Sunday, January 31, 2016

Review: Lust and Wonder

Lust & Wonder

Lust and Wonder
A Memoir
Augusten Burroughs

This memoir by best selling author of Sellevision, Running with Scissors and Dry is a look at his search over the years for love, although not always in the right places or with the right people. It's witty, funny and sometimes sad and tragic. I'm not sure how many people would be able to bare their soul on paper as much as this and make it entertaining, but Burroughs excels at this. In fact, I couldn't help but feel that I was sitting at a dinner table just listening to the author narrating his life story. It's honest, sometimes brutally so, and always well observed and insightful.

I can readily picture the characters from his life, especially Dennis, the long term boyfriend, who wants to catalog his dislikes in letter form as he can't bring himself to discuss them face to face, after Burroughs questions his love. The marriage therapist who declined to counsel the couple after just one visit, but who couldn't bring herself to notify the couple personally. Instead she sends word via the physician who recommended her. Burroughs has a way of making you feel for his friends and lovers even when they don't always show their best sides.

Eventually he does find what he's looking for, which makes the end of the book lighter, even if the author continues to imagine a world of worst case scenarios. Overall, this was an enjoyable book that I wasn't able to put down.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press for supplying the advance readers copy.

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