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Running with Scissors - A Memoir

Augusten Burroughs

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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. Running with Scissors Acknowledgments Gratitude doesn't begin to describe it: Jennifer Enderlin, Christopher Schelling, John Murphy, Gregg Sullivan, Kim Cardascia, Michael Storrings, and everyone at St. Martin's Press. Thank you: Lawrence David, Suzanne Finnamore, Robert Rodi, Bret Easton Ellis, Jon Pepoon, Lee Lodes, Jeff Soares, Kevin Weidenbacher, Lynda Pearson, Lona Walburn, Lori Greenburg, John DePretis, and Sheila Cobb. I would also like to express my appreciation to my mother and father for, no matter how inadvertently, giving me such a memorable childhood. Additionally, I would like to thank the real-life members of the family portrayed in this book for taking me into their home and accepting me as one of their own. I recognize that their memories of the events described in this book are different than my own. They are each fine, decent, and hard-working people. The book was not intended to hurt the family. Both my publisher and I regret any unintentional harm resulting from the publishing and marketing of Running with Scissors. Most of all, I would like to thank my brother for demonstrating, by example, the importance of being wholly unique.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 59m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:32


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:24


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

00:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:15


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:30


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:40


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:11