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Possible Side Effects

By Augusten Burroughs

Possible Side Effects
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  • Published in USA  May 2006,
    304 pages.

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Doll collecting. The Tooth Fairy. Incontinent dogs. eBay addiction. Hot cardiologists. Available locksmiths. Lesbian personal ads. Junior Mints. Blind dates. Nicorette gum. Coffins (as bookcases). Grandmothers. Dry skin. College t-shirts. Santa Claus. Enforcing traffic laws. Julia Child. Possible Side Effects explores the concept of cause and effect. It is a cautionary tale in essay form. Be forewarned and read the label: hilarious, troubling, and shocking results might occur.

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"His self-involvement can get claustrophobic, but when he steps outside his head no one is funnier or more perceptive." - PW.
"This collection of short pieces is a delightful, enjoyable, and often humorous take on everything from the author's Nicorette Gum addiction to discovering what the tooth fairy really meant as a child." - Library Journal.
"Wears a little thin by the end, but still no mean effort. Sometimes, a genuine laugh or 20 is enough." - Kirkus.

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Augusten Burroughs Author Biography

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Augusten Burroughs is the author of Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking: True Stories, Possible Side Effects, A Wolf at the Table and You Better Not Cry. Burroughs's writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world including The New York Times and New York Magazine. He resides in New York City and Western Massachusetts.

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