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Lust & Wonder

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  8,922 ratings  ·  880 reviews
First came Running with Scissors. Then came Dry. Now, there's Lust & Wonder.

In chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he's had while living in New York, Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out. With Augusten's unique and singular observations and his own
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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Kristy I'd recommend reading Running and Dry before this one. You'll get a sense of why he seems so negative and always planning for the worst. If you don't …moreI'd recommend reading Running and Dry before this one. You'll get a sense of why he seems so negative and always planning for the worst. If you don't read them first at least read them, they are my favorite two books I have ever read! You won't regret it!(less)
Kiera I took it to be a play on all the love cliches: "There's a spark," "They make the perfect match," etc. …moreI took it to be a play on all the love cliches: "There's a spark," "They make the perfect match," etc. (less)

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Megan Johnson
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've read every one of Augusten Burroughs' books, and if I had to name a favorite author, he'd probably be the name I told you. With that being said, Lust & Wonder didn't have the same spark that the others have for me. But before you decide for or against this book, hear me out -

Written in a way that is just like his other works, I love the fact that Augusten's books always seem to carry on as if just a continuation of the last. He tells it like it is, is unafraid of the gritty and embarrassin
Elyse  Walters
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I like Augusten Burroughs! I go way back with this author..."Dry", "Magical Thinking",
"A Wolf At the Table", "Running With Scissors", and his last book, and "This is How".

After reading "This is How", Augusten's most transformational - insightful - inspiring
book... "Lust and Wonder", falls short.
We see 'huge' changes in Burroughs writing ( and in him), in "This is How" from all his previous books.
I just can't recommend that book highly enough. If you've read Eckhart Tolle...he
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“You are my disease piñata, my Death Star, my everything.

“And you are my catastrophist.”

When I saw Augusten Burroughs had a new book potentially available for me to read before it would even be released, my reaction was a bit like this . . .

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Yes – my husband is quite the lucky man. I didn’t even have to know what it was about to know I wanted to get my chubby little paws all over the dang thing. When I saw it was a memoir about
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3 1/2 stars. I have never read anything by Augusten Burroughs -- I didn't read Running with Scissors or Dry -- so starting with Lust & Wonder may have been a strange place to begin. I gather Burroughs is a memoir writer. Running with Scissors focused on his twisted childhood. Dry dealt with a few years of very hard drinking and a stint through Rehab. And Lust & Wonder takes us through several years of the ups and downs of Burroughs' love life. The book is divided into three parts, focusing on th ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, memoirs
Augusten Burroughs tells a good story. In his latest book he recounts stories of his romantic relationships over the years. Like his previous memoirs, Lust & Wonder is written with pathos and humor, tragedy and comedy both.

At times I was shocked at the level of raw detail Augusten shared about his former lovers, and wondered if these stories really needed to be made public. But I shouldn't have been surprised — if you've read Running With Scissors, which is about his dysfunctional family and dis
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir-ish
I forgot how much I love Augusten, it's been so long. It was like welcoming an old friend back. ...more
Larry H
Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'd rate this 3.5 stars.

Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for making it available!

The more-than-slightly zany, self-deprecating memoirist from Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking , etc. is back, this time recounting his challenges with love, sex, and relationships, and how the heart and the mind don't always work in tandem—especially when your mind is almost alway
Oct 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
The progression of the relationship between author Burroughs and his long-term boyfriend Dennis felt authentic and relatable, but I ultimately hated Lust & Wonder because of the poor writing, messy structure, and insufferably self-important yet insecure tone. This book is neither witty nor humorous, though I could see where the humor was intended- some call it self-deprecating, and while there is a lot of judgment to be found in Lust & Wonder, it’s mostly directed outward as bitchy appearance-re ...more
Julie Ehlers
As I was about to begin Lust & Wonder I went back to my old reading journal to see how long it had been since I'd read Burroughs's previous memoirs, Running with Scissors and Dry. To my shock, I realized it had been more than ten years. Yet, from the very first page of Lust & Wonder, Burroughs's voice was immediately familiar to me. It was like meeting up with an old friend and jumping right back into conversation with them as if you'd never been apart.

