Lust & Wonder: A Memoir

Lust & Wonder: A Memoir

Augusten Burroughs

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 0312342039

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The instant New York Times bestseller

Lust: 1. intense sexual desire or appetite
2.a passionate or overmastering desire or craving
3.ardent enthusiasm; zest; relish.

Wonder: 1. something strange and surprising; a cause of surprise, astonishment,or admiration
2. the emotion excited by what is strange and surprising; a feeling of surprised or puzzled interest, sometimes tinged with admiration
3. a miraculous deed or event; remarkable phenomenon

From the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an intimate look at the driving forces in one man’s life.

With Augusten's unique and singular observations and his own unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous, Lust and Wonder is a hilariously frank memoir that his legions of fans have been waiting for. His story began in Running with Scissors, endured through Dry, and continues with this memoir, the capstone to the life of Augusten Burroughs.

Funny, sweet, alarming, and ultimately, moving and tender, Lust & Wonder is an experience of a book that will resonate with anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.

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was I was trying to control.” “So, what was this fourth affair?” he asked. I leaned back against the brown leather and looked at him with importance. “It was the fourth affair that told me everything,” I said. Dr. Schwartz leaned so far forward he was in real danger of tipping his chair off balance and tumbling onto the carpet. “And why is that?” “Because the fourth affair was with George,” I admitted. “Who’s George?” Dr. Schwartz asked, puzzled. He began riffling through his notes. “I don’t

out the window and look directly into my bedroom. The other thing I learned was that he had a “roommate,” which made no sense to me because he was an investment banker and thus shouldn’t need a roommate. This was actually the last thing he told me on our date after he handed me his phone number: “And if somebody else answers, don’t worry; it’s just my roommate.” As I walked away, I actually considered tossing the number into the trash because, roommate, my ass. But then? It spooked me that he

As promised, he messengered the contract, and I spent at least twenty minutes holding it up to the light to admire the printed text, the texture of the fine linen paper, the logo at the top under which was printed “Literary Rights Management.” How was this even possible? If I had an agent, that meant I had to be an actual, real writer. Along with the contract, he had enclosed a note. “I’ll mark up your Sellevision manuscript with the changes and get that over to you within the next couple of

insane? Because I could not recall ever being among a group of such seemingly dead living people before. They were entirely joyless. Except for Stevie, who spoke in a kind of unwittingly comical gay slang. “So I told her, ‘Girl, you ain’t right!’” Sam and Paula weren’t married but had been together long enough that people assumed they were. They also bickered in hushed tones so frequently it was natural to assume they were not only married but headed for divorce. “No, Sam, I said the pepper,

three dressers, two eight-foot cabinets filled with rare books, mineral specimens, and other assorted curiosities, along with a bench detailed with carved swan necks. The windows had large, old farmhouse shutters with peeling green paint. I bought them on eBay for an astonishingly low price; they were so authentic they looked entirely fake, faux finished to appear “rustic chic.” Our neighbors in the high-rise across the street, on the other hand, had beige sectional sofas across from

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