More hu­mor than witch­ing in ‘Toil & Trou­ble’

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Spotlight - BY CHRIS HE­WITT Star Tri­bune (Min­neapo­lis)

It’s called “Toil & Trou­ble” but “Bait & Switch” is more like it. De­spite a ti­tle that ref­er­ences the caul­dron speech in “Mac­beth,” a pre-Hal­loween re­lease date and mar­ket­ing that po­si­tions it as the book in which Au­gusten Bur­roughs comes out as a witch, “Toil & Trou­ble” is just barely about witch­ing.

Mostly, the mem­oirist writes about mov­ing with his hus­band from their Man­hat­tan apart­ments into a Con­necti­cut man­sion that needs a lot of work.

There are oc­ca­sional flash­backs to Bur­roughs’ men­tally ill mother who was the star of his “Run­ning With Scis­sors.”

What­ever you want to call the small re­venges against en­e­mies and covert at­tempts to con­vince his hus­band to move, they make for an amus­ing book that carves out ter­ri­tory some­where be­tween Bur­roughs’ painful early me­moirs and the hu­mor­ous, do­mes­tic es­says of David Sedaris.

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