Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Magical Thinking

It begins with a Tang Instant Breakfast Drink television commercial:
"Yes, you, Augusten. You were great. We want you." I can now trace my manic adult tendencies to this moment. It was the first time I felt deeply thrilled about something just a fraction of an instant after being completely crushed. I believe those three words "we want you" were enough to cause my brain to rewire itself, and from then on, I would require more than other people... --- from "Commercial Break," in Magical Thinking.
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 shows up in a minivan. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs' 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.

This is the third and not the last of the Augusten Burroughs books that I have read. Well actually this was my first audiobook and at first I thought I may have a difficult time paying attention but i was proven wrong. Augusten's way of telling his stories is amazing. I had downloaded the audiobook to my iPod and listened while I did dishes, or just laid in the bed or couch ... I found it so relaxing that I actually fell asleep a few times and would have to go back and relisten to chapers. But I would highly suggest this book and this author!! If you want something funny, shocking and almost unbelievable check out his first memoir Running With Sissors.



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