This Is How

This Is How

Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More-- for Young and Old Alike

Book - 2012
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If you're fat and fail every diet, if you're thin but can't get thin enough, if you lose your job, if your child dies, if you are diagnosed with cancer, if you always end up with exactly the wrong kind of person, if you always end up alone, if you can't get over the past, if your parents are insane and ruining your life, if you really and truly wish you were dead, if you feel like it's your destiny to be a star, if you believe life has a grudge against you, if you don't want to have sex withyour spouse and don't know why, if you feel so ashamed, if you're lost in life. If you have ever wondered, How am I aupposed to survive this?

This is How.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312563554
Branch Call Number: ANF 814.54 BUR
Characteristics: 230 p. ; 22 cm

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AL_RACHEL Oct 27, 2017

This book was not made for everyone. Personally, I loved the author's flagrant use of "truth" and "lies". The brutal honesty throughout may appear condescending to some, but it spoke to my sensibilities.

AL_ELENA Mar 13, 2017

A self-help book like only Augusten Burroughs could write- funny, dry, self-depricating and at the same time self-aggrandizing, and still oddly touching. The author's voice comes through clearly and he does offer some thought provoking advice. A nice commentary on the genre without being overly critical.

squib Feb 01, 2017

a guide to subverting our common tropes dealing with the deep questions that plague us all. this is a thing of beauty, and undermines much of the harmful material that subverts us under the guise of self-help

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Amber L Moreno
Sep 09, 2015

This book has kind of a mild beginning. After a few pages of standard self-help, Augusten Burroughs starts laying down serious advice. Witty, inventive and stupid-simple, this book brought me to tears. An uplifting and inspirational life manual for the modern human.

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EdS_3
Jul 30, 2015

Down to earth and rough. Great descriptions of how things are. He writes as a true gay man, which I am not, but he writes truth and core feelings. Fresh and much appreciated.

Cynthia_N Jan 07, 2015

Fantastic book! Burroughs shares his philosophy of how he believes people should handle some of the tough stuff that we all might have to deal with in our lives. I don't necessarily agree with everything in the book but its a great resource/read for someone who tends to hold onto the troubles life throws their way.

AshRichards Apr 15, 2013

Straight forward and it assists you if you are currently struggling through something (I was); however, if you are reading for curiousity sake, it may be a bit repetitious.

mrmervis Mar 14, 2013

Light but direct talk about several deep subjects. Strangely uplifting.

glynis2 Mar 08, 2013

Really good, straightforward advice. It seems so obvious after you read the book. Some of the early chapters can be a little boring if it's about a problem you don't struggle with, but you can always skip those or skim through really fast. The nice thing is that each chapter is pretty short, so it's a quick and easy read, unless you're stopping to ponder the advice (which I did occasionally) The chapters near the end are really good and insightful, about dealing with illness and death. I learned a lot about myself and how I deal with things from this book.

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Jennmro
Jan 19, 2013

This is the first book of Augusten's I've read, and I was hopeful! My hopes were dashed, and the more of this book I read, the more I felt like weeping for the loss of life the trees suffered in the making of this book. I'll admit that this is the first in the genre of self help that I've read, but I still can't help but think that this book is plain awful. Onward to a better book, as any other I pick up is sure to be.

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castrilla
Sep 14, 2012

This book is missing a chapter. 'How to state your opinion or stress your point without using excessive unnecessary vulgar language.' I would not recommend to those that are sensitive to swear words.

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