Thursday, March 26, 2009

Author Profile: Augusten Burroughs

Humorous memoirist Augusten Burroughs is probably best known by most people as the guy who wrote the book that spawned the movie “Running With Scissors,” which released on DVD in 2007. Of course, there’s much more to the author that just that – he’s got six books (some fiction, some memoir), and has been a commentator for NPR, and a columnist for Details magazine.

Running With Scissors
The most famous of Burroughs’ memoirs, this book details his young life, when, at age 12, he was sent to live with his mother’s psychiatrist for three years. The story is true by Burroughs’ accounting, and some of the events are definitely adult in nature.
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Detailing Burroughs’ adult life as an alcoholic and an ad-writer for a top New York agency, Dry follows the author from New York to Minnesota and back. Here, he discusses rehab and what comes after; especially how hard it became to return to his life that revolved around alcohol once he was “tenuously sober.”
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Magical Thinking: True Stories
Witty and sarcastic again, Magical Thinking showcases Burroughs’ gift at telling stories of his childhood and adult life. While many (okay, most) are mean-spirited and a little R-rated, they’re well worth a read.

If you’d like to read some of his shorter pieces, Details magazine is owned by St. Clair Shores Public Library and is available for interloan.

Also out is his first novel, Sellevision, about the antics behind-the-scenes at a home shopping network. Sellevision is available as a book from Harper Woods Public Library, and as an audiobook from Troy Public Library.

Thanks to CB for this author suggestion!

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