We discuss Augusten Burroughs’ Dry: A Memoir. We talk about using humor in addiction writing, how men talk about addiction vs. women talk about addiction, the concept of a “dry drunk,” how hard it must have been to go into recovery before the internet, and more.
About Dry: A Memoir
Pair it with: Seltzer + lime
What to expect: A hilarious, heartbreaking tale of recovery after rehab by one of the best in the memoir biz
“You may not know it, but you’ve met Augusten Burroughs. You’ve seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary.
But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn’t really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers.
But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and that’s when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life―and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that’s as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.”
— Dry: A Memoir