Author to the point in delivering a wake-up call

If you have ever read anything by Augusten Burroughs, this title will not surprise you.

THIS IS HOW:

Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness,

Molestation, Fatness,

Spinsterhood, Grief,

Disease, Lushery

Decrepitude & More.

For Young and Old Alike

By Augusten Burroughs

St Martins Press

If you have ever read anything by Augusten Burroughs, this title will not surprise you.

He was raised in a very strange home and was, “given away” at 14 years of age to the family psychiatrist. He is the author of, The Wolf at the Table, (about his abusive father) and Running With Scissors, also about the bizarre happenings at his house.

So you won’t be surprised that this book is sprinkled with the usual expletive. You may have to relax your caveat on occasional bad language.

This is How, is a self-help-type book which offers some personal insights not quite like that given by educated people from calm, stable homes, who write books of good advice.

Here are 230 pages of insight on various subjects, learned in the hard world of knocks. He has no degrees and no doctorates. It’s cleverly written and darn it all, it sounds like common sense.

Chapters are named in this way: How to Feel Sorry for Yourself, How to End Your Life, (he talks you out of suicide). How to Identify Love by Knowing What it’s not, How to Make Yourself Uncomfortable, and How to Get the Job. There are many others, some of which may give you a jolt. This quick-fix book told in plain language, sounds like a wake up call.

“How to Stop Being Afraid of Your Anger.”

“Anger is a natural emotion, not a character flaw,” the author says, “shush your anger and it metastasizes.” Perhaps that anger will do more damage after being bottled up.

Augusten Burroughs had a very troubled life, his family was a disaster, he tried to commit suicide at 14 years of age. He became an alcoholic and a heavy smoker.

One of the amusing stories tells of his dream to become an actor. It was a dream he had nourished until it was very real to him. His audition felt wonderful, he knew those watching were awed with his performance. Until his teacher spoke up and then showed him the damning video of his stiff, unnatural reading. He discusses this in, How to hold on to your dream, or maybe not.

Do you know anyone who has never forgotten when their feelings were hurt, someone who buys every diet book but never diets? What about that person so full of regrets that they can’t move on? This may be their book.

The last chapter is headed, “How to Change the World by Yourself.” This is a tribute to the “Rosa Parks” kind of person. The author says we all have it in us to act. “It’s how we can survive the unsurvivable . . . lose what you cannot bear to lose . . . this is how you reinvent yourself, fulfill your ambitions, find your love . . . follow what is true, no matter where it leads.”

Read the book, it couldn’t hurt.

Peggy Freeman is a freelance writer living in Red Deer.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID
Red Deer down to 313 active cases of COVID-19

Alberta reports an additional 411 COVID-19 cases

Friday, Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced the province’s plan to reduce surgical wait times over the next two years. (Photo by Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier)
Alberta provides more funding to reduce surgery wait times

The province is working to provide better access to surgeries over the… Continue reading

RDC Queens volleyball players Sydney Rix and Emma Holmes gave blood as part of the Bleed Green Challenge, in partnership with Canadian Blood Services. (Photo courtesy RDC Queens Instagram)
Blood donation: RDC Athletics give back with Bleed Green Challenge

In what has been a challenging year for everyone across Alberta, Red… Continue reading

Eastview Middle School’s Jeremy Spink was selected as the 2020/21 NHL/NHLPA Most Valuable Teacher for February (Photo Courtesy of Red Deer Public Schools)
Red Deer teacher earns NHL’s Most Valuable Teacher Award for February

Eastview Middle School’s Jeremey Spink picked up the honour

Bryson, six, and Mara, eight, play with puppies from Dogs With Wings Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
WATCH: Dogs With Wings introduces Red Deer program

A program that trains puppies to be certified service, autism, facility and… Continue reading

Supporters rally outside court as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church is in court to appeal bail conditions, after he was arrested for holding day services in violation of COVID-19 rules, in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
‘Law remains valid:’ Pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

‘Law remains valid:’ Pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

A flare stack lights the sky from the Imperial Oil refinery in Edmonton on December 28, 2018. The federal government is unveiling proposed regulations for its greenhouse gas offset program that will govern how developers can register and sell credits earned through projects that reduce emissions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Proposed federal carbon offset credit regulations raise farmer advocate’s concern

CALGARY — Projects that qualify to sell federal greenhouse gas emission credits… Continue reading

The National War Memorial honouring Canadians who served in the military is shown in Ottawa on Sunday, March 31, 2019. A member of the Canadian Armed Forces has died in Afghanistan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Canadian soldier found dead in his quarters in Afghanistan: military

OTTAWA — A member of the Canadian Armed Forces has died in… Continue reading

A flare stack lights the sky from the Imperial Oil refinery in Edmonton on December 28, 2018. The federal government is unveiling proposed regulations for its greenhouse gas offset program that will govern how developers can register and sell credits earned through projects that reduce emissions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Ottawa unveils proposed federal carbon offset emission credit regulations

CALGARY — The federal government is unveiling proposed regulations for its greenhouse… Continue reading

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference in Ottawa Friday, March 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau holds firm on premiers’ health-care funding demands, COVID-19 aid comes first

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will keep… Continue reading

Supporters pray outside court in Stony Plain, Alta., on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, as a trial date was set for Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church. He is charged with holding Sunday services in violation of Alberta's COVID-19 rules and with breaking conditions of his bail release. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Judge rules Alberta pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

EDMONTON — A judge has ruled that an Alberta pastor will remain… Continue reading

Image courtesy Creative Outlet
Man found guilty in attack that left Winnipeg teen with hammer in head

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg judge has found a man guilty in an… Continue reading

Pictured here is Stettler’s Jenner Smith with a guide dog from Aspen Service Dogs. An online auction will be running soon to help raise funds for Jenner to receive his very own service dog later this year. Jenner, who is four years old, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2019. photo submitted
An online auction is planned to raise funds for a service dog for a Stettler family

Jenner Smith, four, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2019

Most Read