Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- DWTS Winner Nyle DiMarco Brought to Tears After Carrie Ann Inaba Signs to Him: 'Thank You for Showing Us Your Beautiful Heart'
- Read the Cover Story: Céline Dion: 'I Lost the Love of My Life'
- Austin Hatch, Survivor of Two Separate Plane Crashes That Killed His Family, Speaks Out: 'You Have to Be Tough’
- WATCH: What Made Brett Eldredge Laugh So Hard He Cried?
- Bill Cosby Accuser Jennifer Thompson's Painful Account of Alleged Assault: 'Those I'm Helping Most are the Ones Still Silently Suffering'
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- October 11, 2004
- Vol. 62
- No. 15
Picks and Pans Review: Magical Thinking: True Stories
How deliciously perverse is Augusten Burroughs? In Magical Thinking, he describes a boat ride with "fat Americans" in Key West. Waiting to board, Burroughs is kicked by a tyke with a Hello Kitty backpack. "Stop that," he says evenly. "Don't kick." The little girl levels another blow, giggles and steps on his toe. Burroughs whispers, 'Kick me one more time... and once we get on the boat, I'll push your mother into the ocean, and she'll die. And then I'll hurt your daddy. And then I'll be your new daddy, and I'll take you home with me.'"
Part of Burroughs's charm is his ability to see the melodramatic possibilities in every moment, and to make harsh judgments about himself as well as others. The product of a harrowing childhood (in his 2002 memoir Running with Scissors he describes being sent to live in an Addams Family household with his mom's shrink), he gives pathos a comic spin: Of a toothless fan who smelled "like a gangrenous foot" he writes, "He gummed the words out, 'I wuved wur book.'" Adds Burroughs: "But then, look at me I'm an alcoholic, a 'survivor' of childhood sexual abuse, was raised in a cult.... The only thing that separates me from the guy...is a book deal and some cologne." Of course this sort of thing isn't for everybody; darker than David Sedaris, Burroughs seems willing—even eager—to offend. But whether it's torturing his "evil troll" of a maid or having sex with a mortician, he extracts something funny from every shred of his own warped experience. Magical thinking indeed.
- Michelle Green,
- Ellen Shapiro,
- Janice P. Nimura,
- Francine Prose.
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!