Magical Thinking

True Stories

Augusten Burroughs; Read by the Author

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From the number-one bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry comes Augusten Burroughs's most eagerly anticipated collection yet: true stories that give voice to the thoughts that we all have but dare not mention.

It begins with a Tang Instant-Breakfast Drink television commercial:

"Yes, you, Augusten. You were great. We want you." I can now trace my manic adult tendencies to this moment. It was the first time I felt deeply thrilled about something just a fraction of an instant after being completely crushed. I believe those three words "We want you" were enough to cause my brain to rewire itself, and from then on, I would require more than other people....- from Magical Thinking's "Commercial Break"

A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work." Dating an undertaker who shows up in a minivan. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places. With Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs goes where other memoirists fear to tread.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt and hear bestselling author Augusten Burroughs read from his book Magical Thinking: True Stories. From the #1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry--a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection. True stories that give voice to the thoughts we all have but dare not mention. It begins with a Tang Instant Breakfast Drink television commercial when Augusten was seven.

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Praise for Magical Thinking

“There is a dusting of David Sedaris in Burroughs’s style, a laughing-through-your-tears candor that’s as appealing as the situations are appalling.”—BookPage

Praise for Dry:
“His performance blends self-deprecating black humor with wise-cracking confidence. His natural (or hard-learned) wit and charm keep the listener rooting for his success.”—AudioFile

“There’s an emotional truth that comes through here, along with a vivid prose style and a nice talent for reading in the voices of various participants in the tale. All together, it makes for a memoir well worth listening to.”—The Providence Journal

“As effective as the printed books are, the audiobook editions—which Burroughs himself presents—offer an even more sublime personal mixture of humor and revelation.” —

Praise for Running with Scissors:
“Burroughs’s account of his deranged adolescence is clear-eyed and often wildly funny. To hear it not only in his own words, but in his own voice in this fine production
is ideal.” —AudioFile

“The writing is exceptional, fast-paced and captivating. Ditto the narration.”—Kliatt

Augusten’s narration of his previous books received universal acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called Running with Scissors a “flawless audio adaptation of his alternately riotous and heartbreaking memoir,” describing Burroughs’s voice “as mutable and unique as his unconventional childhood.”

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About the Author

Augusten Burroughs; Read by the Author

AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS is the New York Times bestselling author of Dry,
Running with Scissors, and Sellevision. He lives in New York City and Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Magical Thinking
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Augusten Burroughs; Read by the Author


Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Honor Book, Lambda Literary Award - Nominee

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
October 2004
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593975777
ISBN10: 1593975775
Audio Run Time: 9:00

Abridged Digital Audio

Abridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
October 2004
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593975760
ISBN10: 1593975767
Audio Run Time: 3:30

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
October 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312315955
ISBN10: 0312315953
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
October 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429915878
ISBN10: 1429915870
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages

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