Saturday, May 26, 2007

I'm on an Augusten Burroughs kick right now. I just finished Running With Scissors yesterday and started Dry right afterwards, I'm about a quarter of the way through. Running was fantastic, I knew I would enjoy it because I had already seen the movie, bad I know but my mom bought it before I had a chance to read it and wanted me to watch it with her. There were some big differences btwn the movie and the book, but nothing too drastic. Anyways, my high school french teacher had reccommended this book to me 4 years ago and I wish I had read it then, before all the hype about it. She has a knack for picking out books that become huge a few years later, she had reccommened A Million Little Pieces to me 4 years ago as well.

I just can't wrap my mind around the fact that these stories are REAL and that Augusten actually lived through them. It's unbelievable. I was looking at his website last night and he had photographs from when he was younger, photographs that Bookman, his 34 yr old boyfriend took of him, it was then that it really hit me that all these people..his parents, the Finches, Bookman, Fern...they're real.
I'm enjoying Dry so far, but not as much as I did Running. He's 25 in this one and on his own. I miss the crazy Finches. I like how in some passages he'll refer back to an incident that happened in Running and sometimes he'll describe something almost exactly the same way he did in Running. I love it when I come upon these parts.
I hope to finish Dry in the next few days and then move on to his other books. I read on his website that his brother has a memoir out now too. I hope to be able to find it somewhere, his brother sounds like an interesting character as well.