Running With Scissors

A Memoir

Burroughs, Augusten

(eBook - 2010)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Running With Scissors
This is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, the author found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules, there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock therapy machine under the stairs. It is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny, but above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.
Publisher: [S.l.] : St. Martin's Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781429902526
Branch Call Number: 3M downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library


From Library Staff

The hilarious and horrifying and bizarre coming-of-age years of Burroughs after his adoption by his mother's psychiatrist, during which he witnessed such misadventures as a fake suicide attempt and front-lawn family/patient sleepovers.

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jul 09, 2014
  • kitty666 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I need to see the movie now.

The story sounds compelling
but he never gets to it

In the style of “best sellers “ it digs deeper and deeper holes
of minutiae until there is no story.

The first 12 pages went into excruciating excessive detail
of his mother preparing for an evening out
to a reading of her poetry
and how much he needed to be in her presence

It is difficult to understand the author or to believe in the credibility of the book being a memoir.

For example
"Unfortunately , my parents loathed each other and the life they built together .
Because I was the product of their genetic fusion, well, it is not surprising I liked to boil
my change on the stove and then shine it with metal polish."
HuH? I don’t get it

One of the EPL commentaries said it did not seem like a memoir and I would have to agree
because the mechanics do not work out
His mother supposedly sees this psychiatrist once a week then daily then hours per day
few people could afford to pay for such one on one attention
and there is nothing to indicate that his mother could either.

So if she is not able to afford the fees of seeing a psychiatrist for hours every day
then neither can or would a psychiatrist be able to afford to be unpaid for the greater part of the day.

If that were the only non credible part, you could overlook it,
but there are so many stacked one on top of the other,
you begin to doubt that anything in his “ Memoirs” are based on actual happenings.

Jul 09, 2013
  • VRMurphy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good writing, but (apparently) one is to consider it as more of a work of fiction than a true memoir. Burroughs mentions his brother, but not by name - I strongly recommend reading John Elder Robison's books.

Mar 15, 2013
  • solange123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books Ive read in a long time. It is funny, heartbreaking, and full of hope. Augusten is an amazing person and this book gives hope to abuse survivors too, Awesome read.

Aug 09, 2012
  • Maybea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing and admirable how Augusten can have such a lovely sense of humour throughout it all. Allowing us to laugh with him as he comes to grips with his upbringing. Humour truly is a sign of deep intelligence.

Jun 11, 2012
  • kori_liz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

the books way better then the movie

Jun 05, 2012
  • augustlover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

By far one of the best books I've read in awhile. Burroughs' wit and candor, while telling a tragic and crazy story, make this a must read.

Feb 10, 2012
  • dotdeangelo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I so get Augusten's humor. He makes a unbearable story funny. Laughing and crying are the same for many of us. Read this many years ago and i still can recall many instances in this book that I found funny.

Aug 14, 2011
  • eforwickwhalley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hard to believe this is a memoir. Entertaining and disturbing all rolled into one!

Mar 05, 2011
  • jalyth rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I really didn't think this book was funny. I'm sticking with David Sedaris. I say that because I kept hearing them compared.

Perhaps it's because I've never been a drug user or alcoholic, but his stories seemed sad rather than funny.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

Jul 09, 2014
  • kitty666 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

kitty666 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Find it at MCL


Powered by BiblioCommons.
app02 Version gurli Last updated 2014/12/09 10:52