Running with Scissors

Running with Scissors The true story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of the Christmas tree stayed up all year round Valium was consumed like candy and if things got dull an electroshock therapy machine c

  • Title: Running with Scissors
  • Author: Augusten Burroughs
  • ISBN: 9780312283704
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The true story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock therapy machine could provide entertainment.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 unorthodox psThe true story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock therapy machine could provide entertainment.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 unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor s bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock therapy machine could provide entertainment The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

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    About “Augusten Burroughs

    • Augusten Burroughs

      Augusten Burroughs born Christopher Robison, son of poet and writer Margaret Robison and younger brother of John Elder Robison.Burroughs has no formal education beyond elementary school A very successful advertising copywriter for over seventeen years, he was also an alcoholic who nearly drank himself to death in 1999 But spurned by a compulsion he did not understand, Burroughs began to write a novel Never outlining or consciously structuring the book, Burroughs wrote, as fast as I could type, to keep up Seven days later, Augusten Burroughs had written his first book He had also stopped drinking The book was published one year later Burroughs remains sober to this day And Sellevision stands as Burroughs s only published novel It is currently in development as a feature film.Augusten s second book was a memoir It was also a publishing phenomenon that helped to ignite a kind of memoir fever in America and abroad Running with Scissors was released in 2001 to virtually unanimous critical acclaim The memoir would ultimately remain on the New York Times bestseller list for over four consecutive years, eight months of which were spent in the 1 position The film, starring Annette Benning, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jill Clayburgh and Alec Baldwin was released in 2005.He has since published four additional autobiographical volumes Dry, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking and A Wolf at the Table , all of them bestsellers Currently published in over thirty countries, Augusten s book readings have become massively popular events on numerous continents He has also headlined for the most prestigious literary festivals in the world, most recently the 2008 Melbourne writer s Festival, where he and Germaine Greer delivered the keynote addresses on opening night In addition, Burroughs speaks regularly at colleges and universities on topics ranging from alcoholism and sexual abuse to the art of authoring one s own life and humor as serious medicine.Twice honored by Entertainment Weekly as one of 25 funniest people in America, Burroughs shocked fans and the media alike with the release of A Wolf at the Table in early 2008 The brutal, terrifying and decidedly unfunny book instantly generated a storm of publicity and controversy Critics were deeply divided, and the book received some of the worst and best reviews of the author s career The book tour for A Wolf at the Table, spanned some six months and four countries, as Augusten performed for the largest crowds of his career A Wolf at the Table is Augusten s bestselling hardcover to date.While critics continue to challenge the veracity of Burroughs s books, questioning everything from his alcoholism and advertising career to his earliest childhood memories, the author remains nonplussed, even philosophical To be a journalist with a major American newspaper or magazine, you have to have an A list college education And to get into that A list college, you had to do very well in the right high school So the chances are, you were not being fucked up the ass at age twelve by a pedophile The facts of my life are generally questioned by extremely privileged and well educated people who, likely than not, learned most of what they know about life s dangerous, shocking and sometimes unbelievable underbelly from books, television and the occasional Quentin Tarrantino film The reason my books continue to sell, despite frequently being dismissed as unbelievable, is because the people who read my books recognize the truth that is in them They know the scent They have smelled it The very details the media view with such suspicion are the same details that prove to my reader, this guy was there I remember that, too uscmillan author august

    866 thoughts on “Running with Scissors

    • I talk about this all the time, so here, definitively, is my explanation of the four categories of memoir. 1) People who have had seriously interesting / crazy lives, and who also happen to be terrific writers, able to render their stories in a compelling, original way (like David Small's brilliant Stitches, or what I consider the gold-standard memoir, Nick Flynn's breathtaking Another Bullshit Night in Suck City).2) People whose lives are interesting / crazy enough that it really doesn't matter [...]


    • I found this book profoundly disturbing and torturous to read. I understand that it is cleansing and theraputic for those that have been traumitized to write/talk aobut their problems to help with the healing process. There are very few things that my ironclad stomach can't suffer and my brain is developed enough to handle even the most shocking of situations. This book tested my patience from begining to end and in the end I was very dissapointed.First off, from reviews and the book cover I was [...]


    • She wasn't "Let's paint the kitchen red" crazy. She was full on head in the oven, toothpaste sandwich, I am God crazy.raphrased, but you get it


    • I read this book in about four hours. & maybe that's as good an encapsulation of the experience as I can give.I like the eccentric, non-plot-driven memoir that sounds too strange to be true and because it exists, because it ACTUALLY happened (unlike you, James Frey!!), it merits thoughts about American families in addition to the ironies of self-obsessed psychologies.Written in cute concise prose, even if some jokes do not actually make you laugh but sicken you to the point of feeling truly [...]


    • I learned, along with the rest of my reading group, that running with scissors is preferable to reading this book.


    • Family settles with "Running with Scissors" author, publisherBy Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press Writer | August 29, 2007BOSTON --A family that claimed author Augusten Burroughs defamed them in his best-selling book "Running with Scissors" has settled a lawsuit against the author and his publisher, their attorney said Wednesday.Burroughs and his publisher, St. Martin's Press, agree to call the work a "book" instead of "memoirs," in the author's note and to change the acknowledgments page in futu [...]


    • (Today's review is much longer than ' word-count limitations. Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)I've mentioned here regularly the entire idea of there being an "underground-arts canon;" that is, that just like the academic community, what we call the modern cutting-edge arts has now been around long enough (arguably since the ear [...]


    • Burroughs offers a book that is supposedly a memoir. If so, then truth is definitely stranger than fiction. Let’s say I am skeptical. If you thought you had a tough adolescence a look at Burroughs’ tale will put your experience into a little perspective. He grew up in western Massachusetts to a mother who was probably bi-polar, in what seems like ground zero for inappropriate behavior. She was seeing a peculiar psychiatrist who had a fondness for having patients come to live at his home, a c [...]


    • It has been said that Truman Capote's last book, "Answered Prayers," cost him the friendship of almost everyone he knew at that time in his life, and it has even been speculated that this contributed to his demise. He had mined the personal secrets and character flaws of those around him for literary gold, and most probably embellished as brilliant authors often do. The characters were apparently easily correlated to their real-life counterparts.And so, things haven't changed all that much. Augu [...]


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    • When I read this book, I was really appalled that people would classify it as a comedy, and that the makers of the film would treat it as such. I thought it was one of the most tragic things I have ever read in my life. The fact that this kid had to deal with not only his crazy parents, but an entirely crazy family is heartbreaking. And it's not just that they're quirky, like everyone seems to make them out to be, but they really are insane. And in the worst possible way. And then he gets totall [...]



    • I was interested in reading this after getting hints of the story in Burroughs' brother's memoir "Look Me in the Eye". My honest reaction? This book made me deeply uncomfortable. Oh, I kept reading it, the same way I and everyone else would keep eyeballing a car accident, as the old cliché goes. But there was a part of me that honestly couldn't believe that all of this stuff was real. And if it was, how could Burroughs write about it almost as if it was a years-long romp? (I know I go against a [...]


    • This book is supposed to be funny?! I kept waiting for the amusement as I waded through increasingly appalling characters that were not likable, interesting, or remotely relatable. Crazy and abusive is not quirky and lovable. Well I suppose there is a way to write it that way, but this is written with a tinge of bitterness. What is so amusing about royally screwing up a child's life?Between books I'd try to get back into this story that was ok but not good enough to grab my attention. But it's a [...]


    • In his diary, the young Augusten a little gay and very stuck tells his arrival in the mad house Finch, that of his mother's psychologist and just as crazy!Burroughs is certainly good at writing American series scripts with humor and imagination It's nice but I regret that this factory with heavy gags erases all the sensitivity of the first part.(You will see everything you can imagine worse in a psychiatric hospital, boring kids on the carpet, scraping dandruff, and he outbid with blowjobs, va [...]


    • I'm really not a fan of this memoir craze, and Running With Scissors is no exception. It shows potential in some parts, where the author puts down the 2x4 he was using to beat you over the head with and just tells a story. Most of the time, though, he's not-so-subtly reminding you that he had a terrible childhood, his dad hated him, his mum was crazy, he didn't have anyone, etc. Yawn. In an age where 52% of marriages end in divorce, this is everyone's story. Now it's just a pissing match to see [...]


    • I know the family, I know the ego-crazed and self-indulgent overgrown baby who wrote this book, and I find it not only sloppily written but vicious and hate-filled. It's a mother-bashing, lesbian-bashing, lying heap of crap. You can see I am worked up about it. I wouldn't mind if it were called a novel (which it is). I only object to its being called a "memoir." Read instead Jackie Leyden's beautiful hymn to the mixed blessings of growing up with a mother who had bipolar disorder, DAUGHTER OF TH [...]



    • This book was hilarious and horrifying, at once raucous and deeply disturbing. Burroughs writes like a man who has not entirely made peace with his madhouse childhood but has found a certain kind of solace in his off-center coping mechanisms. His anecdotes are hysterical but mingled with catharses that are simply stated and give the impression of a friendly confidence. This was Burroughs' biggest claim-to-fame book, quite possibly because of the sheer shock value compared with his other novels [ [...]


