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This Is How by Augusten Burroughs
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May 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, dark, death, nonfiction, reviewed, signed-copy, survival, self-help

Last week I went with a friend to hear Augusten Burroughs read from this, his latest book. Now, he's a funny guy, so things started out with him relaying funny anecdotes and the audience snorting aloud. At some point, the talk went over to the dark side and he starts talking about rape and suicide and dying of cancer and all kinds of not-so-funny things. It was a tough talk to sit through and a hard book to read. But, still it's Augusten Burroughs. I honestly can't say I would've enjoyed the book were it written by someone else. Actually, I know I never would have read it. This is the lone book on my self-help shelf. I kept hearing his voice as I read the book, so that helped me get through it.

What I took away from this book:

The past does not haunt us. We haunt the past.

"Nothing worth having comes easy" is not about showing up early at the office. It's about showing up in your own life. And living inside the very moment you want to run away from.

Knowledge is important but naps are more important.
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Reading Progress

May 10, 2012 – Shelved
May 12, 2012 – Started Reading
May 14, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012
May 14, 2012 – Shelved as: dark
May 14, 2012 – Shelved as: death
May 14, 2012 – Shelved as: nonfiction
May 14, 2012 – Shelved as: reviewed
May 14, 2012 – Shelved as: signed-copy
May 14, 2012 – Shelved as: survival
May 14, 2012 – Shelved as: self-help
May 14, 2012 – Finished Reading

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