I saw the cover and chuckled, thinking, aw, this will be a cute story. My God, how wrong was I? Augusten Burroughs writes a memoir of his young years growing up in not only one, but two totally disfunctional households. His parents despise each other and you begin to wonder on which page one might kill the other. 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?