Running With Scissors

Running With Scissors

A Memoir

eBook - 2010
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Now including an excerpt from Lust & Wonder, a new memoir coming in March 2016. Running with Scissors 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, Augusten Burroughs 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....Running with Scissors 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: 2010
ISBN: 9781429902526
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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In his recollections of a crazy mom, a mean alcoholic dad, and the family of an eccentric psychiatrist with whom he is abandoned, Burroughs just keeps the laughs coming.

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.

The author describes his bizarre coming-of-age years 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.

The author describes his bizarre coming-of-age years 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.

In his recollections of a crazy mom, a mean alcoholic dad, and the family of an eccentric psychiatrist with whom he is abandoned, Burroughs just keeps the laughs coming!


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Ali_z
Aug 01, 2016

extremely disturbing but couldn't put it down.

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brenstuhr
Oct 20, 2015

I liked the writing but the topic is difficult. It is a memoir.

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eplmaybelle
Sep 22, 2013

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.

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VRMurphy
Jul 09, 2013

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.

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solange123
Mar 15, 2013

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.

Maybea Aug 09, 2012

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.

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linalex9671
Jul 11, 2012

I need to see the movie now.

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kori_liz
Jun 11, 2012

the books way better then the movie

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augustlover
Jun 05, 2012

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.

dotdeangelo Feb 10, 2012

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.

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