Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs

My mother is standing in front of the bathroom mirror smelling polished and ready; like Jean Nate, Dippity Do and the waxy sweetness of lipstic. Her white, handgun-shaped blow-dryer is lying on top of the wicker clothes hamper, ticking as it cools. 

This was an interesting and sad but also hilarious memoir. At the age of 12 Augusten Borrough's mother gave him to her crazy psychiatrist to raise. Augusten finds himself in a strange old house with a whole bizarre cast of characters.

I was quite intrigued by this story, and horrified and amazed that it was actually true; that his mother left him to live there. But I suppose there's nothing technically illegal about it. Anyways, it was an incredible story of survival in extraordinary circumstances, and I enjoyed the way Burroughs described the different people he meets at the psychiatrist's house.

Read Running with Scissors:

  • if you like memoirs
  • if you like survival stories
304 pages.

Very Good! I would recommend this book!

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