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Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs
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Sep 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: memoirs, humor, 2009
Read in July, 2009

These stories are what most people who write blogs are trying to achieve when they drone on about the minutia of their daily lives. The only difference is that Augusten Burroughs is able to make us laugh in the process, and often at our selves. He portrays himself as a tad absurd, and we can't help but relate. Sometimes his stories seem to touch on the profound, but it's often fleeting and never in a way that seems overly contrived by Burroughs. Occasionally while reading I would wonder what made this collection worthy of publishing instead of being banished to life on computer screens, but then I would read a particularly witty and insightful passage which would remind me of Burrough's unique gifts in story telling. I give this collection 4 stars instead of 5 because it lacks some of the emotional resonance I would want from a five star book. It's still an entertaining read, and one I would recommend to anyone.

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