This is the story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of grandeur) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa ...Show synopsisThis is the story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of grandeur) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa Claus and a certifiable lunatic into the bargain. Suddenly at the age of 12, Augusten found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian house in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients and a paedophile living in the garden shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules or school. The Christmas tree stayed up until Summer and valium was chomped down like sweets. When things got a bit slow, there was always the ancient electroshock therapy machine under the stairs.Hide synopsis
Description:Good. Appears unread. 1/2" closed cut at dust jacket spine....Good. Appears unread. 1/2" closed cut at dust jacket spine. Nice copy. Questions welcome. Daily shipping with delivery confirmation. Quotation from dust jacket: "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."
Description:Fair. Size: wb36088; Book is well read but remains a good...Fair. Size: wb36088; Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with all of the pages and binding intact. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. May have writing or highlighting. Quick response.
Description:Very Good in Very Good jacket. Very good hardcover in very good...Very Good in Very Good jacket. Very good hardcover in very good dust jacket. First Edition, First Printing with full number line. Binding is tight, sturdy, and square; boards and text also very good. Shelfwear is very minor. Unclipped DJ protected in Mylar wraps. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Description:Good in Good jacket. First Edition, 1st printing, with full...Good in Good jacket. First Edition, 1st printing, with full number line 10 to 1. Author's second book. Former owner's name inked out with marker on the front endpaper. Small chip out of the dustjacket's lower spine, with light wear to the edges and corners.
Description:Fine in fine dust jacket. SIGNED by author on title page ...Fine in fine dust jacket. SIGNED by author on title page (signature only). 1st edition, 7th printing. Essentially as new. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 288 p. Audience: General/trade. Memoir by the author of 'This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike' and 'Dry'. Where possible, all books come with dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, shipped in a box.
Edition: First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author
Publisher: St. Martin's Press,
Description:Near Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo; 304 pages. 9780312283704. A...Near Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo; 304 pages. 9780312283704. A Near Fine First Printing of the First Edition in Fine dust-jacket, remainder mark to top of page block (marker stain also on book itself and dust-jacket). Signed by author Augusten Burroughs on a tipped-in book-plate; Remainder.
Description:Very good in very good dust jacket. A RARE COPY OF THE FIRST...Very good in very good dust jacket. A RARE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING + VERY GOOD CONDITION + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT, PROTECTED BY A MYLAR COVER; COLLECTING BOOKS SINCE 1988, SELLING BOOKS SINCE 2008. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 288 p. Audience: General/trade.
Description:Near Fine in Fine dust jacket. 0312283709. Made into the 2006...Near Fine in Fine dust jacket. 0312283709. Made into the 2006 film. First printing. Lower corners slightly bumped, else fine in a fine dust jacket.
a well written bizare account of twisted family life endured & somehow survived by this young man growing up in so many directions, his thought processes are fascinating....I wanted to stop reading , but couldn't......
The thought that a child could actually be treated this poorly and raised in this manner -- make that multiple children being raised to raise themselves with unscrupulous parents and no guidance what-so-ever -- is truly, utterly disturbing. All that being said, Augusten Burroughs did a fabulous job telling his amazing story. This is one heck of a page turner!
To be totally honest, I actually watched the movie, ?Running With Scissors? before I read the book. However, the movie is what interested me in the stories of Augusten Burroughs. In my opinion, ?Running with Scissors? took some major bullocks to write. The story is so intriguing that you just cannot put down the book. I found myself completely drawn into the world of a boy, Augusten Burroughs, attempting to become an independent entity while struggling with obstacles beyond the boundaries of even the most active imagination. The story of his life is sad, yes. However, he seems to find the humor in his turmoil flawlessly.
Dealing with a psychotic mother, Deirdre, and the ?adopted? Finch family that is perhaps even worse off, Augusten somehow stays true to himself. I admit, this book is not for those of a high moral standard with preconceived notions of ?normal?. This book is also not for close-minded, judgmental people either. No, this book is for those of us that know life is truly flawed and that very bad things can happen and almost always will. It is also a testament that good people who get put in drastically horrible situations will either flounder or prevail. Well, Augusten definitely prevails.
The characters are engaging and somewhat mysterious at times. For me, it was slightly difficult to put my finger on what motivated Agnes (the wife of Finch) and Hope (daughter of Finch). However, they both play intricate roles in his story.
The other characters, however, all had extremely potent personalities. Finch (the Psychiatrist of Deirdre), is an unusual patriarch in many, many ways. I mean, at one point, he actually believes that his excrement will dictate the family?s financial situation. Odd, hmmm? Natalie (youngest daughter of Finch) is a force of nature. I believe that she helps Augusten realize that it is ok to be himself. She supports him and him and is the closest thing he has to a friend. At the other end of the spectrum is Bookman, (lover of Augusten, adopted by Finch as well), an extremely complex, psychotic character. The way he approaches the world and the people in it is an enigma, to say the least.
I can?t say much more without completely giving away the entire plot to the book, so I will end with this. I highly suggest ALL of Augusten Burroughs books. Trust me, I have read every one and they are all more than fantastic.
I hope this review was helpful to you and that you might have even enjoyed it.
Thank you for your time.
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