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Toil & Trouble
A Memoir
By (author): Augusten Burroughs
9781250019950 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Oct 01, 2019 Print Run: 200000
$34.99 CAD
Active 5.94 x 8.5 x 1.11 in | 400 gr 336 pages St. Martin's Press

From the number oneNew 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: Iam 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.

From the hilarious to the terrifying,Toil & Trouble is a chronicle of one man's journey to understand himself, to reconcile the powers he can wield with things with which he is helpless. There are very few things that are coincidences, as you will learn inToil & Trouble. Ghosts are real, trees can want to kill you, beavers are the spawn of Satan, houses are alive, and in the end, love is the most powerful magic of all.

AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS is the number one New York Times bestselling author ofThis is How, A Wolf at the Table, You Better Not Cry, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking, Dry, Running with Scissors, and Sellevision.

- starred review from Booklist
- 200k print run
- NYT bestselling author of Running with Scissors which sold over 18k copies in pb in Canada
- Publishers Weekly review

Praise forToil & Trouble:

"Burroughs’ unique ability to translate his fears, anxieties, and dreams into something universal that feels a little like, well, magic...Thishilarious and spellbinding memoir will generate a whirl of requests." —Booklist, starred review

Praise for Augusten Burroughs:

"Asatisfying success story from a reliably outspoken raconteur." —KirkusonLust & Wonder

“All of the wisdom he dispenses in his new book-delivered with thedark, acidic humorwe've come to expect is certainly well-earned.” —The Boston Globe onThis is How

Dry is more than a heartbreaking tale; it's a heroic one. As with its predecessor, we finish the book amazed not only that Burroughs can write so brilliantly, but that he's even alive.” —People on Dry

“Itmakes a good run at blowing every other [memoir] out of the water.”The Washington Post on Running with Scissors

“Funny and rich with child's eye details of adults who have gone off the rails.” —The New York Times Book Review onRunning with Scissors

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