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Running with Scissors: A Memoir Paperback – June 1, 2003
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More About the Author
Twice named to Entertainment Weekly's list of the funniest people in America, Augusten has also been the subject of a Vanity Fair cover story and a Jeopardy! answer. His books have made guest appearances in two James Patterson novels, one Linkin Park music video, numerous television shows and a porn movie.
Augusten has been a photographer since childhood and many of his images can be seen on his website, www.augusten.com. He lives in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
Burrough's mother was a struggling poet who wanted to be like Anne Sexton, and, lacking any talent, she instead suffered Sexton's psychotic episodes. The father, unable to deal with his wife's instability, drank himself out of the relationship. Eventually, Burroughs is abandoned by his family and adopted by his mother's psychiatrist, a certifiable lunatic who dispenses drugs and sex far more diligently than sound advice and who believes discipline is an evil to be avoided at all costs. To complicate an already disastrous situation, other members of this adopted family include several deeply disturbed individuals, including a pedophile who finds a ready victim in the 14-year-old Burroughs.
I read this book two months ago, and, while I found it simultaneously appalling and enjoyable, I didn't know what to make of it. Since then, I've read several press reports that address some of the rumors generated by this book's publication. No, none of the people described in this book have sued (or threatened to sue) the author for libel. True, no child with the name "Augusten Burroughs" ever lived anywhere near Northampton--because Burroughs legally changed his name when he was 18. In sum, I've read nothing to indicate that Burroughs is making it all up.Read more ›
Mom is totally dependent on her psychiatrist, spending endless hours with him. He is portrayed as a Santa Claus-type person...
a right jolly old elf. When Augusten is left to stay with psychiatrist and family, we are plunged into a household that goes WAY beyond bizarre! You really have to read it to believe it. I honestly looked at his picture on the back cover at least
20 times while reading the book wondering how this guy could look so normal after what he had been through!
This is one mind-blowing read. I was so intrigued by his story that I went on NPR's web-site to listen to his interviews.
Gosh, he sounds so grounded...and yet how could it be?
Examples of what I mean: Did anyone feel as though they knew Natalie? We don't even get a clear description of her until the last few chapters, yet she's a main character. Same with Hope, who starts out as the capable and sweet receptionist of the dr. and is later shown as religious and weird- during the cat scene, I actually had to flip to the front of the book and verify that this was the same Finch daughter, because she was acting so different from the original image of her we had been given. Ditto for the dr. and the revelations at the end of the book about him (I won't give it away)- and for Augusten himself. These characters slowly begin to show their colors in the first few chapters, then suddenly they do a bunch of weird stuff and act in ways we don't expect, and then the book is abruptly over, with a dissatisfying epilogue about where these people ended up. We never get to know them on more than a surface level.
This could have been a classic memoir- Burroughs certainly had the material for one.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved every word of this memoir and alternatingly laughed out loud and wept with despair for the little Augusten. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Babbette Frank
Funny this was Not - so don't believe the jacket comments. It is Disturbing that anyone fell so terribly between the cracks of society's protective services for minors, and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by ColleenJulie
I'm a huge Augusten Burroughs fan. Beautiful and hysterical writing.Published 6 days ago by Jayne Fagan
One of the better entries in the "you can't make this up" genre of literature. Just when you think the characters or situations can't get more bizarre, you are proven... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Weddings and Pageants
It felt real. My heart went out to a boy tossed out to ride a storm, alone. Entranced I intend to read more.Published 7 days ago by Pat Miller
It was a shock to finally come to the knowledge that a child of mine has suffered from this condition all her life and how well she coped with her ignorant parents and became a... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Caroline Bertholf