Lust & Wonder Information

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Lust & Wonder: A Memoir
Author Augusten Burroughs
CountryUnited States
Genre Memoir
PublishedMarch 29, 2016
St. Martin's Press
ISBN 978-0-312-34203-6 (Hardcover)
Preceded by This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More for Young and Old Alike 

Lust & Wonder: A Memoir is the ninth book by Augusten Burroughs. It was released on March 29, 2016.


According to the editor, the book is a memoir "about a man searching for what brings his heart home." [1]


Lust & Wonder: A Memoir was ranked third for combined print and e-Book nonfiction on The New York Times Best Seller list on April 17, 2016. [2]

The New York Times said that Burroughs is talented at simultaneously blaming everyone else for his troubles while maintaining an undercurrent of self-awareness that it is actually all his own fault. It said that the book becomes much less entertaining once Burroughs finds peace. [3]

The Washington Post said the book added little new to the other memoirs previously written by Burroughs, best for readers who care deeply about the Burroughs and not for readers whose feelings for Burroughs are not strongly positive. [4]

The Albany Times-Union described the book as a "valentine to his husband". [5]

Fort Myers Florida Weekly called the book just as funny and sharp as Burroughs' previous memoirs, albeit without much originality. [6]

The Winston-Salem Journal said that seeing Burroughs "grow and gain the courage to make better choices is a moving experience." [7]

The Greenfield Recorder said that the book repeated a lot from Burroughs' books, without adding much of the hilarity that usually makes his books enjoyable. [8]

The Concord Monitor said that the book added little insight to Burroughs' previous memoirs, speculating that Burroughs continues to write memoirs for his own amusement rather than for that of his readers. [9]


  1. ^ Enderlin, Jennifer. " Lust & Wonder: A Memoir". St. Martin's Press. Amazon. March 29, 2016.
  2. ^ " Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction". The New York Times. April 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Barnhardt, William. " 'Lust and Wonder,' by Augusten Burroughs". The New York Times. April 1, 2016.
  4. ^ Turrentine, Jeff. " Burroughs memoir? (Posted 2016-03-24 16:00:49): After so many books, the author of 'Running With Scissors' is running out of material". The Washington Post. March 24, 2016.
  5. ^ O'Gorman, Rochelle. " Authors Share Mixed Bag of Memories". The Times-Union (Albany, New York). September 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Williams, Evan. " Burroughs' voice shines through in racy memoir". Fort Myers Florida Weekly (Fort Myers, Florida). August 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Lefferts, Brooke. " Augusten Burroughs searches for love in new memoir". The Winston-Salem Journal (Winston-Salem, North Carolina). May 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Peck, Claude. " Burroughs ’ new memoir lacks usual humor". The Recorder (Greenfield, Massachusetts). April 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Turuntine, Jeff. " Quest for normalcy less powerful this time". Concord Monitor (Concord, New Hampshire). April 17, 2016.