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Dry: A Memoir

Augusten Burroughs

“Dry: A Memoir” is a darkly humorous and sobering account of the author’s journey from addiction to sobriety. Set against the backdrop of the advertising industry, the memoir delves into the destructive world of alcoholism and emotional trauma. Burroughs, a New York advertising copywriter, grapples with hypocrisy, artifice, and stress while relying on alcohol as a coping mechanism. His reluctant decision to enter rehab at the Proud Institute in Minnesota, a recovery clinic catering to a gay clientele, becomes a pivotal moment in his struggle. Despite some “imaginative re-creation,” “Dry” offers a powerful glimpse into one man’s triumph over addiction and the complexities of recovery.

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