Last week I had a big rush order for a best-selling author, Adriana Trigiani. Dozens of my Valentine's Day Heart Assortment (pictured above) were sent to NYC for the unveiling today of her new book, Very Valentine.
If you know me very well, you know that I am a voracious reader and always have been. Reading gives me so much pleasure, it has really been a constant in my life. Going to the library for me is like going to a candy store. I'm still amazed that I get to read all these books for free. I always come out piled to the gills - then I leave some in the car so my husband doesn't see them all! We even have a designated "library book table" in the family room.
Anyway, I have noticed that I often seem to check out David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs at the same time. Maybe they're on the same schedule as far as book releases? For a while I've gotten them kind of mixed up in my head, so I had to think about their similarities.
They both write about their childhood quite a bit. Sedaris, kind of whacky, Burroughs pretty horrific.
They are both recovering alcoholics and/or drug addicts.
They are both gay, in very long-term and committed relationships.
They both have siblings that also write - Amy Sedaris and John Elder Robison (Burroughs changed his name)
So those are their similarities - but here is the big difference - Sedaris is really laugh out loud funny and Burroughs is sad and dark. Their books that I have just finished reading are A Wolf at the Table, a memoir of my father, Augusten Burroughs, and When you are engulfed in flames, David Sedaris.
Augusten Burroughs had a movie made from his book Running with Scissors- maybe you've seen it? Now when I read about his father, I "see" Alec Baldwin in my head. He plays morose very well.
I recommend both of them but if you want to bust a gut laughing, read Sedaris.