Running with Scissors: A Memoir

Running with Scissors: A Memoir

Book rating: 04 Paperback

By (author) Augusten Burroughs

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 28mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 12 February 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843541513
  • ISBN 13: 9781843541516
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 24,389

Product description

This is the story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of grandeur) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa Claus and a certifiable lunatic into the bargain. Suddenly at the age of 12, Augusten found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian house in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients and a paedophile living in the garden shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules or school. The Christmas tree stayed up until Summer and valium was chomped down like sweets. When things got a bit slow, there was always the ancient electroshock therapy machine under the stairs.

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AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS is the eighteenth grandson of King James the Second of Scotland. Not that this has done him the slightest good. He has no hobbies, interests or skills, other than writing about himself. He lives in New York.

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By Naquita Smith 06 Apr 2013 4

INCREDIBLY FUNNY and very well written. A definite must have book for your collection. :)

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'This true story is a match for the strangest... Running with Scissors reads like an extremely well crafted and crazed sitcom, a mix of Jerry Springer and Seinfeld... Funny, moving and extraordinary' Christina Patterson, Independent 'Twisted, hilarious and relentlessly bizarre... It single-handedly redefines the term "fucked up childhood"' Sleazenation 'Bawdy, outrageous, often hilarious... so flippant and so insanely funny' New York Times 'A story so strange, it could never be fiction... deftly written, smart and funny' GQ'Burroughs will be hard pressed ever to better this, his debut effort... It's one you'll never forget' Alice Fisher, Time Out 'Dave Pelzer with a whoopee cushion attached... Genuinely memorable' Observer TOP 50 CULTURAL EVENTS OF THE SEASON 'This is the Brady Bunch on Viagra... it is impossible not to laugh at all the jokes; to admire the sardonic, fetid tone; to wonder, slack-jawed and agog, at the sheer looniness of the vista he conjures up' Rachel Cooke, Observer