Friday, October 24, 2008

Dry by Augusten Burrows

You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr., are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click, and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life-and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is real. DRY is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.

I enjoyed this book. It's personal and (I assume) honest. I guess it's weird because I know only one person who's been the whole AA route and I've never asked him about it. I will say it's really hard for someone who doesn't drink to that degree to be able to understand something like this. And that's what I liked about the book. I do not understand addiction. I can't relate on any level. But this book probably came close to explaining it to me ... or rather painting a picture of what it's like for someone else.


The Jackson Files said...

I read Running With Scissors, his first book - also a memoir. It was pretty good, so I might give this one a go too.

See you tomorrow.

po said...

I saw the movie running with scissors, and the man is certainly interesting so I may read this.

phillygirl said...

Oooh, maybe I should give Running With Scissors a read too then :)

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