From the number one New York Times bestselling author comes another stunning memoir that is tender touchingand just a little spooky 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 witchFor as long as Augusten Burroughs could remember he knew things he shouldn't have known He manifested things that shouldn't have come to pass And he told exactly no one about this save one person his mother His mother reassured him that it was all perfectly normal that he was descended from a long line of witches going back to the days of the early American colonies And that this family tree was filled with witches It was a bond that he and his mother shared until the day she left him in the care of her psychiatrist to be raised in his family but that's a whole other story After that Augusten was on his own On his own to navigate the world of this tricky power on his own to either use or misuse this giftFrom the hilarious to the terrifying Toil Trouble is a chronicle of one man's journey to understand himself to reconcile the powers he can wield with things with which he is helpless There are very few things that are coincidences as you will learn in Toil Trouble Ghosts are real trees can want to kill you beavers are the spawn of Satan houses are alive and in the end love is the most powerful magic of all


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  1. It’s pretty impressive that one person can write so many memoirs In this one he reveals that he’s a witch from a long line of witches He’s otherwise a nonbeliever of ghosts God zombies Bigfoot and so on He explains that being a witch isn’t supernatural it’s natural For him it’s about seeing things just before they happen across the country sometimes and setting intentions—in his case he creates rhyming spells to create something he wants to attain or avoid Dubious? Yeah me too although his tales are provocative He’s such a good writer that after I finished and had started reading another book I found myself wondering what was going on with Augusten his husband Christopher their four dogs and the intriguing characters they’ve met since moving from Manhattan to the Connecticut countryside Many years ago my publisher asked me to write a novella for an anthology that featured a witch I thought I should study up on Wiccan because I thought that’s what a witch was I was way off according to Mr Burroughs I learned a lot about witches in this book which is a subject I find fascinating primarily because uppity women were drowned or burned on a pyre under the guise that they were witches and uppity women are my people The very little I studied on Wiccan it seemed like nice stuff not that far off from what I understand from books and movies are some of the rituals of Catholicism with lighting candles and instead of saying prayers saying kind of incantations—things to do to attract love and financial stability or to banish a bad experience I think setting intentions is great What I learned in Toil and Trouble however is that Wiccan is something a guy in England came up with in the 1950s What Augusten is talking about is quite different and I found it extremely interesting This book has some chuckles although it’s not as funny as some of his earlier works I enjoyed it and I appreciate the opportunity for an advance copy from NetGalley and St Martin’s Press The RELEASE DATE IS OCTOBER 1 2019 For reviews please visit