This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More, for Young and Old Alike
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Hardcover, St Martins Pr, 2012, ISBN13 9780312563554, ISBN10 0312563558
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling 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. Publishers Weekly,In this hilarious and searingly straightforward memoir, Burroughs (Running with Scissors) turns the self-help genre upside down with his advice on matters ranging broadly from "how to be fat" and "how to lose someone you love" to "how to hold onto your dream or maybe not" and "how to finish your drink." On "how to find love," for example, he counsels, "be the person you are, not the person you think you should be. if you want to have a chance at meeting somebody with whom you are genuinely compatible, never put your best foot forward. be exactly the person you would be if you were alone or with somebody it was safe to fart around." On "Why Having It All Is Not," Burroughs commends the virtues of limits and the ways that such limits force improvisation; he doesn't believe "you can feel deep satisfaction in your life unless your life contains restless areas, holes, and imperfections." In "How to End Your Life," Burroughs, recalling his own teenage experience, distinguishes between suicide and ending life. After his brush with suicide, he realizes that he really didn't want to kill himself; what he really wanted was to end his life, which he accomplishes simply by changing his name and walking out the door and starting a new life. As always, Burroughs is smart and energetically forthright about living and loving. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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