Augusten Burroughs’ new book gives advice on how to survive your past

Jun 6, 2012

“This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike” by Augusten Burroughs Credit: St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan

If you’ve read any of Augusten Burroughs’ books – especially “Running with Scissors,” his debut – you know that the author did not have a pleasant or easy childhood. Some would even use the word “traumatic.”

It makes sense that after six memoirs, Burroughs’ next offering, “This Is How,” veers in the direction of a self-help text (without losing Burroughs’ voice, of course). In Burroughs’ words, to survive difficulty – to overcome one’s past – one must create “a larger life. Something that can successfully compete with your past.” Our past does not haunt us; we haunt it, and the only way to stop doing so is to find a way to occupy oneself (happily) in the present.

Tune in today to hear Patt talk with Burroughs about his experiences, as well as to ask him questions about how to apply his advice to your life.


Augusten Burroughs, #1 New York Times best-selling author

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