But when the ordinary person had to drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. From the bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Drythe hilarious, moving, and no less bizarre account of what happened next. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan lifeand live it sober. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a higher power..

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June There was a time when the art of memoir-writing was generally relegated to the rich, famous and powerful. Not so nowadays, when complete unknowns if their tales of dysfunction or triumph over challenges are resonant enough get published fairly readily. Dry finds the author in his mids and carving out a high-paying career in New York advertising.

After mounting episodes of personal irresponsibility force his colleagues to hold an in-office intervention, he is whisked away to the Proud Institute in Duluth, Minnesota, where he undergoes a recovery regimen tailored to the needs of homosexuals. Burroughs completes the program and returns to the Big Apple, sober but cautious. He reclaims his job and attends AA meetings with the appropriate enthusiasm. Alas, he also meets a fellow recovering addict named Foster, who entices him back into addictive behavior.

But once again, he dedicates himself to getting straight, armed with hard-won knowledge. You want it. You hang out with a bunch of other crazy people who feel the same way and you live with it. And eventually, you start to sound like a cloying self-help book, like me.

Martin Brady is a freelance writer in Nashville.


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Publisher St. Sobering in more ways than one, Dry finds Burroughs trading some of his tragicomic outrageousness for a more probing and introspective look into his battered psyche, though one still rife with grim humor and precipitous falls from grace. When his employers force him into rehab, Burroughs heads for a day stint at the Proud Institute in Minnesota, which caters to gays and lesbians, prompting dreams of an alcohol-free bacchanalia with other hardbodied lushes on the mend. Yet the longer he stays, the more Burroughs responds to conventional treatment and confronts his frightening disease head-on, which leads to some honest and heartbreaking revelations about his self-destructive nature. Once he returns to more therapy and daily AA meetings, his fragile hold on sobriety meets with stiffer challenges, including a close friend succumbing to HIV and an ill-advised fling with a former crack addict from his therapy group. Where less-committed alcoholics on the mend may get by on a pot of coffee or a cold splash of water, Dry views recovery as a second career, with the days and months and years of hard work subject to instant demotion. Share This Story.


DRY: A Memoir



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