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Running with scissors : a memoir

Author: Augusten Burroughs
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2003, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Picador edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Nonfiction
Named Person: Augusten Burroughs; Augusten Burroughs; Augusten Burroughs
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Augusten Burroughs
ISBN: 031242227X 9780312422271 0312283709 9780312283704 0312425414 9780312425418 0312938853 9780312938857
OCLC Number: 52372749
Credits: Produced by Paul Ruben.
Performer(s): Read by the author.
Description: 315 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: 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.

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