Running with Scissors: A Memoir

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Macmillan, Jul 10, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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 psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules, there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock therapy machine under the stairs....

Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances. Running with Scissors Acknowledgments
Gratitude doesn’t begin to describe it: Jennifer Enderlin, Christopher Schelling, John Murphy, Gregg Sullivan, Kim Cardascia, Michael Storrings, and everyone at St. Martin’s Press. Thank you: Lawrence David, Suzanne Finnamore, Robert Rodi, Bret Easton Ellis, Jon Pepoon, Lee Lodes, Jeff Soares, Kevin Weidenbacher, Lynda Pearson, Lona Walburn, Lori Greenburg, John DePretis, and Sheila Cobb. I would also like to express my appreciation to my mother and father for, no matter how inadvertently, giving me such a memorable childhood. Additionally, I would like to thank the real-life members of the family portrayed in this book for taking me into their home and accepting me as one of their own. I recognize that their memories of the events described in this book are different than my own. They are each fine, decent, and hard-working people. The book was not intended to hurt the family. Both my publisher and I regret any unintentional harm resulting from the publishing and marketing of Running with Scissors. Most of all, I would like to thank my brother for demonstrating, by example, the importance of being wholly unique.
  

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Made me really uncomfortable and was unsettling - I kept feeling like the crazy was going to rub off on me in my real life while reading this. Glad I read it but I was happy it was over. Overall disturbing experience. Read full review

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I feel less intelligent for having read this book. The thing that most upsets about this book is the fact that I finished it. Read full review

Contents

SOMETHING ISNT RIGHT
1
LITTLE BOY BLUE NAVY BLAZER
9
THE MASTURBATORIUM
30
IMAGINE MY SHOCK
38
THE CLEANING LADY
56
JUST ADD WATER
68
THE BURNING BUSH
80
PURE PROJECTION
91
HERE KITTY KITTY
182
I WOULD DYE FOR YOU
194
A FAMILY AFFAIR
202
INQUIRE WITHIN
214
LIFE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
226
YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A SEX OBJECT
239
THIN AIR
251
ALLSTAR RUNNING BACK
256

HE WAS RAISED WITHOUT A PROPER DIAGNOSIS
103
THE JOY OF SEX PRETEEN EDITION
110
SCHOOL DAZE
119
THE SEVENANDAHALFINCH DISASTER
139
QUEEN HELENE CHOLESTEROL
152
TOILET BOWL READINGS
165
PHLEGMED BEFORE A LIVE AUDIENCE
174
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
265
OH CHRISTMAS TREE
273
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS
282
YOURE GONNA MAKE IT AFTER ALL
293
EPILOGUE
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About the author (2002)

Augusten Burroughs is the author of Dry, Magical Thinking: True Stories, Possible Side Effects, A Wolf at the Table and You Better Not Cry. He is also the author of the novel Sellevision, which is currently in development for film. The film version of Running with Scissors, directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Brad Pitt, was released in October 2006 and starred Joseph Cross, Brian Cox, Annette Bening (nominated for a Golden Globe for her role), Alec Baldwin and Evan Rachel Wood. Augusten's writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world including The New York Times and New York Magazine. In 2005 Entertainment Weekly named him one of “The 25 Funniest People in America.” He resides in New York City and Western Massachusetts.

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