A Wolf at the Table

A Wolf at the Table

A Memoir of My Father

Book - 2008
Average Rating:
8
1
Rate this:
The author of "Running with Scissors" delves into new territory with his most personal and unexpected memoir yet. "A Wolf at the Table" is the story of Burroughs' relationship with his father, his stunning psychological cruelty, and the redemptive power of hope.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312342029
0312342020
Call Number: 921 BURROUGHS
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Burroughs, Augusten -- Family.
Abusive parents.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

b
brenstuhr
Oct 22, 2015

Difficult topic, great writing.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 27, 2015

Burroughs' (his father was not William S.) electrifying memoir of his disturbing childhood reminded me of Jeanette Wall's The Glass Castle. This tale will make you wince.

gottschalk Jun 19, 2013

THE MOST FEARFUL BOOK I'VE EVER READ... AND IT'S A MEMOIR.

a
augustlover
Jun 05, 2012

Augusten Burroughs' books are always riviting reads. However, this book is more of an exploration of the relationship of his father and a deeper look into his earlier childhood than it is a memoir of his father. I do wish the book went deeper into his father's persona, but it was still a good read.

l
Lesley_braga
Aug 08, 2011

Last summer, after reading through most of Augusten Burroughs other books I decided to give this dark, serious story a shot. The book is a stretch from his other works and it is great.

The story is absolutely haunting, superbly well written, and will stay with you for some time.

ser_library Apr 09, 2011

disturbing, jprolix and repetitive

reading the first and last chapters is enough

j
jbeckber
Aug 18, 2008

Maybe I'm getting tired of these "my parents screwed up my life" books. I was confused through much of the book, which I guess is the point as Burroughs was a child and was confused by his father's behaviour. The main point of wanting to be loved is poignant. Other than that, not much substance to the book in my opinion.

b
Berth
Jul 21, 2008

I found this a bit of a "disburbing" read compared to other of Augusten's books which seem to have some humor mixed in with the insanity. There is no humor here, just the sad and frustrating recount of growing up with a very disturbed alcoholic father.

Summary

Add a Summary

b
Berth
Jul 21, 2008

A dark and emotional memoir written about his father; the personal accounts of a young boy growing up longing for his father's affections in childhood and well into his adulthood.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at GCPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top