Toil & Trouble: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Brilliant! It was absolutely beautiful.
I remember seeing something about it and so I put it on hold at the library. That was awhile ago, so when it popped up in my Kindle, I loved the title but I had no recollection what it was actually about. When I started reading it, it read a lot like fiction, but then when I checked out the author, it all came back to me that it was a memoir and then I was really intrigued. Especially since I had read Running With Scissors years ago and hadn't made the connection that it was the same author.
Anyway, throughout the entire book I was just swept up in the storytelling, the imagery of the house and his upbringing, not to mention his abilities. Even if you are a skeptic, which I most certainly am, he still tells a damn good story. So vivid are the details, his humor is dry and sarcastic, I want to go back and read all of his works leading up to this one.
Reading this was so much fun and delightful and I wish we were friends because he sounds like he would be so much fun to sit with and chat.
Check out my notes for the book for a few of my thoughts throughout the novel.
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