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Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
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A fascinating book. It is not your typical memoir and not for the fainthearted. I saw the movie first and decided I must read the book since the film was a little confusing. I was not offended by the explicit subject matter, but found some of the descriptions of sexual abuse hard going. However, I felt most of the incidents rang true and authentic. The author obviously is using humor to deflect the pain of such a dysfunctional childhood. Burroughs talks mostly about his traumatic experiences with his mentally ill mother in this book. In his other memoir, A Wolf at the Table, he gives his father equal time. Unlike some of the other reviewers of this book, I have not read similar works so this book stands alone for me. I liked this book and feel it is a very important commentary on how children grow up in such dysfunctional families, but somehow survive to tell the tale.
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