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You Better Not Cry

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You Better Not Cry | You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs

You Better Not Cry

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Augusten Burroughs
St. Martin's Press
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it a B+

The Christmas season is all about hanging decorations, eating elaborate feasts, and spending time with family. Or, in Augusten Burroughs’ case, manipulating his parents into buying him things, drinking himself unconscious, and having a one-night stand with a senior Santa Claus. In You Better Not Cry, a collection of autobiographical vignettes, the Running With Scissors author unleashes his dark wit on holiday memories. ”And Two Eyes Made Out of Coal” recounts his inability to bake a normal gingerbread house: ”It looked nonresidential…. It was almost like I had baked a scene from the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” Exaggerated? Oh, probably. But the book is still a welcome antidote to standard holiday treacle. B+

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