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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (171,724 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Augusten Burroughs Narrator: Augusten Burroughs Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being 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 house 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 is a truly amazing chronicle of an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances. 

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  • “A bawdy, outrageous, often hilarious account…In keeping with this book’s dauntless comic timing, this guy doesn’t miss a beat.”

    New York Times

  • “Outrageously amusing.”

    Entertainment Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ajinkya Kulkarni | 2/18/2014

    " Funny and scandalising at the same time. Some plot elements are outrageously comic. I still don't buy the fact that this is a memoir in entirety. Some embellishment has surely been done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Miriam Vitale | 2/14/2014

    " An amazing start to a life.....great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Annamarie | 2/9/2014

    " Good, but a bit bizarre. Heard the movie was awful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maddie Hothem | 2/8/2014

    " I love Augusten Burroughs writing style and honestie about his life. He is a insperation to me to take up writing. I hope to continue to read his books in the future! "

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