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Running with Scissors

by Augusten Burroughs

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Series: Augusten Burroughs autobiographies

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True story of a boy whose mother gave him away to be raised by a psychiatrist. He had to survive a bizarre household where there were no rules.
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    vancouverdeb: Look Me in the Eye written by John Elder Robinson, the elder brother ofAugusten Burroughs who wrote Running with Scissors. Each gives a different take on their dysfunctional family.
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    Anonymous user: A young poet battling apathy with drugs and other forms of experimental coping methods.
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WOW! Unbelievable. The only reason it is believable is it is hard to imagine soemone with such an imagination to make this stuff up. It is amazing and terribly sad that people raise their kids this way. I did enjoy the book though and had a hard time putting it down. I really wanted to know how these people were going to live to adulthood. I am not sure I want to see the movie though. I probably will some day though. Thanx again for including me in this ray. It is packaged up waiting for an address for the next person. ( )
  KyleneJones | Apr 25, 2022 |
People have compared this book to David Sedaris's books, but I don't think it's nearly as good. I was deeply disturbed by some of the events in his life, about which he writes lightly. At least in Sedaris's books you felt the pathos of an event even if part of it was funny. ( )
  Dairyqueen84 | Mar 15, 2022 |
I just didn't dig the author's style and I couldn't get past the first few pages. ( )
  zeropluszeroisone | Jan 30, 2022 |
Yes, I listened to "Running with Scissors" in one sitting. It was one of the strangest books I have ever heard or read, almost hard to believe. However, some of the things in my life have been pretty unbelievable too. I'm glad that Augusten Burroughs could laugh about the insanity and let us in on it. I hope he got some therapy.

I'm also glad that his mom realized that the doc was not a good doctor. ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
Self indulgent ( )
  envyensor | Aug 12, 2021 |
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You will either love Running With Scissors or you will hate it. I loved it. OK, there are tedious passages, when you feel Burroughs is doing the writerly equivalent of adding extra stuffing to a perfectly comfortable beanbag. But it is impossible not to laugh at all the jokes; to admire the sardonic, fetid tone; to wonder, slack-jawed and agog, at the sheer looniness of the vista he conjures up.
added by Nevov | editThe Observer, Rachel Cooke (Feb 23, 2003)
The book, which promotes visceral responses (of laughter, wincing, retching) on nearly every page, contains the kind of scenes that are often called harrowing but which are also plainly funny and rich with child's-eye details of adults who have gone off the rails.

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My mother is standing in front of the bathroom mirror smelling polished and ready; like Jean Nate, Dippity Do and the waxy sweetness of lipstick.
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True story of a boy whose mother gave him away to be raised by a psychiatrist. He had to survive a bizarre household where there were no rules.

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A memoir. A story told about a young boy's life living with his delusional mother, her unorthodox shrink, and his dysfunctional kids. A very interesting read!!!
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