Shockingly, for those who've read the heart
Book Riot Community
Augusten is back with his most intimate and honest memoir yet! (And if you've read him before, you know that's really saying something.) In Lust & Wonder, he discusses the different relationships he's had while living in NYC, what worked and didn't work, what it means to be in love - and lust - and how all this got him to where he is now. This new book is hilarious, insightful, outrageous, and smart - just the way we like him.

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Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and wistful, brutal and self-deprecating, the best of his I've read since Dry. ...more
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I GOT APPROVED!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press.

first of all, to be gay and in love!!! that seemed to be the theme of Augusten Burroughs' latest memoir. The book was shorter than his other works but when you're a memoirist you probably can only have so much to write about yourself. But anyway, love. If you're a fan and familiar of the author you know that he had an unconventional past which he doesn't really go into but says enough to give a new reader an idea of why he's so
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
In the final volume of his personal memoir, Burroughs explores matters of the heart. Readers of the previous volumes will know the difficult personal journeys Burroughs has explored through writing; daunting struggles as a youth and battling alcohol addiction. While those journeys may not be something to which all readers can relate, the struggle to find love is one that many will have faced, even if each person has their own narrative. Burroughs recounts of an early love that began strong and b ...more
Lisa Guidarini
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, essay, b, burroughs
I first met Augusten Burroughs in graduate school, while studying for my Masters in Library & Information Studies. He rode back and forth to class with me, on my 45-minute each way commute to Rockford, IL from my home in the far-flung Fox River Valley suburbs of Chicago. He kept me company; I never drove alone. It was me and Augusten, Augusten and me, in my soccer mom continuing education rapid-transit minivan, for a wonderful few weeks.

We laughed, we cried. Sometimes there were snacks.

Okay, fin
Aaron McQuiston
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I remember when Augusten Burroughs burst on the scene with "Running with Scissors." All of the reviews and hype surrounding lawsuits and how he remembered events so specifically brought up questions of whether or not he was telling the truth or was stretching it a bit (this was in the wake of James Frey and his Oprah debacle). With all of the questions, "Running with Scissors" became a book with too much hype, which distracted from the fact that it was really good. So what next with Burroughs's ...more
Cindy Knoke
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Augusten is such a good writer, makes such wonderful connections and leaps between images and words, that his writing is just frequently a joy. He is clearly a brilliant person and I enjoyed much of this book because of his writing skills.
One thing he stills seems to have difficulty getting an accurate sense of is himself, this is despite writing many books now on just this topic. I have read them all and here is what I am left with.
First, as I said he is a brilliant writer. Next, Augusten star
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, memoir
Author Augusten Burroughs is already well-known, specifically for his two most popular memoirs: Running with Scissors and Dry. I’m kind of surprised at myself for not having read either, but it meant I was able to begin reading Lust and Wonder with a completely open mind. I really didn’t know what to expect.

Well, my goodness. I guess I’ve been missing out.

Lust and Wonder essentially follows Burroughs through three significant relationships in his life, and his descriptions of these relationships
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
This started out a 5-star book for me. I LOVED the first hundred pages. I found them hilarious and relatable as someone with a childhood as equally bizarre and traumatic as Augusten's. I've definitely had my issues with dating before I met my husband, and with drinking too. I had a mentally ill and neglectful mom and alcoholic father like Augusten, and also experienced sexual abuse at a young age. I think it's very important for people like Augusten to share their stories. Not just sensationaliz ...more
Ashley Scott
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 I'm-still-crying-too-hard-from-the-ending-to-elaborate stars.

