Possible Side Effects

Possible Side Effects

Book - 2006
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From the million-copy bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs's most provocative collection yet. This book is approved for consumption by those seeking pleasure, escape, amusement, enlightenment, or general distraction. This book is not approved to treat disorders such as eBay addiction or incessant blind dating.   In studies, some people reported inappropriate, convulsive laughter, a tingling sensation in the limbs, and sudden gasping. Fewer than 1 percent reported narcolepsy.   Doll collectors may experience special sensitivity, as may discourteous drivers, candy-company brand managers, and nicotine-gum users.   This book has been shown to be especially helpful to those with parents, grandparents, life partners, and incontinent dogs. People with dry, cracked skin have responded well to this book, as have people with certain heart conditions.   Do not operate heavy machinery while reading this book, until you know what effects it may have on you.   This text is contraindicated in those suffering from certain psychiatric disorders, including - but not limited to - readers afflicted with anhedonia, which is the inability to experience pleasure.   Ask your doctor about Possible Side Effects .
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312315962
Branch Call Number: 813.6 BURROUGHS
Characteristics: ix, 291 p. ; 22 cm

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_McGeek_ Jun 26, 2019

I love this book. I love all of his books, but let me just say, they aren't for everyone (PC police or the easily offended may want to give it a pass). Reading this book again after many years was like catching up with an old friend that I missed dearly. If you're considering giving it a go, I'd recommend starting with this book's predecessor Running With Scissors (adapted to film with a star studded cast and produced by Brad Pitt), as it was about his insane childhood, will explain A LOT about why he is who he is, and may help understanding his dark and twisted sense of humor. That being said, he is one of the funniest writers I've had the pleasure of reading, if you're a fan of David Sedaris I would definitely recommend Augusten Burroughs. I look forward to his next memoir, which sounds just as weird and wonderful as the rest.

Mar 02, 2016

This book is HILARIOUS. So funny and if you like David Sedaris, you should love this one. FUNNY stuff.

Feb 03, 2016

I have read the book "Magical Thinking" and I have came to find this book very cringe worthy as well. I am only half way through it (well 100 pages to go) and it is so well written just like other books. This author is a horrible man with his twisted ways (not to be rude to him) but this book made me cringe a lot and made me think of how bland my life is compared to his which is full of snooping, drugs, alcohol, and lots more... not that I would want to live a life like that... but my life is boring and could never be put into a book like his, he captures daily things and his thoughts and words makes the ordinary seem extraordinary. I love this book, when I have the money I may just buy a copy of all of the books this man has written thus far in his life. I find this book funny and well written.

Jul 09, 2014

the author is funny in a sarcastic sort of way, but I got tired of his anecdotes. First world problems.

Aug 08, 2011

If I had to pick I would say Possible Side Effects was my least favorite Augusten Burroughs book. It's still somewhat sad and funny at the same time. I found myself laughing out loud on the train a few times. The author is a great storyteller and has had some experiences worth sharing (others you wish you didn't know).

Before reading this, or any other Burroughs book, read Running With Scissors first. It helps to have the background story to this man's strange life.


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