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Running with Scissors: A Memoir Paperback – June 1, 2003

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There is a passage early in Augusten Burroughs's harrowing and highly entertaining memoir, Running with
Scissors, that speaks volumes about the author. While going to the garbage dump with his father, young Augusten spots a
chipped, glass-top coffee table that he longs to bring home. "I knew I could hide the chip by fanning a display of
magazines on the surface, like in a doctor's office," he writes, "And it certainly wouldn't be dirty after I polished it
with Windex for three hours." There were certainly numerous chips in the childhood Burroughs describes: an alcoholic
father, an unstable mother who gives him up for adoption to her therapist, and an adolescence spent as part of the
therapist's eccentric extended family, gobbling prescription meds and fooling around with both an old electroshock
machine and a pedophile who lives in a shed out back. But just as he dreamed of doing with that old table, Burroughs
employs a vigorous program of decoration and fervent polishing to a life that many would have simply thrown in a
landfill. Despite her abandonment, he never gives up on his increasingly unbalanced mother. And rather than despair
about his lot, he glamorizes it: planning a "beauty empire" and performing an a capella version of "You Light Up My
Life" at a local mental ward. Burroughs's perspective achieves a crucial balance for a memoir: emotional but not
self-involved, observant but not clinical, funny but not deliberately comic. And it's ultimately a feel-good story: as
he steers through a challenging childhood, there's always a sense that Burroughs's survivor mentality will guide him
through and that the coffee table will be salvaged after all. --John Moe

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“I just finished reading the most amazing book. Running with Scissors is hilarious, freaky-deaky, berserk, controlled,
transcendent, touching, affectionate, vengeful, all-embracing....It makes a good run at blowing every other [memoir] out
of the water.” ―Carolyn See, The Washington Post

“Funny and rich with child's eye details of adults who have gone off the rails.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“It is as funny as it is twisted.” ―GQ

“A hilarious and horrifying memoir.” ―Los Angeles Times

“Harrowing and hilarious. I haven't laughed this much since David Sedaris's last book.” ―Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl
Named Zippy

“Running with Scissors is a cut above...compelling...the book celebrates Burroughs' resilient, upbeat spirit, which
helps him surmount one of the weirder childhoods on record.” ―USA Today

“The anecdotes can be so flippant, and so insanely funny (quite literally), that the effect is that of a William
Burroughs situation comedy.” ―The New York Times

“Burroughs defies the ‘woe is me' stigma of modern memoir with a raucous recounting of his loony teenage years.”
―Entertainment Weekly

“I was reminded of Roald Dahl's Boy and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Augusten Burroughs has produced a
memoir that's funny and sharp but also humane, as charming as it is revealing.” ―Kurt Andersen, author of Turn of the
Century

“A memoir that is both horrifying and mordantly funny.” ―San Francisco Chronicle

“Burroughs has memorialized his bizarre childhood showing off a dark wit that often rivals that 0of David Sedaris--while
telling a true story that would make even Sedaris cringe.” ―New York Magazine

“Burroughs tempers the pathos with sharp riotous humor... Edgier, but reminiscent of Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work
of Staggering Genius, this is a survival story readers won't forget.” ―Booklist

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