertaining read. The book progresses chronologically through Augusten's past. The stories of his childhood are generally quite funny. Generally speaking, I actually like stories of his adult life better than stories of his childhood (i.e. I like "Dry" and "Magical Thinking" even more than "Running With Scissors"). This also holds true with "You Better Not Cry". My favorite stories in the book are of his adult life. My favorite story in the book is "Silent Night." This heart-warming little tale makes me really sad that Augusten and Dennis are no longer together.
I found his story titled, "The Best and Only Everything" terribly sad and it's the longest story in the book. But there are amusing stories, too. I really enjoyed the title story, "You Better Not Cry."
All in all, it's a worthwhile read. And with Amazon's discounted price, I'm glad I bought it. I just wish it were longer! Keep writing, Augusten. I just can't get enough of your words!
Simply put, "You Better Not Cry" lacks the spark that Burroughs' previous books (and novel) contain. I eagerly hunkered down with the small tome during spurts of free time, eager to read about the author's caustic family and his almost alarmingly domestic adult life. Augusten's collection of Christmas stories is easy enough to follow, given time lines and events from previous books, but I felt like something was missing. All of the author's trademarks were there, but I wasn't being tugged in any particular direction emotionally. There was no pig's head statue moment like in "Dry"; no "toilet reading" scene, a la "Running With Scissors"; nor nothing particularly harrowing or painful to read, the way most of "Wolf At the Table" was. Bad (and sometimes, good) things certainly happen to Augusten at Christmastime, but he didn't make me feel them this time.
In addition, "YBNC" showcased a lack of cohesiveness, which is unusual for Burroughs. Upon waking up next to a French Santa, who may or may not have put the moves on him, Burroughs-the-character makes a list of all the guys he's ever known in the Biblical sense, in hopes of determining any patterns, a la a fetish for white-bearded old men. It's a funny moment, but there's a distinct lack of mention of Dr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is SUPER funny, as all of Burroughs's books are. I loved every moment of it and found myself laughing out loud throughout the book.Published 20 days ago by Val KD
Not Burroughs' best work, but because I like him so much, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a sucker for anything written by Augusten Burroughs...I used to take an Augusten book with me every time I had to fly somewhere, which I have learned to no longer do, because... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Molly
One of my favorite holiday reads. I think there are about 8 short stories I read one every night 8 days before Christmas. Read morePublished 1 month ago by stephanie
I love Augusten Burroughs! Cynical without being obnoxious. Everyone should read this book!Published 7 months ago by Chelsea L. DoEpp
I had to leave the library because I was laughing so hard & then sent it to a friend who also laughed aloud while reading these stories.Published 8 months ago by di