Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

The author writes a memoir of adolescence as hair-raising and off-kilter as can be imagined.  After his parents divorce, his mother pretty much pawns him off on her psychiatrist’s family, who collectively set a new standard in hysterical squalor.  Growing up without rules, Burroughs ceases to attend school early on, develops a prodigious smoking habit, and gets used to shuttling between his volatile mother and his adoptive family.  Running_with_scissors

It’s an intriguing read, but not one for the faint-hearted.  The tone of it brings to mind a very surreal David Sedaris, though darker in vision, and with an extremely skewed humor – it’s hard to describe.

(William Hicks, Information Services)

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