This Is How

  • by Augusten Burroughs
  • Narrated by Augusten Burroughs
  • 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Running With Scissors comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the "un-survivable" and will challenge your notion of self-help books.
To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between.
This Is How is his no-holds-barred book of advice on topics as varied as:

How to feel like crap
How to ride an elevator
How to be thin
How to be fat
How to find love· How to feel sorry for yourself
How to get the job
How to end your life
How to remain unhealed
How to finish your drink
How to regret as little as possible
And much more

Told with Burroughs's unique voice, black humor, and in-your-face advice, This is How is Running With Scissors - with recipes.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A Bold, Fresh Perspective In "Self-Help"

If you could sum up This Is How in three words, what would they be?

Little. Yellow. Different. Just kidding. Groundbreaking, hilarious, moving.

What did you like best about this story?

It is a new take on the rather tired, be peppy all the time, say affirmations and forcing yourself to be happy...none of that works.

Have you listened to any of Augusten Burroughs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to Burroughs' work before - all of them in fact - and was starting to feel that his most recent work was becoming well-tread familiar territory. This one shatters it. He is most definitely back! I've always enjoyed his reading performances.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Actually, I was moved by every chapter because he completely discusses what he believes the heart of the matter in any personal issues. It's sound advice when you've given up all of the empty self-help hype, forced happiness and seminars.

Any additional comments?

If you've never read his work before, listen to this then "Running With Scissors" to get the background on how and why his advice hits home - he has a wealth of experience from his life and freely admits it. I actually wish that he'd have another book covering even more difficult topics. That's how much I enjoyed it.I laughed out loud on many, many occasions because Burroughs cuts right to the core immediately by systematically going against virtually every principle that is recommended in a typical self-help book...and why many of us never finish them. Hilarious, offbeat and painfully honest - I absolutely loved it!

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- Citizen Arcane

I loved this book

This is my first Burroughs. I've listened to all Sedaris and Klosterman and people have said Burroughs is similar. I expected this to be funnier than it was. It was very dark but it felt so honest and ego free. This book took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I went from comfortably thinking "oh, I feel bad for people like that" to "ouch, he just described me perfectly." Burroughs turns on a spot-light and never relents. I liked it so much, the minute I finished it I started it over and listened to it all over again.
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- Marci

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-08-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio