A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father

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By (author) Augusten Burroughs, Performed by Patti Smith, Performed by Sea Wolf, Performed by Ingrid Michaelson, Performed by Tegan Quin, Read by Augusten Burroughs

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 18mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312428278
  • ISBN 13: 9780312428273
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Picador.
  • Sales rank: 266,760

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Nominated for the 2009 Audiobook of the Year"As a little boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods where there was a dead body. He buried it and told me I must never tell. It was the only thing we'd ever done together as father and son, and I promised not to tell. But unlike most dreams, the memory of this one never left me. And sometimes...I wasn't altogether sure about one thing: was it just a dream?"""When Augusten Burroughs was small, his father was a shadowy presence in his life: a form on the stairs, a cough from the basement, a silent figure smoking a cigarette in the dark. As Augusten grew older, something sinister within his father began to unfurl. Something dark and secretive that could not be named. Betrayal after shocking betrayal ensued, and Augusten's childhood was over. The kind of father he wanted didn't exist for him. This father was distant, aloof, uninterested...And then the "games" began. With "A Wolf at the Table, " Augusten Burroughs makes a quantum leap into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son. Told with scorching honesty and penetrating insight, it is a story for anyone who has ever longed for unconditional love from a parent. Though harrowing and brutal, "A Wolf at the Table" will ultimately leave you buoyed with the profound joy of simply being alive. It's a memoir of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.

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Augusten Burroughs is the "New York Times "bestselling author of "Possible Side Effects, Magical ""Thinking," "Dry," "Running with Scissors," and "Sellevision." His work has been published in more than twenty-five countries. He lives in New York City and Amherst, Massachusetts.

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By Samantha 27 Mar 2013 4

This is the first book I read by Augusten Burroughs. I found it to be an enjoyable read because the author was so brutally honest. He didn't hold anything back and shares his emotions with you in great detail. Burroughs has survived a nightmare of a childhood. He brings a whole new meaning to a "dysfunctional family".
The book describes mostly the event is the authors childhood. He father was an abusive alcoholic and his mother was emotionally damaged. His father tortured Burroughs and his family in many ways and you get to experience it all through the authors thrilling details.
Augusten Burroughs is a survivor. After everything he was put through he made it out and turned his life around. Most people would be permanently damaged, or stuck in self-pity. But Burroughs is incredibly strong and truly motivating.
Though I do wish Burroughs was so focused on himself. I wish he tried to understand what made his father such a terrible human being and explore those thoughts in his writing. Burroughs was so caught up with himself that there was no room for the other people in his life to be analyzed.

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"Intense, sincere, and passionate, Burroughs offers a deeply felt, intimate portrait of the most disastrous period in his life. He holds nothing back, and in fully giving voice to his emotions, he makes each moment immediate for the listener." - "AudioFile""" "In audiobook form, Burroughs's memoir is an unforgettable experience that will resonate with many." - "Library Journal," Starred Review ..".There are books that were born for bells and whistles, and Augusten Burrough's "Wolf at the Table "is one. This fifth memoir of abuse and excess is read, bleated, rumbled and, at times, tearfully shouted by the author himself. The audio book includes sound effects and occasional instrumental music, and it breaks new ground by presenting four songs written expressly for the productions. There is one each from Patti Smith, Ingrid Michaelson, Sea Wolf and Tegan Quin." - "Washington Post""" "I felt that because this book is different than anything I have written before, it deserved a very unique, special treatment and production.""--"Augusten Burroughs on "A Wolf at the Table" "I wanted an audiobook for the iPod generation - for people who love books but also love music and film. I wanted to bring the book to life as fully as possible.""--"Augusten Burroughs on "A Wolf at the Table" in "Publishers Weekly""Bestselling author Burroughs has written a brutally frank memoir about his father - his difficult, distant, miserable father - which he reads himself, effectively. Original music by Patti Smith, Sea Wolf, Ingrid Michaelson and Tegan Quin - composed for this audiobook - graces the final CD." - "Canada.com" Past Praise for Augusten Burroughs: "A flawless audio adaptation of his alternately riotous and heartbreaking memoir." --Publishers Weekly on Running with Scissors "[Burroughs's] performance blends self-deprecating black humor with wise-cracking confidence. His natural (or hard-learned) wit and charm keep the listener rooting for his s