Lust & Wonder: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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Augusten Burroughs is back in the game with a book that might rival Running With Scissors and Dry as one of his best. Lust & Wonder explores Burroughs three of Burroughs’ long-term adult relationships, as his navigates his own sobriety, communication and the “dailiness” of being in a relationship, what it means to be faithful to yourself and a partner, and how we accept our partners most detrimental flaws and endearing traits. Though Burroughs describes homosexual relationships in particular, and what that looks like in New York City, this book will appeal to anyone who loves the sardonic humor of Burroughs’ previous work and anyone who has survived an LTR.

— From Staff Recommendations

April 2016 Indie Next List

“We have read about his crazy childhood, his struggles with alcohol, and his troubled relationships with his father and Christmas. Now, we have Burroughs' take on love and romance, and what a tale it is! This is a love story as only Burroughs can tell it - the wrong lovers, the long-term relationship that turned out to be toxic, and the love that was staring him in the face all along. Roses and moonlight it is not, but the course of true love never does run smooth. I laughed, I cried - just read it!”
— Susan Taylor (M), Market Block Books, Troy, NY


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.

About the Author

AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS is the number one New York Times bestselling author of This is How, A Wolf at the Table, You Better Not Cry, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking, Dry, Running with Scissors, and Sellevision. He lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780312342036
ISBN-10: 0312342039
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: March 29th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English