Dry, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs.

You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the underground, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising.

Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten had twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all.

At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr are dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers.

But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, 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 life - and live it sober.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9781843541851

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Despite the subject, a very entertaining read

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An intriguing character study that also sheds insight on the advertising industry, substance abuse and rehab programs. It got off to a tenuous start when, in the first 200 words, Burroughs seemed to cop a "poor me the victim of a depraved society" defense. Still, "Dry" is highly readable, sometimes hilarious and well-worth the ride.

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You know it's time to go to rehab when you clean out 27 industrial sized garbage bags full of empty Dewars bottles. Burroughs is hilarious and heartbreaking in his unalduterated telling of his battle with alcoholism. Oh how the mighty fall when they are advertising geniuses with money to burn, searching for love and acceptance through scotch and one night stands, and forced to face the truth rather than putting it in an industrial sized garbage bag. He taps the emotional vein in sharing the story of his friendship with Pigface.....bittersweet stuff to deal with, but told in a way one can swallow.

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good for past time. funny, but couldn't get to the end because of the repetitiveness.

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This is the second book I've read by author Augusten Burroughs, and found it to be as witty and as funny as the first. This wonderful writer takes you along as he tells the story of his life as a recovering alcoholic, and introduces you to a few of the important people he knows along the way. Some parts of the book, as with his first, are hilarious, and some parts are incredibly sad. Mr. Burroughs has had a very tumultuous life and tells his tale with a mixture of humor and sobriety. I would highly recommend this book.

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