You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas
You’ve eaten too much candy at Christmas…but have you ever eaten the face off a six-footstuffed Santa? You’ve seen gingerbread houses…but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You’ve woken up with a hangover…but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs... show more
You’ve eaten too much candy at Christmas…but have you ever eaten the face off a six-footstuffed Santa? You’ve seen gingerbread houses…but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You’ve woken up with a hangover…but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs has, and in this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant, and moving collection he recounts Christmases past and present—as only he could. With gimleteyed wit and illuminated prose, Augusten shows how the holidays bring out the worst in us and sometimes, just sometimes, the very, very best.
Publish date: October 27th 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 206
Edition language: English
, Biography Memoir
, Short Stories
I say 3.75 stars the first three stories of his childhood past Christmas had me laughing out loud to myself. Biting a plastic Santa's lips off, and the things his parents got him for Christmas.Claus and Effect takes a turn into the more heart warming moments in his past Christmas times. Although Si...
It was dragging, but then on page 167 it felt like he'd punched me in the gut. Had me blinking away the tears.
Interesting to read as a companion to David Sedaris's Holidays on Ice. Where Sedaris's Christmas tales are absurd but restrained, Burroughs provides the more warped and damaged end of the spectrum (in the last piece, the warpage is literal). Some reviewers don't like Burroughs's sudden transition fr...
I liked this book, but didn't love it. Unusual for me when it comes to Augusten Burroughs. The book is comprised of vignettes about the author's various Xmas experiences. I was not able to accept the one childhood story. It felt too manufactured, too precious. The rest of the book worked better. Unf...
I thought I was going to hate this book and when I started it was even unsure why I was reading it except that it was in my library's new release section. I actually really liked this book. It was twisted, but not in a creepy way. More in a cynical Christmas way. I guess the old saying "Don't judge ...