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Running with Scissors : A Memoir
Running with Scissors A Memoir
Author: Augusten Burroughs
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 befriend...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312425418
ISBN-10: 0312425414
Publication Date: 9/5/2006
Pages: 336
Edition: Reissue
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 404 ratings
Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 56
This is definitely an R rated book. There are explicit homosexual sex scenes, language and drugs. Even though the writing was excellent with well defined characters and it flowed in an easy pattern, it was too graphic and the humor too dark for me. I will not be looking for another book by Augusten Burroughs.
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Helpful Score: 50
Funny, witty, caustic. I almost don't want to repost it because I'm sure I'll want to read it again. While it's harsh and full of vulgarity, I don't feel that it detracts from the story.
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Helpful Score: 45
Found this one humourous but somewhat self-indulgent and a bit disturbing. The writing style didn't particularly "flow" for me--I think there are much better "bad childhood memoirs" out there: the Lauck books, the Glass Castle, "Falling Leaves", "Angela's Ashes".

For a VERY humourous (not abusive) childhood memoir written in a much more dynamic and absorbing style, read "Devil in the Details" by a different author.

I just didn't like this book much, and didn't find much redeeming or profound about any of the people in it, including the author.
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Helpful Score: 27
I hated this book and was unable to finish it. Well written but a real downer story about some people who have no business being around children, much less raising them. Maybe there is some great revelation at the end or something but it was just too depressing for me to wade through.
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Helpful Score: 27
I couldn't even finish this book. It is definitely not one that I would recommend to anyone.
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Didn't enjoy this book at all. Didn't get the point- was there a point?
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Great book. It took me a minute to get into it.. but once I did, it was quite a ride. Funny & horrifying all at the same time. Each chapter focuses on a specific event or series of events that occured during his childhood, starting from about 11-12 years old, and ending at 17. As far as memoirs go.. this one will probably be the most interesting one you'll ever read.

I'm looking forward to watching the movie -- although I'm sure there's LOTS that will be left out.
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Good book. i didn't see the movie. The book was a little weird. I like David Sadaris better, but still a good read.


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