Running With Scissors

Running With Scissors

A Memoir

Book - 2006
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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. 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. Running with Scissors Acknowledgments
Gratitude doesn't begin to describe it: Jennifer Enderlin, Christopher Schelling, John Murphy, Gregg Sullivan, Kim Cardascia, Michael Storrings, and everyone at St. Martin's Press. Thank you: Lawrence David, Suzanne Finnamore, Robert Rodi, Bret Easton Ellis, Jon Pepoon, Lee Lodes, Jeff Soares, Kevin Weidenbacher, Lynda Pearson, Lona Walburn, Lori Greenburg, John DePretis, and Sheila Cobb. I would also like to express my appreciation to my mother and father for, no matter how inadvertently, giving me such a memorable childhood. Additionally, I would like to thank the real-life members of the family portrayed in this book for taking me into their home and accepting me as one of their own. I recognize that their memories of the events described in this book are different than my own. They are each fine, decent, and hard-working people. The book was not intended to hurt the family. Both my publisher and I regret any unintentional harm resulting from the publishing and marketing of Running with Scissors. Most of all, I would like to thank my brother for demonstrating, by example, the importance of being wholly unique.
Publisher: New York Picador 2006
Edition: 2nd Picador ed
ISBN: 9780312425418
0312425414
Characteristics: 315 p

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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.

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.

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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