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The Resource Running with scissors : a memoir, Augusten Burroughs

Running with scissors : a memoir, Augusten Burroughs

Label
Running with scissors : a memoir
Title
Running with scissors
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Augusten Burroughs
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of 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, the author found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian 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. It is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny, but above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances
Summary
The author describes his bizarre coming-of-age years after his adoption by his mother's psychiatrist, during which he witnessed such misadventures as a fake suicide attempt and front-lawn family/patient sleepovers
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
184134
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 813/.6
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3552.U745
LC item number
Z477 2002
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
Running with scissors : a memoir, Augusten Burroughs
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ocm48515847
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
304 p.
Isbn
9780312422271
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2001058857
System control number
(OCoLC)48515847
Label
Running with scissors : a memoir, Augusten Burroughs
Publication
Control code
ocm48515847
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
304 p.
Isbn
9780312422271
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2001058857
System control number
(OCoLC)48515847

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