Running with Scissors: A Memoir (Abridged / Compact Disc, Abridged)

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"Running with Scissors" is 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.
Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian house 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 is a truly amazing chronicle 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.

About the Author

Augusten Burroughs is the "New York Times "bestselling author of "Magical"

"Thinking "and "Dry." His newest book is "Possible Side Effects. "Visit his Web site at

Praise For…

Praise for Augusten Burroughs:
"A flawless audio adaptation of his alternately riotous and heartbreaking memoir… the author recalls in a voice as mutable and unique as his unconventional childhood the bizarre details of daily life… despite the often heavy content, Burroughs alleviates this gravity with his unwavering sarcasm and humor."--Publishers Weekly

"As effective as the printed books are, the audiobook editions--which Burroughs himself presents--offer an even more sublime mixture of humor and revelation."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781593979423
Abridged: Yes
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: September 5th, 2006