Magical Thinking

  • by Augusten Burroughs
  • Narrated by Augusten Burroughs
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places. With Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs goes where other memoirists fear to tread.

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What the Critics Say

"This collection showcases Burroughs's sharp, funny and sometimes brilliant writing....Burroughs's smooth prose, peppered with charming and awkward moments, is occasionally reminiscent of David Sedaris and David Rakoff. But he's no imitator of those essayists. Rather, Burroughs ambles toward insight in a continual state of self-examination and just happens to have peculiar adventures along the way." (Publishers Weekly)

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His best yet!

For fans of Augusten Burroughs, this is a real treat. Snippets of stuff you know from Running with Scissors weaves through his best writing yet in the form of essays about his life, relationships, neuroses, and career. He's a great reader, too, and his words and voice combine to wonderful effect. I laughed out loud a couple times in public while listening on my iPod, and while I must have looked like a wacko, I had a great time.
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- jpltpl

Read the others first, then judge.......

To all those comparing this author to David Sedaris because they are both gay and both write memoirs, please stop. So they are both homosexual and write about their lives -- after that their similarities stop. Anyone who has read Running with Scissors and his followup Dry, understands where this author is coming from. There is a reason why he is darkly funny and considered somewhat into himself. Your perceptions of egotism would change if you knew more about his humor and childhood. Though I didn't think that this was his best work yet, it was very worthy of my time and I enjoyed it. Before you take this one on, make sure you read his other books first.
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- Ami

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2004
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio