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Now including an excerpt from Lust & Wonder, a new memoir coming in March 2016.

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 psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs 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....

Running with Scissors 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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Running with Scissors
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Running with scissors
November 5th, 2015
Magnificently executed. Absolutely loved every page and couldn't put it down. Will be reading all of his books!!!
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RUNNING WITH SCISSORS
October 10th, 2014
Quite humorous but also sad and tragic
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RUNNING WITH SCISSORS
October 10th, 2014
Quite humorous but also sad and tragic
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January 31st, 2014
Love love love this book and the series... definitely a must read!
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Awesome
November 16th, 2013
As usual Burroughs delivers a great read!
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