Toil & Trouble: A Memoir
  • Toil & Trouble: A Memoir
  • Toil & Trouble: A Memoir
  • Toil & Trouble: A Memoir
ISBN: 1250019958
EAN13: 9781250019950
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 1, 2019
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.25" L x 5.38" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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From the number one New York Times bestselling author comes another stunning memoir that is tender, touching.and just a little spooky.

Here's a partial list of things I don't believe in: God. The Devil. Heaven. Hell. Bigfoot. Ancient Aliens. Past lives. Life after death. Vampires. Zombies. Reiki. Homeopathy. Rolfing. Reflexology. Note that 'witches' and 'witchcraft' are absent from this list. The thing is, I wouldn't believe in them, and I would privately ridicule any idiot who did, except for one thing: I am a witch.

For as long as Augusten Burroughs could remember, he knew things he shouldn't have known. He manifested things that shouldn't have come to pass. And he told exactly no one about this, save one person: his mother. His mother reassured him that it was all perfectly normal, that he was descended from a long line of witches, going back to the days of the early American colonies. And that this family tree was filled with witches. It was a bond that he and his mother shared--until the day she left him in the care of her psychiatrist to be raised in his family (but that's a whole other story). After that, Augusten was on his own. On his own to navigate the world of this tricky power; on his own to either use or misuse this gift.

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   I would read his shopping lists!
This is not a paid book review. I adore this man! He is my best friend in my dreams. I' ve read everything he has published. The witch thing is not the usual thing. I still love this book and his writing. The book is still quintessential Augusten Burroughs. I was a little disappointed when I saw and read about the cool for- press neat packaging other than the book and cover. The design and feel of the book cover is wonderful. It's almost M.C. When you stare at it for a long period of time. It looks as if it is moving. When I am shopping I like to touch everything. The feel of the cover is awesome. I will light a black candle and send Augusten a thank you. 5 stars forever.
   Bragging disguised as magic
The author is so arrogant and boastful that he claims his success in life is due to his mother's magical ability. I thought it would be more Wiccan, but it's just a rant about using the Force to get his girlfriend to buy a house even though he didn't want to leave the city. The use of magic to make your loved ones do what you want is pretty strange. I wouldn't pass it on. Nothing to look at here.
   Eh-when a writer is out of ideas
I have read every single book written by the man, and I loved most of them. When a writer is out of ideas but knows he can sell something with his name on it, this one is what happens. Some of it was entertaining, but it was mostly boring. It is quite drastic to conclude that you are a witch because your intuition can sometimes be right. At this point in his life, the rich and living in the Connecticut countryside, with nothing to do but imagine himself as a witch with supernatural powers, may be the reason for the delusions of grandeur. Let's spell magic with a k.
   Interesting, but...
This one didn't hit the mark for me, even though I have read all of Augusten Burroughs' books. I wonder why he hadn't mentioned being a witch before, since it could have helped him in some of the circumstances he was in. He is happily married, has dogs, and has moved to the country, but I would have liked to read more about the house. The description of his visit with his real estate agent to a local eccentric who wanted to sell his home was vivid but not believable. The book was written beautifully, but it didn't come together the way it should. I laughed out loud at some of it, as I always do when reading his work, so I can't say it wasn't worth it. I will keep it and read it again, and maybe it will redeem itself.
   As with all of his other books this one does not disappoint. Love it.
Augusten had just published a new book. It did what it was supposed to. One of the authors makes me laugh out loud. Can't wait for the next one.
   Made me laugh out loud
Augusten wrote a book that was so funny and snarky. The book is touching and you will cry. Have a great time! I can't wait for his next one.
   “What is yours will find you”
As I read Toil and Trouble, I highlighted many of the quotes that I thought would last longer than 300 pages. This memoir may be the one I love the most. It is compelling and intelligent and hilarious, and it is by Augusten Burroughs. This one is more than just funny. It shows how intuition and magick are our birthright. My family is full of these sort of stories as well, despite what some think, not all that unique. The mother who knows what she's talking about. I am struck by the vulnerability and candor of Burroughs. It was delicious and USEFUL. This memoir is a gem.