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Running with Scissors

de Augusten Burroughs

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This is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of 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, the author found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian 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. It is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny, but above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.… (més)
  1. 110
    The Glass Castle: A Memoir de Jeannette Walls (Monika_L)
  2. 40
    A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father de Augusten Burroughs (ParadoxicalRae)
  3. 40
    Mommie Dearest de Christina Crawford (Smiler69)
    Smiler69: Memoirs told by the adopted daughter of Joan Crawford, who by all accounts was a raging alcoholic.
  4. 20
    Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim de David Sedaris (LAKobow)
  5. 43
    Middlesex de Jeffrey Eugenides (amberwitch)
  6. 10
    Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood de Jennifer Traig (sarah-e)
    sarah-e: A funny memoir of a person with unusual habits.
  7. 10
    Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's de John Elder Robison (vancouverdeb)
    vancouverdeb: Look Me in the Eye written by John Elder Robinson, the elder brother ofAugusten Burroughs who wrote Running with Scissors. Each gives a different take on their dysfunctional family.
  8. 10
    Stitches: A Memoir de David Small (meggyweg)
  9. 00
    Foreskin's Lament de Shalom Auslander (utterlyutter)
  10. 00
    Sugarless de James Magruder (amberwitch)
  11. 00
    Bright Angel Time de Martha McPhee (ainsleytewce, ainsleytewce)
  12. 00
    An Underachiever's Diary de Benjamin Anastas (meggyweg)
  13. 11
    A Million Little Pieces de James Frey (wonderlake)
    wonderlake: Crazy lives
  14. 00
    Between Nowhere and Happiness de Daniel Kine (Usuari anònim)
    Usuari anònim: A young poet battling apathy with drugs and other forms of experimental coping methods.
  15. 33
    Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West de Gregory Maguire (khoov00)
    khoov00: This book seems to appeal to some with the same sense of humor as it would take to appreciate the book Wicked.
  16. 11
    Normal Family de Don Trowden (Publerati)
    Publerati: Eccentric family chaos except Normal Family is entirely set over four consecutive dysfunctional family holidays. Hysterical and bittersweet fun. Promising new writer.
  17. 00
    My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru de Tim Guest (ainsleytewce)
  18. 12
    A Child Called "It" de Dave Pelzer (PortiaLong)
    PortiaLong: Disturbing memoirs - I disliked them both for the same reasons (so someone else may LIKE them for those same reasons).
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Very bizarre memoir. Very dysfunctional childhood. Mother gave guardianship to her psychiatrist when he was 13.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
Now we know what would happen if a Jackie Collins novel mated with a Stephen King novel and the story was made into a National Lampoon movie. This is a bizarre story of two dysfunctional families that is very-well written and oddly funny. It's a testament to human resilience that the author didn't grow up to be a serial killer. ( )
  amandabeaty | Jan 4, 2024 |
Just... wut?

I didn't hate the writing, so I may read another of this author's books. Hence the 2 stars.

But this book... I can feel the filth. ( )
  Carnal.Butterfly | Jan 3, 2024 |
Mostly I'm horrified and sympathetic towards the people who were horribly manipulated by an unethical quack. ( )
  IsraOverZero | Sep 23, 2023 |
Meh. ( )
  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 304 (següent | mostra-les totes)
You will either love Running With Scissors or you will hate it. I loved it. OK, there are tedious passages, when you feel Burroughs is doing the writerly equivalent of adding extra stuffing to a perfectly comfortable beanbag. But it is impossible not to laugh at all the jokes; to admire the sardonic, fetid tone; to wonder, slack-jawed and agog, at the sheer looniness of the vista he conjures up.
afegit per Nevov | editaThe Observer, Rachel Cooke (Feb 23, 2003)
 
The book, which promotes visceral responses (of laughter, wincing, retching) on nearly every page, contains the kind of scenes that are often called harrowing but which are also plainly funny and rich with child's-eye details of adults who have gone off the rails.
 

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This is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of 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, the author found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian 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. It is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny, but above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

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