From "Running with Scissors" to Self-Help

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From "Running with Scissors" to Self-Help

Memoirist Augusten Burroughs is moving into another, perhaps unexpected, realm: self-help. He simultaneously takes down and contribute to the $11 billion industry with his latest book "This is How" - the book he says he was born to write.

Augusten Burroughs is known for writing memoirs -- including "Running with Scissors" and "Dry" -- that unflinchingly and meticulously detail his unconventional childhood and struggles with alcoholism. Now, Burroughs is moving into another, perhaps unexpected, realm: self-help. He simultaneously criticizes and contributes to the $11 billion industry with his latest book "This is How."

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