31 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs

My book club always chooses a Christmas themed book for December. It’s what we do. We’ve read everything from warm and heartwarming books like Christmas Jars to the weird and raunchy like Holiday with a Vampire. Someone chose to read this book this year and I was excited as I’m a big Burroughs fan.

This book is, of course, Christmas themed. More importantly, it doesn’t disappoint from his previous work. There’s the complete laugh-out-loud pee-your-pants stories. But there’s also a lot of introspective and real-life stories that show a side of Augusten that warms my heart.

This was actually my second favorite book from this author, my favorite being Dry. Both because of how he opens his heart and life to the readers but also because he truly knows how to make me laugh. His humor is not for everyone (a few of members disliked it – a lot), it’s very wry and more than a little dark.

The stories all wonderful in their own way.

Highly recommended for fans of humorous memoirs or those that can “get” that humor that is Augusten Burroughs.

You’ve eaten too much candy at Christmas…but have you ever eaten the face off a six-footstuffed 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.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2011: 65

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