Thursday, November 11, 2010

Possible Side Effects By Augusten Burroughs



I just recently re-read Possible Side Effects and I still laughed aloud the second go around. And I'm not really a laugh aloud sort of person when reading or watching movies. I really have to be taken by surprise. For example, when Augusten, at age 11 mails his grandmother all of her heads which he cut from the family photos and adds a note stating "you keep your bitch bald heads", I nearly died. These books are witty, funny, and heartbreaking. Just the way I like them. I bought this book on the way home from Tampa, and read it straight through before I even got back to Nebraska.

Now, my sister would say that Augusten is the knock-off of David Sedaris, and I see it the other way around! If you liked "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim", you will probably also appreciate the insane memoirs of Mr. Burroughs. To tie in some of his other books, "Running with Scissors", "Dry", and "Magical Thinking" are also very good memoirs. I bawled at the end of Dry. This man makes me laugh, cry, hurt, and understand that other people feel defective sometimes too. He's brutally honest and endearing. And I like the way his mind works. Its nice to know other people have similar quirks and theories about life that only make sense to ourselves! I highly recommend this book. And sister, its on. My man against yours! Either way, we both win now that we have these two men in our lives.