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Running with Scissors: A Memoir

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

An Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year

Now a Major Motion Picture

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 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 pedophile 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.

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"[H]ilarious, freaky-deaky, berserk, controlled, transcendent, touching, affectionate, vengeful, all-embracing." Carolyn See, The Washington Post

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"If you love Sedaris, you'll fold over laughing with Running with Scissors, a witty and hilarious memoir." GENRE magazine

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"Burroughs rises above the standard...by making all these people, cuckoo clocks that they are, human and knowable." Entertainment Weekly

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"Beautifully written with a finely tuned sense of style and wit...this memoir of a nightmarish youth is both compulsively entertaining and tremendously provocative." Publishers Weekly

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"A memoir that is both horrifying and mordantly funny....[It] just might be the most aptly titled book ever written." San Francisco Chronicle

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"[A] hilarious and horrifying memoir." Los Angeles Times

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"Edgier but reminiscent of Dave Eggers' Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, this is a survival story readers won't forget." Gillian Engberg, Booklist

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"Burroughs has written an entertaining yet horrifying account that isn't for the squeamish: the scatological content and explicit homosexual episodes may limit its appeal. Recommended for the adventurous seeking an unsettling experience among the grotesque." Library Journal

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"[A]n American Grotesque....[T]hat the tale is true only adds to the hilarity — and the horror." Elle magazine

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"[S]howing off a dark wit that often rivals that of David Sedaris." New York magazine

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"Burroughs has produced a memoir that's funny and sharp, but also humane...as charming as it is revealing." Kurt Andersen, author of Turn of the Century

About the Author

Augusten Burroughs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dry, Magical Thinking, and, most recently, Possible Side Effects, which were also New York Times bestsellers. Augusten has been named one of the fifteen funniest people in America by Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City and western Massachusetts.

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andreabourgi, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by andreabourgi)
"brilliant."
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Annams, December 30, 2011 (view all comments by Annams)
The author's memoir, Running With Scissors, is a personal account of his life growing up with his mother's psychologist. At twelve years old, Augusten Burroughs, formerly known as Chris Robinson, finds himself living with this unorthodox family after his mother tells him she must focus on her writing rather than be a good mother to her 13 year old son, who she believes is distracting. Despite the slightly horrifying stories that make up this memoir, Burroughs' writing style is interesting and humorous, making this a great read.
Some readers may find that this memoir is full of grotesque stories that could appear to be made up, and according to the lawsuit filed against Burroughs in 2005, they are. However, by looking past this and instead focusing on the author's growth as a writer and an individual, it is clear he has become a free thinker who is confident in his notions about life. Initially, he was a young boy obsessed with his dreams and his hair, but by the end, he is an adult who is aware that he has the ability to make his own decisions.
I found this memoir to be extremely riveting. Yes, the stories within the story are often disgusting and sad, but overall, I thought it was a fantastic book. The author reels you in from the opening chapters and continues to engross you in his childhood tales. I often asked myself while reading, “Did that really just happen?” This book is definitely for a mature audience, but anyone falling into that category can enjoy it.
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conneroz, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by conneroz)
Excellent book. Full of experiences that are twisted to the point that many people can actually relate to them. A nice change from the banal cookie cutter life that doesn't really exist and few can ever connect with. Great work as usual from Augusten Burroughs.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312422271
Author:
Burroughs, Augusten
Publisher:
Picador USA
Author:
Chester, Adam
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Amherst
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Burroughs, Augusten - Childhood and youth
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Picador ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
TR-03-5
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 color illustrations
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.36 x 5.46 x 0.91 in

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Product details 320 pages Picador USA - English 9780312422271 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[H]ilarious, freaky-deaky, berserk, controlled, transcendent, touching, affectionate, vengeful, all-embracing."
"Review" by , "If you love Sedaris, you'll fold over laughing with Running with Scissors, a witty and hilarious memoir."
"Review" by , "Burroughs rises above the standard...by making all these people, cuckoo clocks that they are, human and knowable."
"Review" by , "Beautifully written with a finely tuned sense of style and wit...this memoir of a nightmarish youth is both compulsively entertaining and tremendously provocative."
"Review" by , "A memoir that is both horrifying and mordantly funny....[It] just might be the most aptly titled book ever written."
"Review" by , "[A] hilarious and horrifying memoir."
"Review" by , "Edgier but reminiscent of Dave Eggers' Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, this is a survival story readers won't forget."
"Review" by , "Burroughs has written an entertaining yet horrifying account that isn't for the squeamish: the scatological content and explicit homosexual episodes may limit its appeal. Recommended for the adventurous seeking an unsettling experience among the grotesque."
"Review" by , "[A]n American Grotesque....[T]hat the tale is true only adds to the hilarity — and the horror."
"Review" by , "[S]howing off a dark wit that often rivals that of David Sedaris."
"Review" by , "Burroughs has produced a memoir that's funny and sharp, but also humane...as charming as it is revealing."
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