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Milt Gross Book Review: "Running with Scissors, a memoir" by Augusten Burroughs
By Milton M. Gross
Jun 9, 2015 - 4:50:13 AM

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Years ago I saw a movie by the same name as this book, Running with Scissors. But the book is totally different than the scenes of horror and chases I recall from the film. Milt Gross photo.
I remember seeing a movie by the same name, Running with Scissor, years ago. But the book is nothing like I remember the movie.

The movie advertised by Amazon.com is the same subject matter as the book. So it's not what I remember. I probably remember it wrong.

The book is kind of quirky, weird, about a young man, the author, Augusten Burroughs, and his years as a teenager. Actually the book is a memoir, not fiction, and it is crass, describing many indecent scenes -- according to me -- of how Burroughs mother was mentally ill, his living a good part of the time in the house of the psychologist who is treating her, and the weird occurrences that took place.

This true story is strange or absolutely honest. It is a true story, according to the book itself.

Much of the material is sexual, what I would call proper and what I would call weird. Burroughs was gay, had a long-running affair with an older teen who disappears by the end of the book. The psychologist's house is also strange, housing bizarre behavior by those who live there.

A reviewer reports in the book, "Written with humor and clear affection for its oddball characters, Running with Scissors is a story of shocking discovery and unlikely survival."

I failed to see any humor, but the characters were definitely oddball.

It was published in 2002 by Picador, New York City, with a price on the cover of $14. I also found it on Amazon.com at $1.68 for a hardcover version, $12.02 for the paperback, and $9.99 for a Kindle Edition.

The cover describes it, as are so many other books described, as a #1 New York Times bestseller.

I read it because I remembered (it turns out not realistically) the movie. But I would not recommend it the book.


Milt Gross can be reached for corrections, harassment, or other purposes at lesstraveledway@roadrunner.com.

Milton M. Gross Copyright 2014


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