Dry: A Memoir
11 journalers for this copy...
I generally don't like to compare an author's work...Books hit me differently at different times in my life. That being said, I feel compelled to say how much I enjoyed this work compared to the author's more popular "Running With Scissors". A realistic tale of the journey to sobriety the book more than held my interest.
Journal Entry 2
-- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet in St. Louis, Missouri USA on Thursday, February 23, 2006
Released 13 yrs ago (2/23/2006 UTC) at -- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet in St. Louis, Missouri USA
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent through RABCK.com to another great bookcrosser.
A RABCK!!!! WOOHOO!!!! Made my day! Thank you so much!
from one righteous babe to another...all my thanks!
Peace and Happy Bookcrossing!!!!
Journal Entry 4
-- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet in St. Louis, Missouri USA on Saturday, March 25, 2006
Released 12 yrs ago (3/25/2006 UTC) at -- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet in St. Louis, Missouri USA
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Loaned to fellow bookcrosser Andr0id to read first since I have other books ahead of this one. So far I've heard some laughing out loud so I'm looking forward to it once I get it back. :)
I read this over the course of a few weeks, which is not my preffered method. It is not the book's fault, it simply fell victim to circumstance. Following the ebb and flow of my own life, I would get really into the story, and then really out of it. It starts off witty and engaging... then I found it to be dragging on... and then it at least took a turn for the worse, which was a turn for the better (for the sake of credibility).
Definitely worth the read, however, I'm not rushing out to read more from this author. I crave fantasy, laughter, and escape/release. While this book definitely had a sense of humor, it evoked a desperate sort of laughter. I am begining to realize that memoirs aren't my cup of tea.
I don't normally comment on the jacket art -- but this one is awesome. Bjorn Keller has other cool photos out there if you look around: http://cameralink.se/uploaded_images/bjorn_keller/bk02.jpg
Returning to icekween01.
received back from Andr0id. Hope to be able to get to it after I finish the book I'm currently reading (Catch-22 by Joseph Heller).
I was finally able to get to this one. I liked the book although it is not light reading by any means. It can be funny at times and at other times quite depressing but it did strike a cord with me. I could really relate to his struggles. Also, I agree Diana, that this one is much better than Running with Scissors. Thanks so much for sharing it with me. I will definitely be passing it on but not sure yet whether I will turn it into a ray or just release it. Thanks again, my friend. I hope you are doing well. Drop me a line sometime.
Peace and Happy Bookcrossing!
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sudokugirl - Bosnia
LilB - New Zealand *
froggirlwendy - Australia
Shelly3110 - Australia
smilingheron - Oregon, USA *book here
Journal Entry 9
-- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet in St. Louis, Missouri USA on Thursday, January 04, 2007
Released 12 yrs ago (1/4/2007 UTC) at -- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet in St. Louis, Missouri USA
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
sent to Tinkaday to start the ray
Thank you! Received the book a few days ago. I'm anxious to get to it. It's on top of my list!
wow. I read this in record time. This guy's life just doesn't get boring, does it? Not nearly as good as Running with Scissors, but then again, that's not easy to beat. I got a tad bit annoyed at his pounding on the germans. ut oh well... all in all a great read! And I'm awfully glad he's not drinking! He's got way too much talent.
Sending a pm to Bug2004
Re'cvd book today. Thanks for sharing.
Can not get over this guy's life. :) I feel as if I have experienced nothing compared to this guy. :)
I did enjoy 'Scissors' more than this one...maybe only because it was my introduction to him. This one was great, though!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
It will be mailed early next week.
Mailed to gaysocialworker today.
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Oops! After receiving a message from Bug2004, I realized this book had not been journaled. I think, perhaps, it arrived when my desktop computer fried. Since it is a bookring, I'll do my best to get it back on the road shortly and not hold the ring up any longer. Thanks!
I tried to read this book several years ago, but could not get into the story. Perhaps that explained my reluctance to begin the story again. Running with Scissors
author Augusten Burroughs chronicles his battle with addiction, as well as his losses of friends, lovers, and in many ways, his self respect. In Dry
, Burroughs talks about, as usual, his incredible family—his moody artist mother, his psychiatrist slash surrogate parent, his childhood abuser. However, he begins to tackle some of the demons of his past, and begins to sort through some of the responsibility he has for his own life.
A couple of years ago, Dry
made its way to paperback. I’m more amused by the paperback cover, than the fish in the martini glass hardback cover. Burroughs experience with self help fellowships seemed to be his lifeline.
Nevertheless, I think Augusten Burroughs represents an important voice for gay men. Straight readers, too, will relate to his reality. This book was a worthy read—I’m glad I gave it a second chance.
Waiting for shipping address from purplemoonmyst in Kentucky.
This came in the mail today, have one other book to finish for another bookring then I will start reading this.
Thanks so much for sending this book across the pond to England.
This will be my third book by the same author, so he must be doing something I like. Leaping onto my "read this immediately" bookray/ring pile.
I enjoyed this book much more than I anticipated. Augustine is very self centred, which seems to be the philosophy encouraged by AA and rehab, and so the writing style of this book works.
Just for information, on page 90 Augustine asks if a person from London eats "that yeast based stuff you spread on bread, vegemite". In England you would actually eat Marmite, vegemite being a similar product but associated with Australia and New Zealand.
I posted this to RDWirall on Saturday 10th November 2007.
Got this a few days ago and read it in a few hours. I enjoy Burroughs' writing style but I didn't get as much reading enjoyment out of it as I did with his previous memoir Running With Scissors. Will PM next in line.
Update: Sudokugirl has passed on the book, will PM LilB
Received in the mail just in time for Christmas. Thank you.
I pretty much agree with RDWirral and the previous journallers who preferred Running With Scissors. There are also a lot of similarities with David Sedaris who I prefer and find much funnier.Will send off as soon as I get froggirlwendy's address.
I read Running with Scissors and enjoyed it a lot. Diana recommended Dry, said she liked it better than Running. She'd HAD it, but sent it on its Bookcrossing journey before we met. She tracked it down and asked if I could be added to the end of the ray, and here it is, with a new reader AND back home again. It's lovely to experience Bookcrossing in all it's book traveling/journaling glory. I've read the first few pages and am very much looking forward to digging in.
Thanks do Diana for tracking it down and icekween01 for adding me to the list and to LilB for sending to me from New Zealand!
Just finished reading this last night. I've been trying to read some 'lighter' fare lately, as life has been providing its own difficulties for me. This didn't really qualify as 'light', and I found myself trying to get through it quickly. That said, I am glad I read it, I liked hearing about his journey to sobriety, liked his relationships with Greer and PigHead.
What is next for this worthy, well-traveled book? It is not 'available' at this time. Since it has so recently come back home, DC is unwilling to let it go back out into the world quite yet. So here it shall stay, for the time being.