This is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t by Augusten Burroughs

This Is HowThis is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t
Augusten Burroughs
Picador Paperback
Publication Date: April 23, 2013

For review copies (US and Canada only) or to schedule an interview with Augusten Burroughs, please email gabrielle.gantz [at]


“The last self-help book you’ll ever read.”—The Huffington Post

“This darkly funny self-help tract is like a mental tickle attack.”—Self

“All of the wisdom [Burroughs] dispenses in his new book — delivered with the dark, acidic humor we’ve come to expect — is certainly well-earned….Though the book offers no quick fixes — and refreshingly so — Burroughs provides a hefty cache of raw material for self-betterment….the author is a memorable guide on the road from darkness to light.”—The Boston Globe

“Most sections straddle the line between supportive empowerment and tough love and are written with the author’s characteristic dark humor, which consistently entertains and, as the pages turn, earnestly educates.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Hilarious and searingly straight forward…Burroughs turns the self-help genre upside-down.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

If you’re fat and fail every diet, if you’re thin but can’t get thin enough, if you lose your job, if your child dies, if you are diagnosed with cancer, if you always end up with exactly the wrong kind of person, if you always end up alone, if you can’t get over the past, if your parents are insane and ruining your life, if you really and truly wish you were dead, if you feel like it’s your destiny to be a star, if you believe life has a grudge against you, if you don’t want to have sex with your spouse and don’t know why, if you feel so ashamed, if you’re lost in life. If you have ever wondered, how am I supposed to survive this? THIS IS HOW: Surviving What You Think You Can’t (Picador / On Sale: April 23, 2013 / ISBN: 978-1-250-03210-2 / $15.00) is a groundbreaking book by Augusten Burroughs that explores how to survive what you think you can’t.

In an interview Augusten can discuss:
• Why aphorisms are unhelpful
• Why putting your best foot forward hinders your chances of finding a suitable partner
• How to break obsessions
• Why he is qualified to write a self-help book
• Why you can learn more from failure than success
• Why suicide is a sign of hope
• Why true understanding of the past is never attainable
• The dangers of long-term therapy
• The problem with Alcoholics Anonymous
• Why preparing for someone’s death is impossible and what can be done instead

AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Wolf at the Table, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking, Dry, Running with Scissors, and Sellevision.

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