This is another one of those books that I've had forever, but never got around to reading. I'm so glad I finally did though. Augusten Burroughs is hilarious. He's VERY similar to David Sedaris. I know this book was published several years ago and the movie came out a long time ago, so I'm sure that most people have already read this, but if you haven't then read it now!
After reading Running With Scissors I got on Amazon and ordered this one and Dry by Burroughs. I haven't read Dry yet, but Possible Side Effects was just as great as Running With Scissors. While Running focused on Burroughs childhood and adolescence, Side Effects focuses more on his adult life, with some childhood stories thrown in.
This is a very special book that I've been meaning to read for a while. Jake's Grandma wrote it! It's a compilation of stories from Papa Charlie's childhood. Papa Charlie was a wild little kid. My favorite stories from the book are when he convinced his sister to parachute off the roof of the house (more than once!) and when he put actual bombs underneath his house. His poor mother.
Chelsea Handler had Justin Halpern on her show a while back to promote this book. Halpern's claim to fame came from a Twitter account he set up to document the ridiculous things his dad said. He accumulated thousands of followers and then a publisher contacted him to make a book. The book is a compilation of quotes and very short stories. It's definitely a book that will make you laugh out loud.