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Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs
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May 13, 2009

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In case you didn't know, this, along with "Magical Thinking", is a book of short stories. ("Magical Thinking" received better reviews on both but the same rating on Amazon. I'll read MT sometime soon and you'll probably see a comparison in that review.)

Not as good as Dry or Running With Scissors, but it's a quick read. I wouldn't recommend reading them all (unless you're just completely bored). Here is what I'd consider "required" and "optional" reading. (Not all of the stories are listed below).

*** I've tried to place them in the order that I liked them.

Required Reading:

Try Our New Single Black Mother Menu ("So if McDonald's is for blacks, what's for whites?"), Moving Violations ("I would then hold the picture against the window and Debby would either speed up to pass the offending car, or she would slow down so they could get a good look. The images were all hardcore pornography."), Mrs. Chang ("It was because of Mrs. Chang that I spent my childhood secure in the knowledge that Santa Claus as Chinese."), Bloody Sunday ("We are obsessed with sex in an unnatural way."), Killing John Updike ("But that's what happens when you die. The vultures come. Sometimes, even before you die."), GWF Seeks SAME ("'What does a lesbian bring on a second date?' Christy was fond of saying. 'A moving van.'"), Kitty, Kitty ("And then I thought, maybe seeing for myself means something, makes a difference."), You've Come a Long Way, Baby! ("What if in the future I met somebody that I thought was glamorous and exciting and they smoked? If it ever became necessary for me to begin, I'd better be damn ready and already know my brand."), Little Crucifixions ("I could lie to my parents because I felt that they were only temporary. I constantly felt on loan to them and overdue to be returned."), Julia's Child ("My mother engaged Julia Child as my babysitter. In the form of a public television cooking series on WGBH, our local PBS station.")


Getting to No You ("When you begin discussing toilet intimacies on the first date, you have failed the first date."), Taking Tests, Taking Things ("A truant teenager loitering outside a movie theater is going to be far more motivated to return to school when he has the barrel of a .45 pressed against his cheek."), Pest Control ("Although my parents never attended church or mentioned Jesus except when they screamed at each other - and then they used his full name, 'Jesus Fucking Christ' - they did explain that he was a man who lived in the sky and granted wishes to certain people. People he liked."), The Georgia Thumper ("Like every child, I adored her. Until I formed a brain and got to know her.")

Run Along, Lil Chillens! Git back to work...
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Augusten Burroughs
“Like every child, I adored her. Until I formed a brain and got to know her.”
Augusten Burroughs, Possible Side Effects

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