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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Running with Scissors: A Memoir

So, I just finished reading "Running with Scissors" a memoir by Augusten Burroughs. It tells the story of Burroughs' life from rougly age 13 to 16. "Running with Scissors" is the result of daily journals kept by Burroughs when he was a teenager living in Massachusetts. After his parents divorce, his mother begins treatment with an unconventional psychiatrist, Dr. Finch. Augusten is forced to spend more and more time with Dr. Finch and his unusual family as his mother grows increasingly unstable. Eventually, his mother decides she is unfit to raise Augusten and leaves him in the care of Dr. Finch and his family. He's split between two households where each scene becomes more and more bizarre. Although the subject matter of the book is fairly disturbing, I found it to be a funny read about topics often considered taboo. I literally could not put this book down, wanting with upmost anticipation what was waiting in the pages to come... Highly recommended!