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Possible Side Effects Paperback – April 17, 2007
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Still there are many rewards in "Possible Side Effects." My two favorites in this collection were: "The Georgia Thumper," which focuses on the troubled relationship between the young Burroughs and his paternal grandmother; and "The Forecast for Sommer," which is some of the strongest prose writing yet from this author. Deeply felt, though unsentimental, "The Forecast for Sommer" betrays the author's talent for dramatic, melancholy writing and provides a promising glimpse into his future and better things to come.
If you want to read a book written by America's funniest and cleverest writer, "Possible Side Effects" is for you.
Does David Sedaris make you laugh so hard you cry? Then you'll also love Burroughs -- a wonderful and insightful writer who does all of the heavy lifting for us lucky stiffs in his adoring audience.
Buy this book. Read it. Wait a while. Read the best parts again. Then give it to someone who's been good lately. Better yet, give it to someone who's been bad.
In this latest collection you'll find essays about Burrough's days spent in the world of advertising, and of course trips back to his (almost unbelievably) tragic childhood. He's stopped drinking and doping by now, but seems to have replaced these vices with other addictions -- nicotine gum, junk food, and, as always, wild, out-of-control introspection.
You'll also find more stories about his brother with Asperger's Syndrom and his depressed mother, all written with a level of sincerity and wry wit that should make David Sedaris jealous.
Is it all true? I've never thought all of his stories were true, and I haven't really cared, but this is the first of his books to actually come out and admit it, in an introductory note. The writing is so good it doesn't really matter. As one other famous memoirist said: Pretend it's fiction.
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"Possible Side Effects" is another bold, honest and well written memoir from Augusten Burroughs. It is told in a series of short accounts that happened in his life. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Paul C.
I love Augusten Burroughs writing,not going to stop until I've read all his books!!!Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite authors of all time. Fun, smart and reallllly messed up!!Published 29 days ago by Rubi
Love the way Augusten Burroughs writes about what would be sad events, but he does it with such humor!! Laugh out loud funny!!!Published 1 month ago by Lisa Hunter
As a fanatic of David Sedaris and all of his memoirs, I was looking for an alternative, after reading all of his novels...twice. Augusten Burroughs delivered. And thensome! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stacey L.
I've read several of Augusten Burroughs' books. This is my last. After "Running With Scissors," he's lapsed into increasingly boring attempts to convince us his childhood home was... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thrilled2Pieces
In my opinion, this book is not close to being as entertaining as his other books, even though it seems like it has great potential. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Libbymae