Quick Book Review: “Lust and Wonder” by Augusten Burroughs

"Lust and Wonder" by Augusten Burroughs

A long time ago, I was told that if I liked David Sedaris (and I do), that I would really like Augusten Burroughs.  Years ago, his book “Running with Scissors” was getting good reviews, so I gave it a try.  I thought it was pretty bad.  I gave him a second shot, with his book “Dry”.  Again, I did not see the appeal.  I know his writing is supposed to be humorous, but it just wasn’t.  Well, I needed a book for an Amtrak ride back to New York, and I spotted a book of his, on sale, for $5.  The synopsis looked interesting, and by all accounts, it was said to be a fun read.  It wasn’t.  His observations aren’t very thought provoking or insightful, and some of his actions are either silly or just plain stupid.  I kept thinking to myself, “This guy is an idiot”, rolling my eyes with every new dumb thing he said or did.  Trust me, this is the last book I’ll ever read by this guy.

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