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Magical Thinking: True Stories By Augusten Burroughs Magical Thinking True Stories From the bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry a contagiously funny heartwarming shocking twisted and absolutely magical collection True stories that give voice to the thoughts we

  • Title: Magical Thinking: True Stories
  • Author: Augusten Burroughs
  • ISBN: 9780312315955
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • Magical Thinking: True Stories By Augusten Burroughs From the 1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection True stories that give voice to the thoughts we all have but dare not mention It begins with a Tang Instant Breakfast Drink television commercial when Augusten was seven Then there is the contest of wills with the deraFrom the 1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection True stories that give voice to the thoughts we all have but dare not mention It begins with a Tang Instant Breakfast Drink television commercial when Augusten was seven Then there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror Telemarketing revenge Dating an undertaker and much A collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate and very funny.
    Magical Thinking: True Stories By Augusten Burroughs

    Magical Thinking True Stories by Augusten Burroughs Jan , Magical Thinking True Stories by Augusten Burroughs Author . Rating details , ratings , reviews From the bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection True stories that give voice to the thoughts we all have but dare not mention. Magical Thinking True Stories Burroughs, Augusten Magical Thinking True Stories Hardcover October , by Augusten Burroughs Author Visit s Augusten Burroughs Page. Magical Thinking True Stories by Augusten Burroughs Oct , Magical Thinking is finely honed and addicting Miraculous Rocky Mountain News Denver Deeply satisfying, full of both gleeful one liners and shocking instances of profound wisdom There are few writers as outrageously magical or as surprisingly thoughtful as Augusten Burroughs The Atlanta Journal Constitution Magical Thinking Burroughs, Augusten Magical Thinking named after a psychological profile in which one attributes to one s actions something which they could not have anything to do with such as believing that one can will bad or good things to happen to someone is actually a collection of brief averaging less than pages musings by the author, some of which had previously appeared on Salon. Nonfiction Book Review MAGICAL THINKING True Stories by A psychological term, magical thinking describes the belief that one exerts influence over events than one actually does Burroughs, who spent childhood days stepping on cracks to see if his Magical thinking

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    1. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      Shameless Unabashed He just does not care whether you like him or not.These are what make Augusten Burrough s memoirs very different from what I ve read so far He does not give an eff when he recounts how many Catholic gay priests he had sex with He tells each sexual encounter like he is telling them to his gay close friend inside an enclosed room All the details, including the unprintables, are mentioned and their intimate conversations in verbatim.This is my fifth book by Burroughs I used to h [...]

    2. Tung on said:

      A few years ago I read Running with Scissors and found it over the top but tolerable Then I read the sequel Dry and thought it was okay Last year, I read Sellevision and detested it, swearing off Burroughs forever But then I realized something Burroughs is not a fiction writer he s a memoirist So I decided to give Magical Thinking a chance because Burroughs was going back to his strength, and because rather than a full length memoir, Magical Thinking is a series of short snippets of his life Ove [...]

    3. Libby on said:

      Hmmm something happened after I read the Chapter The Rat Thing I struggled A lot I found myself unable to connect with him any I couldn t laugh any because I thought he was just plain cruel most of the time whether it be to animals, children or adults Now I havent read Running with Scissors or Dry yet but I do understand that he had a very screwed up childhoodbut that fact still doesnt make me like the fact that he is so incredibly self absorbed and mean even if he does have his guilty moments a [...]

    4. Anthony on said:

      Augusten Burroughs is an immature jerk that I wouldn t give the time of day I found nothing nothing charming about Magical Thinking and while I was reading it all I could think was that he represents the unshaven underarm of society the type of person who finds everything wrong with the world and the slice of pie he has been delivered but fails to notice the good things like the fact that he is eating pie Why am I so disgusted by him This is the type of guy that steps on a child s hand in a stor [...]

    5. Stephanie on said:

      In the past, I have only listed books on that I have enjoyed and would recommend So this is my first negative rating review Today, a friend put Magical Thinking in her TO READ pile I commented that I did not want her to read it because in one of AB s essays, he describes wishing a boss dead the origination of the title and incredibly goes on to gleefully reveal that she did die after hoping it would happen This boss of his was also a Creative Director of mine at a different ad agency a mentor, a [...]

    6. Mariel on said:

      The government called and said we can t afford David Sedaris any It s the recession, y know Guess it s the poorest man s David Sedaris Augusten Burroughs Burroughs would be better if he d at least admit he s a bitchy gay man instead of trying to tack on But everybody is okay drivel messages at the end of his bitchiness He reminds me of guys I know who make up obviously bullshit stories made annoying by the obvious fact they expect you are impressed by it I m not Only vaguely amusing Or people w [...]