More on this when I've gathered myself.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Yuki by: Sandy Harris; Goodreads Choice 2016 Nominee
Blunt, yet has the power to gain (possibly unwanted) sympathy.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I placed my hand against the side of his precious, electric face and felt the stubble beneath my fingers. I was overwhelmed with the lust and wonder of it all.

I've read plenty (not all) of Augusten Burroughs' work, and I've always found his voice to be so likeable and engaging that the actual substance doesn't matter that much (although I can't deny that I've been long fascinated by his incredible stories). Now fifty, Burroughs brings us his seventh memoir with Lust and Wonder, and The Wa
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Augusten Burroughs is a giant trainwreck. A giant trainwreck in precisely the way all disasters are: you know you shouldn't look, and you shouldn't be so interested and keen to see it all happening, but you furtively watch the whole thing anyway.

The only difference is that with Burroughs, he lets you in on every single dirty secret so you don't have to feel ashamed. His head is all over the place, he's constantly neurotic, and he's blessedly open about every inch of it. He has no qualms about di
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been to 2 book signings by Augusten Burroughs and he doesn't look or act anything like the way he comes across in his books. In person he seems, well, normal. Not so in his books.

Which is why I love them so much! That someone who has had such a background as his (see Running with Scissors) can function in the world and actually be successful is a testament to all of us. None of us have gone through what he has (thankfully!).

This latest book traces his journey through a 10-year relationship
Diane Yannick
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Augusten is now 50 and this is his 7th memoir. I skipped three of them but decided to catch up with him again. I'm happy that he has maintained his sobriety. I can totally appreciate how hard he's worked to gain a better understanding of himself. His communication skills have evolved, allowing him to have loving, honest relationships.

I've read enough about his life but believe that he's a great writer capable of switching genres. He's lived an interesting life and his honesty is extraordinary b
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I have read everything that Augusten Burroughs has published, and liked most of it. “Lust and Wonder” is not an exception. It is a fine quick read. However, it is an uneven book, with the first part much stronger than the latter.
This memoir basically chronicles Augusten’s path to married life and deals with three relationships that seem to have made him the man he is today. There are moments where anyone who has been in a serious long term relationship will cringe with recognition, and that is a
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sexcapades with a gay man. Loved it! I liked the part he wrote about Sellevision. I could envision the on and off set drama in that book and it was nice to learn more about the back story of getting it published. What I liked about L&W was that it was funny, honest, and sincere.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Memoir of love and sexual life of author Augusten Burroughs in NYC. Did enjoy his "Running With Scissors", but this was way more information than I needed to know. Finished the book, probably very rewarding for the author to have unloaded, but . . . ...more
Katie J
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn’t realize I had forgotten about Augusten Burroughs until I happened upon this memoir on a random search at the library. I read Running With Scissors and Dry many years ago and cracking this book open made me remember him instantly, as his dark and cynical sense of humor continues to be at the forefront of his writing. I tore through this book and am thrilled with how it just felt at times that it was slightly mundane to get there, without the same energy present in my previous ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a funny very honest memoir. Burroughs is extremely frank and honest with his struggles with sobriety and mental health. It’s interesting and very relatable. A bit dull towards the end but a good read.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, humor, nonfiction
This might be my favorite book by Burroughs. His biting sense of humor coupled with his adorable love story was such a delight to read and I was sad when it was over.
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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

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“I know now: what is is all that matters. Not the thing you know is meant to be, not what could be, not what should be, not what ought to be, not what once was.
Only the is.”
“Was I heartbroken or furious? I didn’t know. I did know: that’s it. Our relationship could not continue like this, out of balance, unequal.
And as surely as I knew this, I knew something else: But of course it can. We can continue to live exactly as we do right now, in a heavy-lidded state of love and unspeakable compromise. Isn’t that what people do? Every day? Don’t they ache but rename it tired?
It made me wonder: Was it even fair to expect the person you’re with to be just as happy as you? Furthermore, how could you ever even know for sure? You couldn’t, was the truth of it. You could not know this.”
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