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- Darkly funny and gleefully mean-spirited,
Sellevision explores greed, obsession and third tier celebrity, in the
world of a fictional home shopping network. Welcome to the troubled
world of Sellevision, America's premier retail broadcasting network.
When Max Andrews, the much-loved and handsome (lonely and gay) host of
'Slumber Sunday Sundown' accidentally exposes himself in front of sixty
million kids and their parents during a 'Toys for Tots' segment,
Sellevision faces its first big scandal. As Max fails to find a job in
television, another host, the popular and perky Peggy Jean Smythe is
receiving sinister emails about her appearance from a stalker. Popping
pills and drinking heavily, she fails to notice that her husband is
spending a lot of time with the very young babysitter who lives next
door. Then there's Leigh, whose affair with Sellevision boss Howard
Toast is going nowhere, until she exposes him on air; and Bebe,
Sellevision's star host, who finds Mr. Right through the Internet- if
she can just stop her shopping addiction from taking over.
Sellevision: A Novel (2000)
- Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy
whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be
raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to
Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst
Victorian squalor living with the doctor's bizarre family, and
befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of
an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree
stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if
things got dull an electroshock- therapy machine could provide
entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an
ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.
Running with Scissors (2002)
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- From the bestselling author of Running with
Scissors comes Dry-the hilarious, moving, and no less bizarre account of
what happened next 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 to 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., are immediately dashed by the 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 lifeand 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.
Dry: A Memoir (2003)
- From the #1 bestselling author of Running with
Scissors and Drya 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. Then
there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady. The
execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter
horror. Telemarketing revenge. Dating an undertaker and much more. A
collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet
unabashedly intimate and very funny.
Magical Thinking: True Stories (2004) --
Finalist 2004 Lambda Literary Award for Humor
- From the #1 New York Times bestselling
author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs's most
provocative collection of stories yet. From nicotine gum addiction to
lesbian personal ads to incontinent dogs, Possible Side Effects
mines Burroughs's life in a series of uproariously funny essays. These
are stories that are uniquely Augusten, with all the over-the-top
hilarity of Running with Scissors, the erudition of Dry,
and the breadth of Magical Thinking.
Possible Side Effects (2006)
A collection that is universal in its appeal and unabashedly intimate,
Possible Side Effects continues to explore that which is most
personal, mirthful, disturbing, and cherished, with unmatched audacity.
A cautionary tale in essay form. Be forewarned--hilarious, troubling,
and shocking results might occur.
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