Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
A Memoir

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The sole comfort of reading this profoundly disturbing memoir, outside of Burroughs' brave comic perspective, lies in knowing that he lived to write it.
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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.

 

About Augusten Burroughs

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Augusten Burroughs is the author of Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking: True Stories, Possible Side Effects and You Better Not Cry. He is also the author of the novel Sellevision, which is currently in development for film. The film version of Running with Scissors, directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Brad Pitt, was released in October 2006 and starred Joseph Cross, Brian Cox, Annette Bening (nominated for a Golden Globe for her role), Alec Baldwin and Evan Rachel Wood. Augusten's writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world including The New York Times and New York Magazine. In 2005 Entertainment Weekly named him one of “The 25 Funniest People in America.” He resides in New York City and Western Massachusetts.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 319 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, History, Arts & Photography, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Scott Tobias on Aug 26 2002

The sole comfort of reading this profoundly disturbing memoir, outside of Burroughs' brave comic perspective, lies in knowing that he lived to write it.

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