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Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
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Mar 19, 10

bookshelves: memoir, mental-illness, family-dynamics, glbt, rubbish, creative-nonfiction
Recommended for: people who enjoy brutal, uncomfortable reads
Read from March 14 to 18, 2010, read count: 1

This was recommended to me as a David Sedaris read-alike. Please don't ever insult David Sedaris like this again. This book lacks the wit and charm of a Sedaris memoir.

The book was an interesting picture of a son dealing with his mother's mental illness while he transitions into adulthood. What could have been poignant was flippant and vulgar. However, Augusten Burroughs is honest about his perceptions, and that kind of honest writing takes bravery. It also takes bravery to parse through the deteriorating mental condition and negligent parenting of his mother, the escapades of the charlatan doctor and assorted family, and the sexual manipulation and abuse by his boyfriend.

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03/15/2010 page 30

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