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A Wolf at the Table


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Augusten Burroughs was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. His first memoir, Running with Scissors remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over four consecutive years and was made into a film in October 2006. He is also the author of Dry (2003), Magical Thinking: True Stories (2004) and Possible Side Effects (2006), and Sellevision (2000) all of which were instant bestsellers both in hardcover and paperback.


New York Times best-selling author Burroughs's (Running with Scissors) latest memoir takes a searing look at his relationship with his father. Artists including Patti Smith contributed four original songs to this recording, inspired by the text: there are sound effects at dramatic points as well as a subtle score, one that neither intrudes on nor overwhelms Burroughs's relatively talented narration. In audiobook form, Burroughs's memoir is an unforgettable experience that will resonate with many. Highly recommended for all collections. [Also available from Macmillan Audio as a retail ed. unabridged CD (ISBN 978-1-4272-0425-7. $29.95); audio clip available through]--Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley, Kansas City, MO Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

A searing, emotional portrait of a son who wants nothing more than the love his father will not grant him, Burroughs's latest memoir (after 2004's Dry) is indeed powerful. Absent is the wry humor of Running with Scissors and the absurd poignancy of Burroughs's years living with his mother's Svengali-like psychiatrist. Instead, Burroughs focuses on the years he lived both in awe and fear of his philosophy professor father in Amherst, Mass. Despite frequent trips with his mother to escape his father's alcoholic rages, Burroughs was determined to win his father's affection, secretly touching the man's wallet and cigarettes and even going so far as to make a surrogate dad with pillows and discarded clothing. Only after his father's neglect--or cruelty--leads to the death of Burroughs's beloved guinea pig during one of the family's many separations does the son turn against the father. Avoiding self-pity, Burroughs paints his father with unwavering honesty, forcing the reader to confront, as he did, a man who even on his deathbed, refused his son a hint of affection. His father missed so much, Burroughs muses, not knowing his son. Luckily, Burroughs does not deny the reader such an enormous pleasure. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"So touching and wonderfully written that anyone else with "a no misery memoir" rule should make an exception" * London Lite *
"There is a depth here that moves his prose to another level. He has written a chilling, dark and deeply unsettling book that is, nonetheless, compulsive reading" * Attitude *
"A hauntingly well-crafted account of his difficult relationship with his father" * Irish Sunday Independent *
"Burroughs's gift is to look into the lion's mouth and find sweetness" * Fay Weldon *

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