    7. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      Ugh, why the hell do I ever even bother trying to read books by this Augusten Burroughs guy Another bunch of vulgar and lewd sob stories by a man with a severe case of exaggeration and trying to pass off fabrication as fact.

    8. Andre on said:

      I just recently got out of the shower No lie The shower came after I cleaned the shower but, get this, before I took a bubble bath.Now what sense does that make Who takes a bath and THEN gives the bathtub a deep scrubbing I ve done lots of things in odd orders I think hot tea in the summer and down gallons of iced tea in the winter Sometimes I drink Rockstar or Monster or Go Girl immediately before going to sleep.Earlier today, at the grocery store, I went to the frozen section first , then proc [...]

    9. Allie on said:

      I really love this book Because the stories are short, pretty quick reads, it s great for those times when you want something to read but have a lot of distractions around That s why I took it to the DMV with me a few weeks ago when I was getting my driver s license renewed It was a long wait, and the lobby was packed with all kinds of cranky people and their unruly kids As I read about Burroughs experiences dating an undertaker, getting blowjobs by priests and dealing with a psychotic housekeep [...]

    10. Carmen on said:

      03 06 2014 RE READI am going to describe each of these stories for you in a Victorian Chapter Title Because it s fun 1 Commercial Break In Which Young Augusten Is Selected to Be In a Tang Commercial, But Discovers He is Horrible At Acting.2 Vanderbilt Genes In Which Young Augusten Discovers What He s Suspected All Along His Parents Aren t Really His Parents but Instead He Is A Lost Vanderbilt Child, Heir to Millions.3 Transfixed by Transsexuals In Which Augusten Explains His Obsession with Trans [...]

    11. João Roque on said:

      Augusten Burroughs um dos meus escritores favoritos, n o s porque escreve bem, mas especialmente porque um escritor que escreve sobre si pr prio.Ora, e n o sendo eu um escritor, sempre preferi nos meus escritos, escrever sobre a minha pessoa do que ficcionar uma hist ria.E como Burroghs consegue transformar uma s rie de recorda es da sua vida, em pequenos epis dios, plenos de humor e sarcasmo totalmente vis vel neste seu Pensamento M gico.E, neste livro que ele fala abertamente e de uma maneira [...]

    12. Victoria Weinstein on said:

      After enjoying Burrough s bitchy humor for a few chapters, I began to find the stories lacking in any redeeming qualities They were just mean and bitchy rather than insightful and bitchy I always appreciate a self aware narrator, but although Burrough s is admirably self aware and vulnerable, he is profoundly unhealthy in his thinking and behavior I haven t read his autobiography, Running With Scissors, so I can t fill in the background of his frequent references to a terribly abusive upbringing [...]

    13. Philip on said:

      I got this book on a whim after reading all it s praise on the front cover I mean 237 positive critiques from the worlds most reputable sources can t be all wrong, can they Besides, I love David Sedaris, and out of the 237 reviews, 235 of them had a fond comparison One of the things that gets under my skin is the way he approaches his homosexuality It defines him And he comes across as saying, I don t want to be defined by my homosexuality, but let me tell you about the catholic priests I ve sed [...]

    14. Erica on said:

      So Anthony bought me this book last weekend and I finished it in 3 days.It s a collection of his essays, much like the style of David Sedaris And just like David Sedaris, only a couple of these essays are laugh out loud funny.The first 5 essays feel like he s just trying to fill space in the book with nonsense what if stories that are obviously all taking place in his head This led me constantly think, I thought this was a memoir based on things that actually take place But again, I m uber criti [...]

    15. Stacey on said:

      OK, this was funny and weird, like all his stuff, but I like him best when he has an actual story to tell, like in Dry or Running with Scissors This collection is a lot like Possible Side Effects in its randomness I find myself thinking, how does this guy keep convincing people to publish all these amusing but basically pointless stories And can I have the phone number of those people I too have lots of pointless stories and would love to make some money off of them I enjoyed this but I think I [...]

    16. Tortla on said:

      Amusing enough to make me laugh out loud a few times It doesn t get five stars because Burroughs is amusing but not endearing And he made a few typos and can t seem to get his facts straight did he start working in advertising when he was 18 or 19 does he use magical thinking to keep planes aloft or not Sooour stars.

