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Neither his mother nor any member of the Finch family is bothered by their relationship. An office visit includes a tour and description of his Masturbatorium that patients are invited to use So, Hope sets up camp in the basement, sleeping next to a laundry basket under which the cat is trapped.

She is angry and boisterous, but seems much more sound than her mother or Hope Dr. Burroughs offers a book that is supposedly a memoir.

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His parents are not at all happy: Did both of us get burned with cigarettes? I read other accounts of folks involved with the real life Dr. Mar 16, Ellen rated it it was ok Shelves: This book was hilarious and horrifying, at once raucous and deeply disturbing. Though the family in Burroughs’ book is named “the Finches,” the lawsuit claims they are easily identified as the Turcottes, and that Burroughs identified them in interviews.


Well I suppose there is a way to write it that way, but this is written with a tinge of bitterness. I’m still not sure I believe that.

Burroughs is xcissors good author, but this book made me sick to my stomach. This is not your mother’s kind of book, you’ve got to be young and hip and open-minded to appreciate it.


Augusten begins writing in his journal, at times up to four hours a day. While on their walk they decide to venture behind a waterfall. I am fixated on the dryer. I’ve got better things to read than pity parties, thanks.

Rodolph Turcotte, a psychiatrist. His mother’s friend Lydia, for example, wears high heels and augusfen white bikini, and sits by her pool, “smoking menthol cigarettes and talking on her auugusten Princess telephone”.

Did he milk his own story, overexaggerating it? The Finch household is feeling the pressure of a ten year old tax bill. Again, it’s not clear to me if this is more memoir than novel, but I don’t think there can be any doubt that Augusten Burroughs knows how to write.


She is walking through the kitchen…

Finch he goes to a mental ward for two weeks. She arrives, and Deirdre shows her a box filled with Locust husks which frightens her. Return to Book Page.

In preparing for a yard sale, the Finches decide that they like being outdoors with their furniture, so they essentially start living on their lawn. To view it, click here. It shows potential in some parts, where the author puts down the 2×4 he was using to beat you over the head with and just tells a story.


I was wary because it seemed like something Sedaris would write, and I really hate Sedaris. He has figured out how to more or less get away with skipping, and agrees with Dr.

This book confused the heck out of me and I simply could not get past the pedophilia. Mother and Aunt Mary had a contentious relationship bufroughs the time Mother scussors Daddy until the evening Aunt Mary called her not long after my visit.

View all 3 comments. I can’t read Dry right now, however.