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Augusten Burroughs's second memoir, the sequel to "Running With Scissors," chronicles his struggle with alcoholism and with the impending death of his HIV-positive friend Pighead. Augusten is forced into rehab by the advertising company he works for after his alcoholism begins to interfere with his job. After he gets out of rehab he is clean for awhile, but Pighead's illness and an unwise relationship with a crackhead from group therapy make it very hard for Augusten to stay dry. He falls off the wagon after Pighead's death and it takes a message from beyond the grave to get him back.
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Plot & Themes

Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   alcohol Pal/friendship story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+ Loss of loved one?    -   Yes Which loved one?    -   Close platonic friend

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   wealthy Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   male homosexuality    -   rape/molest Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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