    17. David on said:

      A solid collection of humorous stories, with a smattering of heartfelt and touching stories to boot Burroughs is no David Sedaris, but he is certainly an enjoyable comedic author.

    18. Karin on said:

      I didn t read the whole thing only to the essay where he writes about how he tortured a rat I got so mad I tore the pages out of the book then tossed the book into the first trash can I found.

    19. Courtney Maum on said:

      Obnoxious but compulsively readable Burroughs is pretty damn funny when he s not being an ass.

    20. Sue Smith on said:

      3.5 starsThis is an interesting book of short stories Well stories isn t exactly the right word, but I can t really pin which word I should use not stories musings, maybe , no t musings um, diary entries not exactly diary entries, but closer I think Actually like written self therapy journal entries which is probably the essence of this exercise So how did I feel about this collection of stories you ask Hmmm So how did I feel about this collection Well, it was a mixed bag of stories and my feel [...]

    21. Diana on said:

      If you think David Sedaris stories are funny, then you ll really explode with laughter when you read this collection from Augesten Burroughs.

    22. Laurel-Rain on said:

      Author Augusten Burroughs has hit a home run again in this funny, sometimes acerbic collection of true anecdotes that reveals the dark thoughts we all sometimes have, and then carries them out to their seemingly insane conclusionsbut with wit and that satirical twist.These snippets are not presented in any particular chronological order, but begin in childhood, with memories about a Tang commercial, and lead us through the panicky drinking days and the one night stands.One of my favorites is the [...]

    23. Robert on said:

      Funny that he refers to Joan Didion in this book, as she had a Magical Thinking book too.It was funny Not nearly as funny as the cover review blurb from USA today makes it out to be not truly necessary to get the tissue box out Is sex all that important Painful How many times do breast implants have to be mentioned, and why would a gay man care so much about them It was still a funny read with than slapstick, an apt commentary on a lot of twisted garbage in society, and succeeds in threading a [...]

    24. Julie on said:

      My favorite part of the book, and some of the most profound and prophetic writing ever The truth is, Dennis has no bad qualities and no faults When he s working late and I m alone, or sometimes when we re in bed together, the lights off, I try to make even a small list in my mind of his faults Things I Put Up With Out of Love But I haven t been able to think of a single thing that I am not able to first overlook and then come to cherish Even the fact that he sometimes loses things has led to a t [...]

    25. Anita on said:

      Burroughs is honest and I like him there are portions that gave me great compassion for him to the effect that I don t think I can read Running with Scissor it might hurt to read his memoir I have a hard time stomaching kids not receiving the care they need The good news is that in the end Burroughs has received the good the world has to offer which makes me have hope Here is an excerpt that depicts his wit, but also his honesty about his life experiences that have shaped him But you d make such [...]

    26. Hilary D on said:

      What is disturbing to me is in the last week and a half I have reread all of his books, and I am finding so many discrepancies between the books One example, in Better Not Cry he says he ate a life size wax Santa and had to get his stomach pumped, but then in Dry he says I had gotten my stomach pumped before after eating a wax Santa off the Christmas tree Also, in Magical Thinking he goes into graphic detail on his sex life with the undertaker but when you read Dry, come to find out, that sudden [...]

    27. Jennifer on said:

      I m really enjoying this book I can only deal with a collection of short stories when they re about the same person and in this case the main character of each story is the author, Augusten Burroughs Who knows if all the details are true, i don t care What is evident, and wonderful is that the stories are each little gems that i don t want to end Each chapter has wonderful sentences that make me run into the room where jason is, or poke him on the train, and read aloud I also believe i m destine [...]

    28. Alison on said:

      Probably the weakest of all of Burroughs work with Dry coming in at the top spot , I still enjoyed this one I did, however, feel there was a certain rushed tone, like he had to slam out these stories quickly to keep his name relevant I wouldn t really call any of his writing thoughtful, per se, but these stories in particular seem a bit shallow which I m sure he d readily admit Anecdotes about his boyfriend and dog are sweet I liked his boyfriend announcing he wanted to be President of Lycra in [...]

    29. Ellen on said:

      Magical Thinking, especially for someone who has read any other of Augusten Burroughs memoirs, maintains a cheerful level of anecdotal references to such things as the secret talents of Catholic priests, pespi enemas, and the author s own violent descent into madness and squalor However, it appears that the book merely mirrors the two other books I ve read by Burroughs Possible Side Effects and Running With Scissors rather than offering up a differing perspective on his life or even a different [...]

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