It’s safe to say best-selling author Augusten Burroughs, who wrote Running with Scissors, has faced some unusual life experiences. He transformed himself from a former advertising employee grappling with alcoholism to a successful author—and that was just in the second half of his life. It’s no wonder he has a lot to say about coming out on top of life’s difficult situations.

In This is How (out May 8), Burroughs delivers raw advice on everything from “how to be fat” to “how to change the world” in a voice that’s heavy on honesty and light on the hand-holding.

Check out an a exclusive clip of Burrough’s no-nonsense advice below but — fair warning — the profanity is definitely NSFW.

What do you think of his honest style? Are you excited for This is How?

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