Lust & Wonder: A Memoir with Augusten Burroughs

Lust & Wonder: A Memoir with Augusten Burroughs

Reading & Book-Signing

Presented by The Book Cellar 

Tickets are $28 and include a copy of LUST & WONDER

Fifteen years ago, an unknown writer named Augusten Burroughs completely redefined the modern memoir. Running With Scissors—the hilarious, horrifying and life-affirming account of his amazingly turbulent childhood—became a publishing phenomenon spending four consecutive years on the New York Times bestseller list, almost two of which spent in the #1 position. 

Burroughs followed his breakout with Dry, a searing, accomplished memoir of his recovery from alcoholism. It went on to sell over half a million copies and earn tremendous critical praise.  Lev Grossman raved, “If anything, Dry is even more compelling than Burroughs' first outing,” and Janet Maslin agreed, “Mr. Burroughs remains adept at mixing comedy and calamity.”

Now comes LUST & WONDER (St. Martin’s Griffin), the bookfans have been waiting for. Picking up where Dry left off, Burroughs chronicles the development and demise of different relationships he's had while living in New York City with his signature wit, candor, and unique observations.

Augusten reflects on three major relationships: Mitch, a famous author Augusten dates fresh out of rehab; Dennis, his life and business partner of ten years; and Christopher, his literary agent and now husband. Along the way, he describes the jubilation of selling his first novel to St. Martin’s Press (for a promising $7,500), the story behind his decision to write a memoir, experimenting with Adderall, and nearly going bankrupt buying precious stones on the internet.

With ruthless honestly and a wry and often hilarious use of detail, Burroughs shows us his heart in LUST & WONDER. He examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out. 

Technical Information

Run Time: 90 mins