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Released: 2003-06-01

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Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs


 the number 1 new york occasions Bestseller An recreational Weekly top Ten guide of the one year Now a massive motion image operating with Scissors is the actual tale of a boy whose mom (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by the use of her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a placing resemblance to Santa Claus. So on the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidentificationst Victorian squalor living with the physician’s odd completely, and befriending a pedophile who residentificationed within the outside shed. the story of an outlaw early life the place laws were exceptional, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year spherical, the place Valium used to be once ate up like sweet, and if problems got dull an electroshock- treatment system would possibly provide entertainment. The funnew york, harrowing and bestselling account of an peculiar boy’s survival underneath essentially the most furtherpeculiar cases. operating with Scissors Acknowledgments
Gratitude doesn’t start to describe it: Jennifer Enderlin, Christopher Schelling, John Murphy, Gregg Sullivan, Kim Cardascia, Michael Storrings, and everybody at St. Martin’s Press. thank you: Lawrence Davidentification, Suzanne Finnamore, Robert Rodi, Bret Easton Ellis, Jon Pepoon, Lee Lodes, Jeff Soares, Kevin Weidentificationenbacher, Lynda Pearson, Lona Walburn, Lori Greenburg, John DePretis, and Sheila Cobb. i might additionally like to express my appreciation to my mother and father for, without reference to how inadvertently, giving me such a memorable early life. additionally, I wish to thank the true-life family members portrayed in this ebook for taking me into their house and accepting me as one in every of their very own. I acknowledge thon their reminiscences of the occasions defined in this ebook are as opposed to my very own. they are every superb, first rate, and difficult-working folks. The ebook used to be once no longer meant to hurt the completely. both my publisher and i remorseful about anew york unintended hurt as a result of the publishing and advertising of operating with Scissors. problems all, I wish to thank my brother for demonstrating, by the use of instance, the importance of being completely distinctive.
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there is a passage early in Augusten Burroughscff0478#three9;s harrowing and highly fun memoir, operating with Scissors, that speaks volumes in regards to the writer. whilst going to the rubbish dump at the side of his father, younger Augusten spots a chipped, glass-top coffee table that he longs to ship house. "I knew I would possibly duvet the chip by the use of fanning a display of magazines on the surface, like in a physiciancff0478#three9;s place of business," he writes, "And it indisputably mightncff0478#three9;t be grimy after I polished it with Windex for 3 hours." there were indisputably numerous chips within the early life Burroughs describes: an alcoholic father, an unstable mom who provides him up for adoption to her therapist, and an early life spent as a part of the therapistcff0478#three9;s eccentric extended completely, gobbling prescription meds and fooling aspherical with the 2 an vintage electroshock system and a pedophile who lives in a shed out once more. however just as he dreamed of doing with that vintage table, Burroughs employs a energetic instrument of adornment and fervent sharpening to a life that manew york might have merely thrown in a landfill. despite her abandonment, he under no circumstances provides up on his increasingly more unsteadinessd mom. And quite than melancholy approximately his lot, he glamorizes it: making plans a "good looks empire" and acting an a capella version of "You light up My lifestyles" at an area mental ward. Burroughscff0478#three9;s perspective achieves a an important steadiness for a memoir: emotional however no longer self-involved, observant however no longer medical, funnew york however no longer deliberately comedian. And itcff0478#three9;s in the end a really feel-good tale: as he steers via a troublesome early life, therecff0478#three9;s all the time a way that Burroughscff0478#three9;s survivor mentality will knowledge him via and thon the coffee table may well be salvaged in the end. --John Moe

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creator: Augusten BurroughsPublisher: PicadorBinding: Paperonce moreLanguage: EnglishPages: three20

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