This Is How

This Is How

Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More-- for Young and Old Alike

Book - 2012
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StephanieOne Jun 28, 2019

I usually love Augusten's books, so I was so excited to pick this one up. It's very much his usual style, but for some reason I just could not get into it. I tried to force myself through, tried flipping through some chapters, but just could not full get into it. Don't get me wrong, it's well written, witty, and in a manner that makes it seem like he's your friend just telling it like it is instead of an author writing this to thousands of people at once. His advice just did not seem to really make much sense to me, for some reason.

ArapahoeRachel Oct 27, 2017

This book was not made for everyone. Personally, I loved the author's flagrant use of "truth" and "lies". The brutal honesty throughout may appear condescending to some, but it spoke to my sensibilities.

ArapahoeElena Mar 13, 2017

A self-help book like only Augusten Burroughs could write- funny, dry, self-depricating and at the same time self-aggrandizing, and still oddly touching. The author's voice comes through clearly and he does offer some thought provoking advice. A nice commentary on the genre without being overly critical.

squib Feb 01, 2017

a guide to subverting our common tropes dealing with the deep questions that plague us all. this is a thing of beauty, and undermines much of the harmful material that subverts us under the guise of self-help

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Amber L Moreno
Sep 09, 2015

This book has kind of a mild beginning. After a few pages of standard self-help, Augusten Burroughs starts laying down serious advice. Witty, inventive and stupid-simple, this book brought me to tears. An uplifting and inspirational life manual for the modern human.

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EdS_3
Jul 30, 2015

Down to earth and rough. Great descriptions of how things are. He writes as a true gay man, which I am not, but he writes truth and core feelings. Fresh and much appreciated.

Cynthia_N Jan 07, 2015

Fantastic book! Burroughs shares his philosophy of how he believes people should handle some of the tough stuff that we all might have to deal with in our lives. I don't necessarily agree with everything in the book but its a great resource/read for someone who tends to hold onto the troubles life throws their way.

AshRichards Apr 15, 2013

Straight forward and it assists you if you are currently struggling through something (I was); however, if you are reading for curiousity sake, it may be a bit repetitious.

mrmervis Mar 14, 2013

Light but direct talk about several deep subjects. Strangely uplifting.

glynis2 Mar 08, 2013

Really good, straightforward advice. It seems so obvious after you read the book. Some of the early chapters can be a little boring if it's about a problem you don't struggle with, but you can always skip those or skim through really fast. The nice thing is that each chapter is pretty short, so it's a quick and easy read, unless you're stopping to ponder the advice (which I did occasionally) The chapters near the end are really good and insightful, about dealing with illness and death. I learned a lot about myself and how I deal with things from this book.

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Jennmro
Jan 19, 2013

This is the first book of Augusten's I've read, and I was hopeful! My hopes were dashed, and the more of this book I read, the more I felt like weeping for the loss of life the trees suffered in the making of this book. I'll admit that this is the first in the genre of self help that I've read, but I still can't help but think that this book is plain awful. Onward to a better book, as any other I pick up is sure to be.

WendyLibrarian Nov 15, 2012

Great, straightforward advice for life.

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soucyjet
Oct 09, 2012

Started out slowly and I wasn't sure I would bother to finish it, but the final chapters about coping with serious illness and death made it worth the read. Very illuminating. However, not typical Augusten Burroughs, if that's what you're looking for.

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castrilla
Sep 14, 2012

The author of this book needs his own self-help chapter: 'How to state your opinion or stress your point without using excessive unnecessary vulgar language.' I would not recommend this to those that are sensitive to swear words.

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kerry3095
Jul 24, 2012

I've just started reading this book but already I'm hooked! (I have smuggled it into work today and plan to bunk off later this morning for a coffee and a read... shhhh)

Augusten Burroughs has a irreverance, wit and frankness that I just love. And I find his writing style really enjoyable to read.

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Stella04
Jul 10, 2012

I couldn't put it down. He dares to say the things no one else seems to have the courage to say so plainly. It is full of 'ahas' and phrases that I read multiple times just to savor the thought.

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mstockwe
Jun 23, 2012

I absolutely loved this book! He offers a fabulously honest perspective on a variety of issues. A very refreshing take on issues that are typically covered in self-help books. This one may actually help people!

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telger
Jun 01, 2012

This book is interesting- the author's perspective can be wild but I cannot help but keep on reading. I also like his honest & truthful view and sometimes weird take on stuff but I really like it and I dont know why!


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