Running with Scissors

A Memoir

Augusten Burroughs

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller
 
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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 psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor’s bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock- therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.
 
Running with Scissors Acknowledgments
Gratitude doesn’t begin to describe it: Jennifer Enderlin, Christopher Schelling, John Murphy, Gregg Sullivan, Kim Cardascia, Michael Storrings, and everyone at St. Martin’s Press. Thank you: Lawrence David, Suzanne Finnamore, Robert Rodi, Bret Easton Ellis, Jon Pepoon, Lee Lodes, Jeff Soares, Kevin Weidenbacher, Lynda Pearson, Lona Walburn, Lori Greenburg, John DePretis, and Sheila Cobb. I would also like to express my appreciation to my mother and father for, no matter how inadvertently, giving me such a memorable childhood. Additionally, I would like to thank the real-life members of the family portrayed in this book for taking me into their home and accepting me as one of their own. I recognize that their memories of the events described in this book are different than my own. They are each fine, decent, and hard-working people. The book was not intended to hurt the family. Both my publisher and I regret any unintentional harm resulting from the publishing and marketing of Running with Scissors. Most of all, I would like to thank my brother for demonstrating, by example, the importance of being wholly unique.

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Running with Scissors Acknowledgments
Gratitude doesn’t begin to describe it: Jennifer Enderlin, Christopher Schelling, John Murphy, Gregg Sullivan, Kim Cardascia, Michael Storrings, and everyone at St. Martin’s Press. Thank you: Lawrence David, Suzanne Finnamore, Robert Rodi, Bret Easton Ellis, Jon Pepoon, Lee Lodes, Jeff Soares, Kevin Weidenbacher, Lynda Pearson, Lona Walburn, Lori Greenburg, John DePretis, and Sheila Cobb. I would also like to express my appreciation to my mother and father for, no matter how inadvertently, giving me such a memorable childhood.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt to hear Augusten Burroughs read from his bestselling memoir Running with Scissors, the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

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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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Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dry, Magical Thinking, and, most recently, Possible Side Effects, which were also New York Times bestsellers. Augusten has been named one of the fifteen funniest people in America by Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City and western Massachusetts.

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Running with Scissors
A Memoir
Augusten Burroughs

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Trade Paperback
Picador
June 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312422271
ISBN10: 031242227X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$15.00

Abridged Digital Audio

Abridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
September 2006
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427200563
ISBN10: 1427200564
Audio Run Time: 5:00
$7.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
March 2003
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593971380
ISBN10: 1593971389
Audio Run Time: 9:00
$14.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
September 2006
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427208590
ISBN10: 142720859X
Audio Run Time: 9:00
$14.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
July 2002
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312283704
ISBN10: 0312283709
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$24.95

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
April 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429902526
ISBN10: 1429902523
288 pages
$9.99
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