You Better Not Cry: Book summary and reviews of You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs

You Better Not Cry

Stories for Christmas

by Augusten Burroughs

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You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2009
    224 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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You've eaten too much candy at Christmas…but have you ever eaten the face off a six-foot stuffed Santa? You've seen gingerbread houses…but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You’ve woken up with a hangover…but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs has, and in this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant, and moving collection he recounts Christmases past and present—as only he could. With gimleteyed wit and illuminated prose, Augusten shows how the holidays bring out the worst in us and sometimes, just sometimes, the very, very best.

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"Burroughs's holiday-themed memoir lacks the consistent emotional intensity of his earlier work, despite a few gems." - Publishers Weekly

"The high priest of mortifying disaster serves up a fine selection of cringe-inducing yuletide fiascos....Another winner from a master of comic timing and poignant reflection." - Kirkus Reviews

"Even though some readers may find the writing grotesque and offensive...[t]hose who enjoyed his previous memoirs are likely anticipating this release." - Library Journal

"Exaggerated? Oh, probably. But the book is still a welcome antidote to standard holiday treacle. B+" - Entertainment Weekly

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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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