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 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 ps The true story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, Valiu...

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Title:Running with Scissors
Author:Augusten Burroughs
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Running with Scissors
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Running with Scissors Reviews

  • Stephanie
    Aug 06, 2007
    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 affe...
  • eliza
    Apr 25, 2007
    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...
  • Oriana
    Jul 22, 2007
    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 ...
  • J.G. Keely
    May 26, 2007
    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!!...
  • Pixie
    Oct 28, 2007
    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 S...
  • Alex Templeton
    Jan 13, 2008
    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 cl...
  • Timothy
    Aug 29, 2007
    Family settles with "Running with Scissors" author, publisher By Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press Writer | August 29, 2007 BOSTON --A family that claimed author Augusten Burroughs defamed them in his best-selling book "Running with Scissors" has settled a lawsuit against the author...
  • Jason Pettus
    Jun 20, 2008
    (Today's review is much longer than Goodreads' word-count limitations. Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.) I've...
  • Paula
    Aug 22, 2007
    Alternatve Title: Stabbing Yourself with Scissors I'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 ...
  • Friend the Girl
    Oct 16, 2007
    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...
  • K.
    Sep 26, 2007
    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 we...
  • Annalisa
    Feb 12, 2008
    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...
  • Felicia
    Feb 25, 2008
    I love this book. The abysmal movie that was made of it was a travesty, because this book...I relate to the crazy family part, that's all I'm saying about it :) ...
  • Martin
    Dec 31, 2007
    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 ...
  • Tara
    Nov 30, 2008
    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 wi...
  • Angie
    Mar 23, 2008
    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 c...
  • Fabian
    Oct 26, 2008
    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 me...
  • John
    May 18, 2008
    My brother's account of our childhood and life with the Finches ...
  • Scott
    Jun 20, 2008
    She wasn't "Let's paint the kitchen red" crazy. She was full on head in the oven, toothpaste sandwich, I am God crazy.. paraphrased, but you get it.. ...
  • Mindy
    Jun 05, 2008
    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 ...
  • Will N Van
    Jun 12, 2008
    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...
  • Tina
    Jun 26, 2008
    I learned, along with the rest of my reading group, that running with scissors is preferable to reading this book. ...
  • Will Byrnes
    Feb 12, 2009
    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 M...
  • Ellen
    Mar 16, 2010
    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....
  • Lyn
    Jul 31, 2011
    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 i...
  • Don
    Jun 16, 2017
    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 ...
  • Carol
    Feb 10, 2018
    After digesting for over a month now, I still feel this autobiography-memoir beyond bizarre and belief....Can all of it really be true?Can I believe the doctor depict herein holds a medical degree from one of the most prestigious universities in America, i.e.....Yale? Hmmmmm....pretty ...
  • Bill
    Jul 09, 2014
    I won this copy of Running with Scissors in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is my fair and honest review! 2.5/5.0 Stars Okay 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?...
  • Carmen
    Mar 02, 2014
    Burroughs is a good author, but this book made me sick to my stomach. This book is about Burroughs childhood. He lives with his crazy mother and alcoholic father until he's ten. Then his mom moves him in with her crazy psychologist. They live in squalor. I can't even describe to...
  • Luís C.
    Jan 11, 2018
    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 ...