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Running with scissors : a memoir by Augusten…

Running with scissors : a memoir (edition 2006)

by Augusten Burroughs

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Title:Running with scissors : a memoir
Authors:Augusten Burroughs
Info:New York: St. Martin's Press, [2006?], c2002. 304 p. ; 22 cm.
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Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

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I Cannot believe that anyone would give this 5 stars. This was a painful "Memoir" (that has been re-categorized as a "novel" since the defamation of character and libelous lawsuit filed against the author has settled out of court. Part of that settlement agreement was to change it from memoir to novel, and to refer to it as a novel only).

It is not humorous or clever (as critics have touted it). Well, I suppose one could call it humorous if you find someone tripping, falling, and sustaining several compound fractures in their body as a humorous event.

This is a "memoir" that was written by a person suffering from narcissistic personality disorder. And if you don't believe me, his REAL name was Christopher Robison before he changed it to Augusten Xon Burroughs. XON?!?! Really?!? Narcissistic much? ( )
  ppmarkgraf | May 5, 2018 |
Was surprised to find this on my "to-read" shelf considering I read it a couple of years ago! I really loved it, so much so that I shortly thereafter read Dry and You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas. Those were both excellent as well, and I'm looking forward to devour more of his books! ( )
  merrittfamily1990 | May 1, 2018 |
2.5 stars.

To quote Augusten Burroughs himself, "I was mortified, but fascinated."

I'm not sure fascinated is the right word here. Perhaps curious would be a better choice. Reading/listening to this book was a bit like driving by a train wreck. You don't want to look, but curiosity gets the best of you, and so you do. Then you kind of regret it.

I was a bit taken aback by some of the crudeness in this book. I could have done without a lot of the details, particularly when it came to what was essentially statutory rape of a 13-year-old boy by a 38-year-old man.

I also found myself wondering how much of this memoir was based on truth. Can one person really have so many utterly deranged people in his life? Did he not know one normal human being? I guess normalcy doesn't make for as interesting a story. It's the dysfunctional that we find humorous. Except, I didn't find this all that funny. Some of it, yes, but much of it just made me cringe. ( )
  Brightraven | Apr 26, 2018 |
If psychology interests you, this is a good read. If true, the life experiences the author describes will make your jaw drop. ( )
  godmotherx5 | Apr 5, 2018 |
Meh. ( )
  Kim_Sasso | Mar 14, 2018 |
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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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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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There is a passage early in Augusten Burroughs's harrowing and highly entertaining memoir, Running with Scissors, that speaks volumes about the author. While going to the garbage dump with his father, young Augusten spots a chipped, glass-top coffee table that he longs to bring home. "I knew I could hide the chip by fanning a display of magazines on the surface, like in a doctor's office," he writes, "And it certainly wouldn't be dirty after I polished it with Windex for three hours." There were certainly numerous chips in the childhood Burroughs describes: an alcoholic father, an unstable mother who gives him up for adoption to her therapist, and an adolescence spent as part of the therapist's eccentric extended family, gobbling prescription meds and fooling around with both an old electroshock machine and a pedophile who lives in a shed out back. But just as he dreamed of doing with that old table, Burroughs employs a vigorous program of decoration and fervent polishing to a life that many would have simply thrown in a landfill. Despite her abandonment, he never gives up on his increasingly unbalanced mother. And rather than despair about his lot, he glamorizes it: planning a "beauty empire" and performing an a capella version of "You Light Up My Life" at a local mental ward. Burroughs's perspective achieves a crucial balance for a memoir: emotional but not self-involved, observant but not clinical, funny but not deliberately comic. And it's ultimately a feel-good story: as he steers through a challenging childhood, there's always a sense that Burroughs's survivor mentality will guide him through and that the coffee table will be salvaged after all. --John Moe

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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.

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