In this unforgettable memoir Augusten Burroughs recounts the bizarre events of his childhood. After his parents' divorce, his mother, a delusional poet, left him in the care of her psychiatrist, a man who might have benefited from a little therapy himself. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian mansion with the doctor's bizarre family and a few patients. In the psychiatrist's house, there are no rules, only chaos. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, Valium was eaten like Pez and, if things got dull, there was always the vintage electro-shock-therapy machine under the stairs. 'Running with Scissors' is a true story, compelling and maniacally funny. Above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 11 / 2009
- 128 x 198mm
Running with Scissors
I really don't know what to say about this book. It appealed to me with words like "blackly funny, entertaining, genuinely funny, insanely funny, hilarious", and I really enjoy biographies. But this was anything but funny or hilarious. What an honest book. It is very explicit and very confronting. It is total child abuse. Maybe writing about it is HIS therapy. Definately not a book to buy your parents.