“I am a complete and total fuckup. Which is exactly why I am equipped to write this book and tell you how to live.” This quote comes from a chapter called “How to Fail,” in memoir-writer extraordinaire Augusten Burroughs’ (Running with Scissors
) newest book, This is How
. Focused on how to survive the un-survivable---from deadly diagnoses to abuse to chronic loneliness---the book is a truly masterful hybrid of the blackest humour and sincerest empathy, commingling in a quest for truths. Although the book may sound juvenile, with chapters like “How to Feel Like Shit” and “How to Remain Unhealed,” Burroughs acts as a necessary voice who only demands (aggressively) that you consider your life in realistic terms. That you accept and embrace your own flaws. And that you “name that actual feeling you feel and not the daisy wallpaper version.” Whether you need a laugh or a literary hug, this is how.