Running with Scissors
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Running with Scissors

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Augusten Burroughs is the author of the bestselling trilogy, Running with Scissors, Dry, and Lust & Wonder. Return to the memoir that started it all.

The true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus.

So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor's bizarre family, and befriending a paedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock-therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

Title:Running with Scissors
Edition Language:English
ISBN:031242227X
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:315 pages

    Running with Scissors Reviews

  • Oriana
    Jul 22, 2007

    I talk about this all the time, so here, definitively, is my explanation of the four categories of memoir. 1) People who have had seriously interesting / crazy lives, and who also happen to be terrifi...

  • Martin
    Dec 31, 2007

    I found this book profoundly disturbing and torturous to read. I understand that it is cleansing and theraputic for those that have been traumitized to write/talk aobut their problems to help with the...

  • Scott
    Jun 20, 2008

    She wasn't "Let's paint the kitchen red" crazy. She was full on head in the oven, toothpaste sandwich, I am God crazy..paraphrased, but you get it.....

  • Fabian
    Oct 26, 2008

    I read this book in about four hours. & maybe that's as good an encapsulation of the experience as I can give.I like the eccentric, non-plot-driven memoir that sounds too strange to be true... and bec...

  • Tina
    Jun 26, 2008

    I learned, along with the rest of my reading group, that running with scissors is preferable to reading this book. ...

  • Timothy
    Aug 29, 2007

    Family settles with "Running with Scissors" author, publisherBy Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press Writer | August 29, 2007BOSTON --A family that claimed author Augusten Burroughs defamed them in his be...

  • Jason Pettus
    Jun 20, 2008

    (Today's review is much longer than Goodreads' word-count limitations. Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this es...

  • Will N Van
    Jun 12, 2008

    It has been said that Truman Capote's last book, "Answered Prayers," cost him the friendship of almost everyone he knew at that time in his life, and it has even been speculated that this contributed ...

  • Will Byrnes
    Feb 12, 2009

    Burroughs offers a book that is supposedly a memoir. If so, then truth is definitely stranger than fiction. Let’s say I am skeptical. If you thought you had a tough adolescence a look at Burroughsâ€...

  • eliza
    Apr 25, 2007

    When I read this book, I was really appalled that people would classify it as a comedy, and that the makers of the film would treat it as such. I thought it was one of the most tragic things I have ev...