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Lust & Wonder: A Memoir

Lust Wonder A Memoir 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 e

  • Title: Lust & Wonder: A Memoir
  • Author: Augusten Burroughs
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  • Page: 370
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  • 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 hisFirst 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 unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous, Lust and Wonder is an intimate and honest memoir that his legions of fans have been waiting for.

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    1. Augusten Burroughs

      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 is currently in development as a feature film.Augusten s second book was a memoir It was also a publishing phenomenon that helped to ignite a kind of memoir fever in America and abroad Running with Scissors was released in 2001 to virtually unanimous critical acclaim The memoir would ultimately remain on the New York Times bestseller list for over four consecutive years, eight months of which were spent in the 1 position The film, starring Annette Benning, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jill Clayburgh and Alec Baldwin was released in 2005.He has since published four additional autobiographical volumes Dry, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking and A Wolf at the Table , all of them bestsellers Currently published in over thirty countries, Augusten s book readings have become massively popular events on numerous continents He has also headlined for the most prestigious literary festivals in the world, most recently the 2008 Melbourne writer s Festival, where he and Germaine Greer delivered the keynote addresses on opening night In addition, Burroughs speaks regularly at colleges and universities on topics ranging from alcoholism and sexual abuse to the art of authoring one s own life and humor as serious medicine.Twice honored by Entertainment Weekly as one of 25 funniest people in America, Burroughs shocked fans and the media alike with the release of A Wolf at the Table in early 2008 The brutal, terrifying and decidedly unfunny book instantly generated a storm of publicity and controversy Critics were deeply divided, and the book received some of the worst and best reviews of the author s career The book tour for A Wolf at the Table, spanned some six months and four countries, as Augusten performed for the largest crowds of his career A Wolf at the Table is Augusten s bestselling hardcover to date.While critics continue to challenge the veracity of Burroughs s books, questioning everything from his alcoholism and advertising career to his earliest childhood memories, the author remains nonplussed, even philosophical To be a journalist with a major American newspaper or magazine, you have to have an A list college education And to get into that A list college, you had to do very well in the right high school So the chances are, you were not being fucked up the ass at age twelve by a pedophile The facts of my life are generally questioned by extremely privileged and well educated people who, likely than not, learned most of what they know about life s dangerous, shocking and sometimes unbelievable underbelly from books, television and the occasional Quentin Tarrantino film The reason my books continue to sell, despite frequently being dismissed as unbelievable, is because the people who read my books recognize the truth that is in them They know the scent They have smelled it The very details the media view with such suspicion are the same details that prove to my reader, this guy was there I remember that, too uscmillan author august

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    1. 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 embarra [...]


    2. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/“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 . . . 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 love I was offic [...]


    3. Straight UpI 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 Tollehe's speaking th [...]


    4. 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, focusi [...]


    5. 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 a [...]



    6. 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 always [...]


    7. 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 t [...]


    8. 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.Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books, A [...]



    9. 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 [...]


    10. 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 [...]


    11. 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 app [...]


    12. 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, [...]


    13. 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 relatio [...]


    14. 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 [...]


    15. 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 [...]


    16. 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 Washingto [...]


    17. 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 [...]


    18. 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 [...]


    19. 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.


    20. 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 . . .



    21. 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.


    22. *I received this ebook from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*I have always been fascinated by Augusten Burroughs, mainly for his ability to unabashedly share his colorful life with the world. Lust & Wonder tells the post-rehab story of the start, development, and downfall of Burroughs’ relationships after moving to New York City. You do not necessarily need to read Running with Scissors and Dry before reading this book, but I do recommend them because they give [...]


    23. 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 [...]


    24. MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListI remember way back when I worked at the post office and I was listening to "Running With Scissors" on my headphones and cracking up and being appalled at the same time. I could not help myself falling in love with the craziness that is Augusten Burroughs. He's funny and he doesn't care to share any and everything with people. If only we could all be that way. This book is about his life when he finally started writing his books and getting them published. T [...]


    25. 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 [...]


    26. Thank You to St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced copy of Augusten Burroughs' Lust & Wonder, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In his latest memoir, Lust & Wonder, Augusten Burroughs examines the major romantic relationships in his adult life. LIKE- I've been a long time fan of Burroughs' writing and I've read all of his books. He releases it and I'm going to read it. It's that simple. Lust & Wonder is filled with Burroughs' unique wit and keen observations. Wha [...]


    27. 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 tha [...]


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