Monday, August 25, 2008

#22 - Possible Side Effects

While Running With Scissors got all the press for Augusten Burroughs I found it to be little more than a good backstory to truly appreciating his other books. It laid some foundation. Burroughs really hits his stride when he is writing short, true accounts from his life in books like Dry, Magical Thinking, and Possible Side Effects. Few authors can get me to actually laugh out loud while reading, but Burroughs is one of them and there was no shortage in this one. Neurotic, obsessive, strange, introspective and brutally honest all barely begin to describe the contents of any Augusten Burroughs tale and they really must be read to be appreciated. The only downfall is his "need" to end each story with some quip or pun that almost always falls flat. It might be intentionally groan-inducing but often it simply succeeds in wiping the smile off my face that I had the entire time through the tale. It's a minor quibble, but noteworthy. Highly Recommended.

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