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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Augusten Burroughs Narrator: Augusten Burroughs Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593971380
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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.

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  • Running with Scissors is a bawdy, outrageous, often hilarious account…some of this story might have been imagined by William Burroughs…In keeping with this book’s dauntless comic timing, this guy doesn’t miss a beat.”

    Janet Maslin, The New York Times
  • “… hilarious, freaky-deaky, berserk, controlled, transcendent, touching, affectionate, vengeful, all-embracing. It makes you happy that there’s such a thing in the world as a string of written words.”

    Carolyn See, The Washington Post
  • “Beautifully written with a finely tuned sense of style and wit…this memoir of a nightmarish youth is both compulsively entertaining and tremendously provocative.”

    Publishers Weekly
  • “Ever wonder what it might be like to grow up in a lunatic asylum run by the lunatics? Augusten Burroughs’ hilarious and horrifying memoir, Running with Scissors, tells the story…”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Nominated for Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Nominee, 2003
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About the Author
Author Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs is the author of the autobiographical works Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking, Possible Side Effects, and A Wolf at the Table, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. Running with Scissors remained on the bestseller list for over two consecutive years and was made into a Golden Globe-nominated film starring Annette Bening. His only novel, Sellevision, is currently in development as a series for NBC. Dry, Augusten’s memoir of his alcoholism and recovery, is being developed by Showtime. In addition, Burroughs is currently creating an original prime-time series for CBS. He Lives in New York City and Massachusetts.