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You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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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!
The book is not helped by Burroughs' reading of his work for the CD. He apparently attended the School of Pretentious Acting to prepare for this audio book. He does a great job reading his earlier works, and I still enjoy them and marvel at what a good writer he is. This collection, however, along with "A Wolf at the Table", is so overly emoted and annoyingly smug that it undermines any good writing that may have snuck through his catty attitude.
I advise any person new to Burroughs to avoid this work. I highly recommend "Running with Scissors", "Dry", "Magical Thinking", and "Possible Side-Effects". "Wolf at the Table" and this collection are not his best, and especially stay away from the audio editions. If you are already a fan, just know that these stories are a major disappointment.
This book is, of course, Christmas themed. More importantly, it doesn't disappoint from his previous work. There's the complete laugh-out-loud pee-your-pants stories. But there's also a lot of introspective and real-life stories that show a side of Augusten that warms my heart.
This was actually my second favorite book from this author, my favorite being Dry. Both because of how he opens his heart and life to the readers but also because he truly knows how to make me laugh. His humor is not for everyone (a few of members disliked it - a lot), it's very wry and more than a little dark.
The stories all wonderful in their own way.
Highly recommended for fans of humorous memoirs or those that can "get" that humor that is Augusten Burroughs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A short compilation of Christmas themed stories from Augusten Burroughs. Cute and funny.Published 3 months ago by Nancy A
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 7 months ago by Val KD
Not Burroughs' best work, but because I like him so much, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection.Published 7 months ago by Scott J. Hamilton
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 8 months 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 8 months ago by stephanie