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Book Review – Toil & Trouble: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

Book Review

Toil & Trouble

A Memoir

by Augusten Burroughs

336 Pages



I really enjoyed reading about Augusten’s life. Augusten had witchy powers as I call it, he knew things before they happened which I can relate to and I’m sure many of you reading this can, too. No one really explained anything to him so he had to pretty much figure it out all on his own.

The book starts out with him not really knowing he was a witch. He was eight years old on a school bus on the way home and he was looking out the window. As the bus drove over a bump he saw the image of his grandmother. Then he felt scared and anxiety. Once he got home he ran up to his door with fear and his mom opened the door with the phone on her ear and he was asking his mom what happen to Amah. He told his mom something really bad happened to her. His mom was surprised and asked how he knew. He explained what happen on the bus and she told him that his grandmother was just in a bad car accident. Finally, after talking to his mom about this, she explained to him that he was like her a witch.

Later on in the book, Augusten and his husband Christopher buy a new house, well its new to them but pretty old and with a lot of history and, of course, Augusten starts to see ghosts there. They have a crazy neighbor and the story is so funny, the poor guys hahaha. He also talks about his husbands health and what they are going through.

He quotes, “Here’s a partial list of things I don’t believe in: God. The Devil. Heaven. Hell. Bigfoot. Ancient Aliens. Past lives. Life after death. Vampires. Zombies. Reiki. Homeopathy. Rolfing. Reflexology. Note that ‘witches’ and ‘witchcraft’ are absent from this list. The thing is, I wouldn’t believe in them, and I would privately ridicule any idiot who did, except for one thing: I am a witch.”

I love the way this book is written. You can really feel what hes going through and the way its written you can almost feel it with him. The humor is great in it. He had me giggling a lot especially with his chipmunk story. There are serious moments in it too that make you go ohh wow. I love his personality he would be someone really fun to meet and hang out with.

I don’t believe in coincidences I think everything happens for a reason. Reading this book will make some who dont believe say nah it was just a coincidence but if you’re a believer you would get there is no such thing as a coincidences.


About Augusten Burroughs:



Augusten Burroughs is the author of the autobiographical works “Running with Scissors,” “Dry,” “Magical Thinking,” “Possible Side Effects” and “A Wolf at the Table,” all of which were New York Times bestsellers. “Running with Scissors” remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over two consecutive years and was made into a Golden Globe-nominated film starring Annette Bening. His only novel, “Sellevision,” is currently in development as a series for NBC. “Dry,” Augusten’s memoir of his alcoholism and recovery, is being developed by Showtime. In addition, Burroughs is currently creating an original prime-time series for CBS. Augusten’s latest book is called “You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas.”

Twice named to Entertainment Weekly’s list of the funniest people in America, Augusten has also been the subject of a Vanity Fair cover story and a Jeopardy! answer. His books have made guest appearances in two James Patterson novels, one Linkin Park music video, numerous television shows and a porn movie.

Augusten has been a photographer since childhood and many of his images can be seen on his website, He lives in New York City.


Toil & Trouble: A Memoir on Amazon


About the Author:

Sarah Mascorro AKA Pixie Witch. I’m 45 years young and have been married to my soul mate for 28 plus year. We have 2 boys and live in good ole California. I was actually born in England but came to the states when I was 5.

I’m Pagan/Wiccan and have been practicing over 10 years now. I always knew I was different but didn’t figure it out till 2008, that’s when I came out of the broom closet. I’m a Witch and I’m proud of it. When I say different I mean I just didn’t fit in with what others did or believed in. I’m sure you all totally understand that feeling. Now I know though I’m not different, I’m me and there are so many others like me.

I hold rituals at my house with my circle for each Sabbat and we do a lot of witch crafts together. I love to do all types of crafts not just witchy like I make dream catchers, wood burn, make soaps and bath salts. I love to cross stitch and make latch hook rugs. I have a small page on Facebook that I sell my goodies. You can FIND THEM HERE at Pixiewitchcorner.

I love to cook and bake. My mother was a great cook & I picked up her talent. I love to make my own fun recipes and add some magick to them. I mean cooking is magickal right so why not add a little extra to it. I started a Kitchen Witch Group on Facebook over 4 years ago. If your on FB come check it out.

I love to spend my time with my hubby & boys. We love to be out in nature especially the beach & the forest. I belong in the forest, I guess all pixie’s do hee hee. My friends call me Pixie due to my size I’m 5’1 and barely 100 pounds with really long red and silver hair hee hee.

I collect stones like hag stones, labradorite, amethysts, quartz etc… I also collect witch statues, Goddess statues, owls, crows and the Moon. Oh & sea glass I cant forget that. Do tattoos count? If so I have over a 100 of them I’m about 80% covered.

Another hobby is photography. I love taking pictures of nature such as flowers, animals, trees, mountains, the ocean and my favorite of all the Moon.

I love to unwind two ways one is with a great book, usually witchy or paranormal ones catch my attention the most. I do read & research a lot about the human body and diseases due to my families rare health issues. The other is going outside under the stars and Moon. What a great way to end the day looking up at the dark beautiful sky.

That’s pretty much it, you see what you get hee hee. You either love me or hate me. Hopefully you all will love me haha.