It is a memoir written by Augusten Burroughs describing the author’s battle with alcoholism. This memoir was written before Running With Scissors but got published second. ‘Dry’ saw number 24 on NY Times Bestseller list for nonfiction hardcover. The story in this memoir is based upon actual events that the author went through. He was kept at a rehab facility catering to gay and lesbian patients only. Burroughs’ ex-boyfriend is described in part II of this memoir. Pighead died due to HIV sending Burroughs into a relapse with cocaine and crack added to the mix. Memoir ends with Burroughs recovery and helping other friends to recover from alcoholism.
Originally published: June 2003
Authors: Barbara Sapergia, Augusten Burroughs
Preceded by: Running with Scissors
Followed by: Magical Thinking
Page count: 293