From The Number One New York Times Bestselling Author Comes Another Stunning Memoir That Is Tender, Touchingand Just A Little Spooky Here S A Partial List Of Things I Don T Believe In God The Devil Heaven Hell Bigfoot Ancient Aliens Past Lives Life After Death Vampires Zombies Reiki Homeopathy Rolfing Reflexology Note That Witches And Witchcraft Are Absent From This List The Thing Is, I Wouldn T Believe In Them, And I Would Privately Ridicule Any Idiot Who Did, Except For One Thing I Am A Witch For As Long As Augusten Burroughs Could Remember, He Knew Things He Shouldn T Have Known He Manifested Things That Shouldn T Have Come To Pass And He Told Exactly No One About This, Save One Person His Mother His Mother Reassured Him That It Was All Perfectly Normal, That He Was Descended From A Long Line Of Witches, Going Back To The Days Of The Early American Colonies And That This Family Tree Was Filled With Witches It Was A Bond That He And His Mother Shared Until The Day She Left Him In The Care Of Her Psychiatrist To Be Raised In His Family But That S A Whole Other Story After That, Augusten Was On His Own On His Own To Navigate The World Of This Tricky Power On His Own To Either Use Or Misuse This GiftFrom The Hilarious To The Terrifying, Toil Trouble Is A Chronicle Of One Man S Journey To Understand Himself, To Reconcile The Powers He Can Wield With Things With Which He Is Helpless There Are Very Few Things That Are Coincidences, As You Will Learn In Toil Trouble Ghosts Are Real, Trees Can Want To Kill You, Beavers Are The Spawn Of Satan, Houses Are Alive, And In The End, Love Is The Most Powerful Magic Of All
Augusten Burroughs born Christopher Robison, son of poet and writer Margaret Robison and younger brother of John Elder Robison.Burroughs has no formal education beyond elementary school A very successful advertising copywriter for over seventeen years, he was also an alcoholic who nearly drank himself to death in 1999 But spurned by a compulsion he did not understand, Burroughs began to write a novel Never outlining or consciously structuring the book, Burroughs wrote, as fast as I could type, to keep up Seven days later, Augusten Burroughs had written his first book He had also stopped drinking The book was published one year later Burroughs remains sober to this day And Sellevision stands as Burroughs s only published novel It is currently in development as a feature film.Augusten s second book was a memoir It was also a publishing phenomenon that helped to ignite a kind of memoir fever in America and abroad Running with Scissors was released in 2001 to virtually unanimous critical acclaim The memoir would ultimately remain on the New York Times bestseller list for over four consecutive years, eight months of which were spent in the 1 position The film, starring Annette Benning, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jill Clayburgh and Alec Baldwin was released in 2005.He has since published four additional autobiographical volumes Dry, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking and A Wolf at the Table , all of them bestsellers Currently published in over thirty countries, Augusten s book readings have become massively popular events on numerous continents He has also headlined for the most prestigious literary festivals in the world, most recently the 2008 Melbourne writer s Festival, where he and Germaine Greer delivered the keynote addresses on opening night In addition, Burroughs speaks regularly at colleges and universities on topics ranging from alcoholism and sexual abuse to the art of authoring one s own life and humor as serious medicine.Twice honored by Entertainment Weekly as one of 25 funniest people in America, Burroughs shocked fans and the media alike with the release of A Wolf at the Table in early 2008 The brutal, terrifying and decidedly unfunny book instantly generated a storm of publicity and controversy Critics were deeply divided, and the book received some of the worst and best reviews of the author s career The book tour for A Wolf at the Table, spanned some six months and four countries, as Augusten performed for the largest crowds of his career A Wolf at the Table is Augusten s bestselling hardcover to date.While critics continue to challenge the veracity of Burroughs s books, questioning everything from his alcoholism and advertising career to his earliest childhood memories, the author remains nonplussed, even philosophical To be a journalist with a major American newspaper or magazine, you have to have an A list college education And to get into that A list college, you had to do very well in the right high school So the chances are, you were not being fucked up the ass at age twelve by a pedophile The facts of my life are generally questioned by extremely privileged and well educated people who,likely than not, learned most of what they know about life s dangerous, shocking and sometimes unbelievable underbelly from books, television and the occasional Quentin Tarrantino film The reason my books continue to sell, despite frequently being dismissed as unbelievable, is because the people who read my books recognize the truth that is in them They know the scent They have smelled it The very details the media view with such suspicion are the same details that prove to my reader, this guy was there I remember that, too.
- 336 pages
- Toil & Trouble: A Memoir
- Augusten Burroughs
- 23 September 2017 Augusten Burroughs