by Augusten Burroughs
"I was addicted to "Bewitched" as a kid. I worshiped Darren Stevens the First. When he'd come home from work and Samantha would say, Darren, would you like me to fix you a drink?' He'd always rest his briefcase on the table below the mirror in the foyer, wipe his forehead with a monogrammed handkerchief and say, Better make it a double.'" (from Chapter Two)
You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. "Dry "is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power."
Augusten Burroughs is the author of Running with Scissors, Magical Thinking: True Stories, Possible Side Effects, A Wolf at the Table and You Better Not Cry. He is also the author of the novel Sellevision. The film version of Running with Scissors, directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Brad Pitt, was released in October 2006 and starred Joseph Cross, Brian Cox, Annette Bening (nominated for a Golden Globe for her role), Alec Baldwin and Evan Rachel Wood. Augusten's writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world including The New York Times and New York Magazine. Entertainment Weekly named him one of "The 25 Funniest People in America." He resides in New York City.
Publisher: Picador USA
Publish Date: April 2013
Page Count: 293
- Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs Books > Self-Help
- Substance Abuse & Addictions - Alcohol - Burroughs, Augusten
- Alcohol use -Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -Social life and customs
- Advertising agencies -New York (State) -Novelists, American
- 20th century -Copy writers -United States