Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

"In this wildly eccentric memoir we see Augustus's dysfunctional life growing up in a home where his mother falls in love with her therapist, who then moves in with them.  Throughout the book, we see how trauma becomes a crucial part of his life and the role humor plays in coping with said trauma. Hilarious, captivating, and other-worldly, this book is a must read."  - Recommended by Jess

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780312422271
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Published: Picador - June 1st, 2003

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.