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Possible Side Effects
Possible Side Effects
Author: Augusten Burroughs
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs's most provocative collection of stories yet. From nicotine gum addiction to lesbian personal ads to incontinent dogs, Possible Side Effects mines Burroughs's life in a series of uproariously funny essays. These are stories that are uniquely Augusten,...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312315962
ISBN-10: 0312315961
Publication Date: 5/2/2006
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 116 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
Okay ... so, I am reading this book and I am chuckling at some of the stories (this book is a bunch of his life's stories, in no order) and I am thinking to myself how is it possible that one person can have so much crazy stuff happen to them and thinking what a talented writer he is to take the every day norm stuff and make it funny ... that is until his story about first edition books. So, obviously, I go to the front of the book to see if the one I have is a first edition (it's not, BTW) and I see this teeny tiny notice written at the very top that says:

SOME of the events described happened as related, others were EXPANDED and CHANGED. Some of the individuals portrayed are COMPOSITES of more than one person, and many names and identifying characteristics have been changed as well.

Hmmm ... isn't this the sorta the same thing that got James Frey (Million Little Pieces) in trouble? I was VERY disappointed reading this and it has honestly changed my mind about a lot of what he has written and I have enjoyed. I almost wish I had never seen that very small note, because now I am not sure I would read any more of his books ...
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Helpful Score: 3
Great book. Similar to magical thinking. I really laughed at the stories in this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
i love just about everything burroughs has written!
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Helpful Score: 2
Another hysterical book by Augusten Burroughs. The book is all about situations from his life.
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Helpful Score: 2
Absolutely one of my favorite writers. A realist and an extremist and very hilarious.
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Couldn't put this book down!!!
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I liked this, but it was a bit racy at times.
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A collection of sometimes sad but mostly funny, sometimes sarcastic but mostly honest, sometimes neurotic but hilariously universal essays. A fun quick read with Augusten Burroughs usual quirky charm tossed in.

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Augusten Burroughs (Primary Character)
John Elder Robison (Minor Character)

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