This Is How

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Press: MacMillan Audio (May 8, 2012)
Author Name:Burroughs, Augusten; Burroughs, Augusten;


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 aupposed to survive this?


“Burroughs's voice is persuasive and humble, and he sounds like he genuinely wants to give good advice.” ―AudioFile Magazine

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About the Author

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. 
He lives in Manhattan.

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  •     Fast delivery. Book in new condition. Great price. Do not agree with all the advice but, great food for thought.
  •     Wise advice from one who's suffered, simply amazing.I don't agree 100 percent with everything, like his criticisms of AA, which I believe in based on what I've read and been told by those I respect. But then he's the alcoholic who's been there, not me, and this is a book of personal truths. So maybe I ought to give it five stars. But there's the AA stuff that while personally true for him feels kind of irresponsible too. That's the book's memoiristic aspect, for better and possibly in this instance for worse.A five-star book in this genre is Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth, and Burrough's advice about letting go of the past is the same. Everyone kind of says the same thing over and over. So why the need for more? Because we need to keep hearing it. And because the way someone says something might be finally the way you need to hear it to finally get it. Maybe Tolle prepared me to know that Burroughs is right, as did my failing to change to the depth that Tolle says is possible. Burroughs' advice and precepts may seem more doable to me because they don't come from a glowing saint but from someone who fell repeatedly and who is still flawed, damaged, sad, maybe feels a bit broken himself.This is How is Uncle Augusten's gift to the world. For instance, here he is on loss:"As it happens, we human beings are able to live just fine with many holes of many sizes and shapes."And pleasure, love, compassion, fulfillment--these things do not leak out of holes of any size."So we can be filled with holes and loss and wide expanses of unhealed geography--and we can also be excited by life and in love and content at the exact same moment."Though there will always be days, like the weather, when the loss returns fresh and full and we will reside within it once again, for a while."Loss creates a greater overall surface area within a person. You expand as a result of it."I sat right up, reading it, very quiet, intent and amazed. A gifted writer's blazing truths will do that to you.
  •     I feel myself recommending this book more and more. Even in my every day I think back to this book. There are parts of it that stick with me that actually do help.
  •     Great transaction. Very happy with item.
  •     Augusten Burroughs wrote a great, honest, truth-you-don't-want-to-hear book in this one. It really struck me personally and I've gone back to read some sections and paragraphs...
  •     Least favorite Burroughs book (I'm a huge fan) though there are of course still some funny parts and decent advice.
  •     For me it is great advice. I have much experience with typical therapy and already know the ropes. This Is How, really gets right to the nitty gritty , with absolutely no B.S.Having been a huge fan of his other books , and loving his irreverent humor, I was not expecting this straight forward no nonsense advice.It is not always easy to hear the truth but I give advice to people who ask for it, I feel it is a disservice to them to sugar coat things. This book is like that.If you would rather someone hold your hand and pat you on the back while you enjoy feeling sorry for yourself, you not care for the advice.I myself may not always want to hear that I am capable , and should, do what I know I need to do..I do not want to make it sound like he is being brutally truthful. There is still some tasteful humor, but the better thing to point out is he is gentle with you as he explains how to recognize dysfunctional things you may be allowing in your life and not even realize it.It feels like a sensible manual for life. For example he talks about common phrases such as I just want to be happy.But points out things ways in which we tend to keep grasping at things , thinking that will make the happiness come while all the while we seem to have blinders on and don't even have a good idea of what happy is to us.I am paraphrasing all the that. It is simple , helpful , direct advice and in a very easy to digest format.
  •     This is the best self-help audio book I have listened to! I like listening to some self-help books because sometimes I need a boost and I feel like I learn about others as well...
  •     I've never read anything that resonated such a profound and obvious truth than Burroughs expels in this unexpected come to Jesus kind of moment...throughout the entire book.
  •     This is definitely a great read. It has helped me understand many things and to take a different look and approach to things going on in my life as well to understand things in...
  •     Judging by the slightly whimsical cover of this book and having read a couple of Augusten Burroughs' previous memoirs, I was expecting a darkly humorous skewering of the self-help movement and the state of psychiatry today. Burroughs has had a difficult life and has extensive experience with all sorts of social and mental health issues, as well as a lot of time spent with at least one psychiatrist, so I really thought it would be savagely funny.Wrong! This is actually an honest-to-goodness self-help book. Sure, it might seem to be coming from a somewhat twisted perspective, and flies in the face of a lot of standard tropes of self-help, but Mr. Burroughs has written a serious and probing book about improving one's mental life and dealing with all sorts of issues, from addiction to grief. Each chapter discusses a different topic, and though the chapter headings might point to humor ("How to Fail," "How to End Your Life"), Burroughs has really thought through what he wants to say and lays it out in a mostly straightforward, honest way.I think that some people will take issue with some of Burroughs' unconventional thoughts on certain issues like AA (he's got problems with it) and using affirmations (against it). He points out the mistakes that people make when thinking about their problems and offers solutions that worked for him. He uses examples from his own life to illustrate his points, instead of the cheery composite characters that most self-help books come up with. I loved that he writes in a straightforward manner and doesn't use ridiculous "systems" (follow the BrightThought principle!) or bullet points to cheerlead you on. It's refreshing to read a more realistic view of the world.The prose does seem a little dry to me, especially when I was expecting something more humorous or flippant, but it's definitely more readable than the standard self-help book. I didn't agree with everything he said and take it all with a grain of salt, but I think this book holds up as well as anything else written by a psychologist or psychiatrist. It could be helpful for a person who struggles with their problems yet hasn't found a solution in the typical self-help book, a person who doesn't want to try to force themselves to be cheerful all the time or follow prescribed notions of how to be "happy."I read a pre-publication copy, so I'm hoping that it isn't marketed as humor or memoir because I think people will get the wrong impression. I liked the front cover (it has a little blurry mirror embedded in it and a kind of old-fashioned hucksterish typestyle), but it also gives the impression that it's going to be humor. Frankly, I was a little disappointed and don't think it's his best work, but it seems like it was something that he really needed to write and he genuinely seems to want to help others with his advice.
  •     I read this -- or half of it -- when it first came out and I hated it. I'm a big fan of Borroughs' nonfiction, but here he comes off flippant, smug, and occasionally cruel.

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