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Publisher's Summary

A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places. With Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs goes where other memoirists fear to tread.
©2004 Island Road, LLC (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"This collection showcases Burroughs's sharp, funny and sometimes brilliant writing....Burroughs's smooth prose, peppered with charming and awkward moments, is occasionally reminiscent of David Sedaris and David Rakoff. But he's no imitator of those essayists. Rather, Burroughs ambles toward insight in a continual state of self-examination and just happens to have peculiar adventures along the way." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Beth
  • 06-08-2015

Worth the time

Kept me laughing with great visual imagery and engaging stories!!! I would recommend it to others

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  • Emilio
  • 31-07-2010

Funny and smart

If you like Burroughs you will enjoy his sense of humor in these short and smart stories.
They are like a peephole through his complex and funny way seeing the shortcomes of life. He manages to find a story in what most people would just call a regular uneventual situation.
I enjoy his writing and narrating even though he can sometimes overreact a little bit.
The part about his cleaning lady is especially hillarious, I hear it often!!!

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  • Mary
  • 06-12-2005

Funny and Sad

I really enjoy Augustin's writting he is very descriptive.

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