    • I love this book. The abysmal movie that was made of it was a travesty, because this bookI relate to the crazy family part, that's all I'm saying about it :)


    • I read this when it first came out in 2003 and was instantly smitten with Augusten Burroughs. He cracks me up! You won't believe that the things he writes about really happened, but allegedly, they did. I read something recently about the shrink's family and their denial about several things in the book. If you were them, wouldn't you try to deny it too, though? Anyway, great read, will have you laughing out loud. This is not your mother's kind of book, you've got to be young and hip and open-mi [...]


    • I have to warm you that I am going to give a spoiler here, the spoiler I happened upon as I had just begun reading this book and was just hooked enough by the descriptive style of writing and interesting content that I wanted to continue regardless. However, the spoiler ultimately affected my experience of the book and may affect yours as well. So don't read this, unless you've already read the book.The family that "Augusten Burroughs" focuses most of his memoir around are suing him. They say th [...]


    • Leo Tolstoy writes, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”I’ve always read “happy families” in that quotation as meaning normal families, and assumed by its positioning that normal, happy families were more prevalent. I wonder. Tolstoy’s dichotomy seems simplistic. I’m not sure I know any family that is routinely happy or normal. My parents and brother always ensured I’d win any “crazy family” contest hands down, but even the ostensibl [...]


    • Funny and very well written.The graphic homosexual sex scenes will be too much for some readers but were contextually relevant. I have tried since reading this to understand Burroughs' quirky, angst obsessive postmodernist world view, and perhaps he cannot put a definite label on it either, but then on the other hand, Burroughs' may be one of those special writers whose opinions and style rightly fit into the "other" category of literary genres and upon which a label does not easily apply. For t [...]


    • I won this copy of Running with Scissors in a Giveaway. This is my fair and honest review!2.5/5.0 StarsOkay I’ve procrastinated long enough on this one. I really, really wanted to love this book but, despite all the rave reviews and critical acclaim, I just didn’t feel it. Please don’t hate me all you Augusten Burroughs fans out there. This book confused the heck out of me and I simply could not get past the pedophilia. Confused? You bet! This is a memoir about some pretty serious and dis [...]


    • Alternatve Title: Stabbing Yourself with ScissorsI've always looked at this book, picked it up, and put it back down. I was wary because it seemed like something Sedaris would write, and I really hate Sedaris. Also, look at the cover. Always judge books by covers! It's in sepia-uh oh, you know it's a memoir. And he's got a box on his head-he must be crazy! Still, I'd heard people liked it, so when I came across it in my local used bookstore, I thought I'd give it a try.I got through 20 pages. Ma [...]


    • I began this book Monday night, 3/24. I almost decided to put it down, thinking, "Oh, here we go. Another memoir with witty inclusions of past pop culture, preying on my nostalgia." But then, I couldn't get over Burroughs' memory of the details from the past, such as the ticking of a cooling hair dryer or how he felt when dressed just so. And then I thought, "This guy can't be for real. He's making up details to fill the space." But I decided to keep going after his description of the dump run w [...]


    • I quit reading this book halfway through. Like I read in another review, he's a bit of a David Sedaris wannabe. There's sort of a dark, absurd humor going on. I think he thinks he's being "light" by treating the subject matter "lightly," and sometimes it works. (I actually love David Sedaris, by the way, but I prefer listening to him over reading him.). As opposed to Mr. Sedaris, this guy gets really vulgar, offensive, and disgusting. It's all in the name of "art" I suppose, but I'm pretty toler [...]


    • Boring Prose sprinkled with the kind of sensationalism that can only come from a man with the hubris to change his name from Chris Robinson to Augusten Xon Burroughs.I wanted this to be a one-sentence review, because that's all it deserves, but I just can't: XON!!!??? FUCKING XON!!!???? WHERE IS MY GODDAMN INTERROBANG!!!!????? JUST CALL YOURSELF XENU FOR SHIT'S SAKE. CHRISTING FUCKBELLY TURDSQUABBLE.


    • I began this memoir only knowing that it was controversial -- some of the people depicted in these pages claim that Burroughs greatly embellished past events, while Burroughs himself maintains the book's veracity. After doing some online research, I still can't determine who's telling the truth here, and so I can only judge the book's literary merit. And in that regard I have to say that Running with Scissors lives up to its hype. Burroughs' prose is crisp, his descriptions memorable -- e.g "My [...]


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