Posts tagged ‘Augusten Burroughs’

Book Review: Running with Scissors

Running with Scissors

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By Mandy Webster

Running with Scissors: A Memoir. Augusten Burroughs. St. Martin’s, 2002.

In his memoir, Running with Scissors, author Augusten Burroughs explores, in sometimes excruciating details, his childhood with a crazy mother who literally gave her son away to her shrink.

Unfortunately, Augusten is not much better off with the shrink than he would have been if he’d simply stayed with his mother. While living with Dr. Finch’s family, Augusten is plied with prescription medications by the good doctor and openly drinks and smokes pot with Dr. Finch’s daughter, Natalie. Dr. Finch has only slight reservations about the relationship which develops between Augusten and Bookman, who is 20 years older than the 13 year old main character.

Burroughs follows his most brutal moments with what are sometimes twisted observations which help lessen the punch to the gut one experiences upon reading about his abuse. His matter-of-fact description of his first sexual experience at the hands of the much older Bookman ends with Augusten contemplating a crack in the wall while imagining his splayed body nailed to a cross.  Read more…

Read With Me: February Books

Cover of "Running With Scissors"

Cover of Running With Scissors

By Mandy Webster

Well, I am officially back to school for the spring semester, and I have a nice, heavy load of novels to read for my Literature & Humor – ENG 794.001 at Mount Mary College. Several of our February books are from my reading list for this course: