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10 New Must-Reads for May

This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike, Augusten Burroughs (May 8)

Funnyman essayist Augusten Burroughs is back with a collection of supposed self-help missives — everything from your standard “how to find love” and “how to be thin” to the more pointed “how to be fat” and “how to finish your drink.” As usual, Burroughs builds a resonating memoir out of his witty personal stories, black humor and young man crotchety observances, even if you mean to forget his advice the next day.