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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Augusten Burroughs isn’t afraid of ugliness. With his memoirs Running with Scissors and Dry, the author wrote honestly, wittily, and powerfully about his harrowing youth and crushing alcoholism. Now, he turns his eagle eye on his failed love affairs. Lust & Wonder is jagged, messy, and searching, like a diary penned by someone compelled to excavate the truth even when it shows him to be a neurotic mess. Burroughs’ candor is a gift—it reassures us that we’re not the only ones muddling through, yearning for true connections even as we build impenetrable walls.
Over the past decade and a half, Burroughs has established himself as a leading figure in a realm that blends elements of memoir and autobiography with a variety of other literary genres. He also maintains a solid track record for performing the audio editions of his own works in a straightforward conversational manner that engages the listener as a confidante and coconspirator. Burroughs's latest explores the less-than-rosy aspects of literary success and the pitfalls of settling into a long-term relationship lacking passion and spontaneity. He hasn't lost his edge, displaying a distinct ability to use changes in pitch and tone to convey shifting emotional perspective. Burroughs switches back and forth between deadpan monotone and raging histrionics as events unfold. Some of the cathartic moments of the narrative shine more than the others in the audio edition, especially when formerly hard-partying Burroughs finds himself becoming addicted to buying jewelry on the Internet. Fans of Burroughs will not be disappointed. A St. Martin's hardcover.
I have always felt so connected to this author and this is no exception. Such a great read.
Full of it
I liked running with scissors, then didn't care for magical thinking, and I care even less for lust & wonder. This is basically a day to day journal entry about the little things he does here and there - over the course of a few relationships. In the end, we know he has money, buys expensive jewels and is friends with piper and red from OITNB. Ugh
Masterpiece of descriptive ingenuity
Once again, yet seemingly better each time, Augusten captivates through his illustrative voice—a familiar yet provocative, easy page-turner.