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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (171,503 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Augusten Burroughs Narrator: Augusten Burroughs Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jon-david Mafia Hairdresser | 2/20/2014

    " The film sucked. The book was tense and silly. Like a boy, in box, with nowhere to run. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jiill | 2/14/2014

    " I found myself scouring the Internet after reading this book attempting to find out if the outrageous stories presented by the author are really truths. It turns out there was a lawsuit against the author for basically embellishing his stories. Regardless, he gets a high mark from me for creatively penning this crazy book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kerri | 2/10/2014

    " I found myself laughing hysterically at this book while simultaneously shaking my head in horror.... is how someone started to review this book and i coukdn't say it any better! It's the story of the author's life between 13-16. His mother began to have psychotic episodes and finds her way to a bizarree psychiatrist, Dr. Finch. Soon, every aspect of their lives are touched by Dr. Finch and his equally bizarre family. At times, the events are horrifying... think molestation, drug use and rape but remarkably, Burrough's manages to find the humor even in these situations. This book left me scratching my head in disbelief that these people actually exhist! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Miranda Tavares | 1/26/2014

    " Never has someone's disturbing past been told in such a matter-of-fact and often hilarious way. His other stuff is better, but this is still enjoyable. "

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