Dry is a memoir written by American writer Augusten Burroughs. It describes the author’s battle with alcoholism. Dry was written before Running With Scissors. Mark said: After reading Dry I went over to Cedar Tavern for a martini. Augusten Burroughs has written a lot of memoirs, most famously Running with Scissors. Apr 23, The Paperback of the Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dry by Augusten Burroughs. Dry by Augusten Burroughs. 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: 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 landed in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr. 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. Paperbackpages. Randy Shilts Award Nominee To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dryplease sign up. Is his actually the author’s real life story?

Augusten Burroughs has written a lot of memoirs, most famously Running with Scissors, but this one’s a bit different since it’s mostly an …more Yes.

Augusten Burroughs has written a lot of memoirs, most famously Running with Scissors, but this one’s a bit different since it’s mostly an adaptation of a diary he was keeping at the time.

He edited it before publication to make it a smoother, more engaging narrative, but it’s still completely true.


Lists with This Book. Feb 03, Mark vurroughs it did not like it. After reading Dry I went over to Cedar Tavern for a martini. And the bartender on the second floor told me that the martinis have been the same size burrough at least five years sin After reading Dry I went over to Cedar Tavern for a martini.

And the bartender on the second floor told me that the martinis have been the same size for at least five years since he began working there. So what the fuck is Burroughs talking about?

Not that I was surprised by this. The Cedar Tavern trip confirmed the suspicions. Do a little research and discover the writer Augusten Burroughs as a liar on many levels.

First, his real name is Christopher Robison. Is he trying to sound aristocratic? As if he were William S.


MPR: Truth vs. Fiction in Augusten Burroughs’ memoir, “Dry”

About half of Dry is dialogue, and I wondered how Burroughs could recall all those intricate conversations, word for drj, especially if he was augsten a liter of scotch every night, as he burrlughs.

The buzz is officially killed on page 33 when he checks into rehab. But mostly for Burroughs, the sober pages are just an excuse for the author to tell us all about himself and his dull relationships with co-workers and boyfriends. Unlike some of his fellow AA friends, he says he has no trouble staying sober, and even quickly stops attending meetings, so that he can instead focus the narrative on the drama of his relationships, whether we like it or not.

Alcohol is rarely mentioned during these pages except when Burroughs feels the need to remind the reader that this is still a story about alcoholism. For instance, somewhere in the middle of the book, he concocts a tale about how he once went to a bar by himself and almost ordered a beer but then pulled himself together at the last second, settling for a Diet Coke.

We are supposed to care and empathize with what is obviously an imagined scene. In hindsight, I realize these lines are intended to augustten his eventual return to drink. In one scene after he quit drinking he describes emptying a bottle of scotch into the toilet: And then I think, why did I flush twice?

The answer, [sic] is of course, because I truly do not know myself. You simply go to the liquor store and buy another bottle.

And I think this yarn is the winner: I counted the beer bottles once: He also pretends to have not known that the very purpose of rehab is to make people dry. The only subject discussed at length is Augusten Burroughs and all of his tedious relationships.

Alcohol is just the decoy plot, so that the author and publisher can rationalize the appearance of yet another Burroughs reflection on his ordinary or otherwise tiresome life. There are no ideas in this book. No worthy discussion of booze and drugs. It is shallow, written, apparently, for fans of Elle, People and Time magazines and for Oprah Winfrey, as the laudatory quotes burrokghs the back of the book indicate. And this is what pathetically passes for good, edgy, humorous writing in America these days.

View all 68 comments. Sep 28, Barbara rated it really liked it. In brief, Augusten’s parents divorced when he was young, and his unstable mother gave him to her Massachusetts psychiatrist, Dr. Augusten lived with crazy people in the doctor’s filthy home, never went to school, and became the obsession augustej a pedophile that lived in a barn behind the house.

The book was adapted 4. The book was adapted into a movie. Burroughs is a talented advertising man but his personal life is a mess. He can’t handle responsibility, doesn’t pay his bills until they go into collection, and despite being well off sometimes loses his phone service and utilities. Burroughs is also a serious drunk who’s frequently late to work, and often shows up stinking of alcohol.

After Burroughs augustn an important meeting with a client his boss gives him an ultimatum: Go to rehab or get fired. Burroughs decides on rehab, and confides the news to his two closest friends: Jim – an undertaker and drinking buddy who’s shocked at the news; and Pigface – a banker and former lover who’s glad to hear it.


This kind of story can be grim but Burroughs tells his tale with humor Burroughs pictures the facility as resembling an Ian Schrager boutique hotel – with gourmet food, a pool, a spa, etc. Thus the author is brought up short when he arrives and sees a plain setting that assigns three patients to a room and serves fish cakes for lunch.

Therapy at the facility is a regimented affair, with constant meetings: One of Burroughs’ roommates, a psychiatrist who Burroughs thinks of as Dr. Valiumlater admits that he came to the point of stealing ALL his patients’ Valium, and replacing it with aspirin. Valium is now in danger of losing his medical license This is for hard-core alcoholics; rock-bottom, ruined-their-lives alcoholics.

I’m an advertising alcoholic, an eccentric mess. The feeling is reinforced when Burroughs thinks about the current condition of his New York apartment, where ” empty Dewar’s augustn occupy all the floor space not already occupied by a bed or chair. Burroughs does his obligatory 30 days in rehab, which – he makes clear – is the easy part of ‘recovery.

In Burroughs’ case, this includes friends like Jim the undertaker, who parties hard every night. Of course this is easier said than done, and Augusten immediately begins to make mistakes.

First Augusten develops a relationship with a fellow group therapy patient – a stunningly handsome South Carolinian named Foster – who has a great body, black hair, and blue eyes. Any augustem relationship directly after rehab is discouraged, and hooking up with a fellow addict is verboten – but Augusten can’t help himself.

On top of that, Augusten takes in a roommate he met at the Pride Institute – an intelligent, British music editor called Hayden, who’s addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol. Thus, instead of avoiding addicts, Burroughs gets embedded with them. Worse yet, Pighead – who’s the unacknowledged love of Augusten’s life – tests positive for the HIV augustfn. Burroughs starts to feel depressed and realizes he misses alcohol, the loss of which “is like dealing with a death in the family.

The ensuing drama with Foster, Hayden, Rick, Greer, and the advertising burrouhs – and most especially Pighead’s illness – upend Augusten’s life.

After a prolonged ‘hiccupping’ illness, Pighead is in a hospital bed hooked up to machines, and Augusten helps to care for him, change his diapers, keep him company, and so on.

This takes a great toll. Burroughs struggles, falls, and eventually recovers, but it’s a long hard slog that’s well worth reading about I should mention that Burroughs acknowledges ‘fictionalizing’ some elements of the story.

DRY: A Memoir

Names have been changed, characters combined, and events compressed. Certain episodes are imaginative re-creation, and those episodes are not intended to portray actual events.

After reading this book I think I understand addiction – and the stranglehold it gets on people – a little better.