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Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs
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Jun 07, 10

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Read in May, 2010

I enjoyed this book, but I am afraid I read the authors books in the wrong order. The authors first autobiographical book, "Running with Scissors" portrays a childhood that is hugely dysfunctional, to the point that readers of the book would not be surprised if the author had turned out psychotic. This book is an attempt by the author to restore some normalcy to his image, saying, "see despite everything, I didn't turn out so bad". This book is a series of anecdotes, all fairly amusing, but nothing that couldn't have happened to somebody else. Also, when I picked this book up, I didn't know that the author was gay. Since I have never read a book that treated gay relationships so forthrightly and explicitly, I was a little taken aback. It took a little getting used to. At least when I actually did read "Running with Scissors", I had a better idea what I was getting into, or so I thought. Let's just say that "dysfunctional childhood" doesn't begin to cover it.

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Valerie I love his books - and you're right, dysfunctional doesn't even *begin* to cover it!

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