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Augusten Burroughs

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Augusten Burroughs born Christopher Robison, son of poet and writer Margaret Robison and younger brother of John Elder Robison.

Burroughs has no formal education beyond elementary school. A very successful advertising copywriter for over seventeen years, he was also an alcoholic who nearly drank himself to death in 1999. But spurned by a compulsion he did not understand, Burroughs began to write a novel. Never outlining or consciously structuring the book, Burroughs wrote, "as fast as I could type, to keep up." Seven days later, Augusten Burroughs had written his first book. He had also stopped drinking. The book was published one year later. Burroughs remains sober to this day. And Sellevision stands as Burroughs's only published novel. It
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Running with Scissors

3.75 avg rating — 376,892 ratings — published 2002 — 86 editions
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Dry

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Magical Thinking: True Stories

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Possible Side Effects

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A Wolf at the Table

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Sellevision

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This Is How: Proven Aid in ...

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You Better Not Cry: Stories...

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Lust & Wonder

3.84 avg rating — 9,770 ratings — published 2016 — 11 editions
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Toil & Trouble

3.96 avg rating — 6,272 ratings — published 2019
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“I, myself, am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
Augusten Burroughs

“I'm lonely. And I'm lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic.”
Augusten Burroughs, Dry

“I know exactly how that is. To love somebody who doesn’t deserve it. Because they are all you have. Because any attention is better than no attention. For exactly the same reason, it is sometimes satisfying to cut yourself and bleed. On those gray days where eight in the morning looks no different from noon and nothing has happened and nothing is going to happen and you are washing a glass in the sink and it breaks-accidentally-and punctures your skin. And then there is this shocking red, the brightest thing in the day, so vibrant it buzzes, this blood of yours. That is okay sometimes because at least you know you’re alive.”
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