Running with Scissors

Augusten Burroughs

Now together with an excerpt from Lust & Marvel, a brand new memoir coming in March 2016.

Operating with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mom (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic within the discount. Out of the blue, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs discovered himself residing in a dilapidated Victorian in excellent squalor. The physician’s weird household, a number of sufferers, and a pedophile residing within the yard shed accomplished the tableau. Right here, there have been no guidelines, there was no faculty. The Christmas tree stayed up till summer time, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when issues acquired boring, there was all the time the classic electroshock remedy machine beneath the steps….

Operating with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally humorous. However above all, it chronicles an strange boy’s survival beneath essentially the most extraordinary circumstances.