Thank You to St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced copy of Augusten Burroughs' Lust & Wonder, in exchange for an honest review.
PLOT- In his latest memoir, Lust & Wonder, Augusten Burroughs examines the major romantic relationships in his adult life.
LIKE- I've been a long time fan of Burroughs' writing and I've read all of his books. He releases it and I'm going to read it. It's that simple. Lust & Wonder is filled with Burroughs' unique wit and keen observations. What I find most appealing about Burroughs, is his willingness to lay himself bare. His flaws and quirks make him compelling. He's not afraid to admit his short comings and neurotic tendencies. There are plenty.
In Lust & Wonder, he examines his relationships in a detailed way that most people would likely want to avoid. Who wants to dredge up the past? However, as Burroughs looks at his past, it will inevitably make the reader think of their own. The insights are often uncomfortable ( and I don't even know the parties involved!), but they will be familiar to many readers. I know that I've dated some frogs or even nice guys, but who were completely wrong for me. Burroughs seems to experience every different type of heartbreak. Including heartbreak in the form of a lover who died prematurely, and the heartbreak of spending years suppressing feelings for the love who is a perfect match.
Besides relationships, Burroughs gives us a glimpse into his writing career and his addiction issues. I was shocked that he spent a majority of his book advances on his obsession with rare gemstones and expensive jewelry. I enjoyed every element of this memoir.
DISLIKE- Nothing...I'm a Burroughs fan. Lust & Wonder ranks among his best.
RECOMMEND- Lust & Wonder is a journey that isn't to be missed.