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Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
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May 23, 2012

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bookshelves: memoir, non-fiction

Years ago, I saw the movie version of Running With Scissors, though as I started this book, I could really only remember one scene (when Augusten and Natalie bring down the ceiling in the kitchen to make a skylight). This book is funny, at times hilarious; sad, at times incredibly depressing; and always interesting, sometimes fascinating. As a novel, it would strain credibility in both the characters and events and situations they find themselves part of. As a memoir, it's totally bizarre. I know there's some controversy as to how accurate Burroughs' story is presented, but it's a book that never let me down in terms of holding my interest. That said, I didn't always and thoroughly enjoy the stories being told. Augusten presents his bizarre life in a pretty matter-of-fact fashion, leaving it up to the reader to see how strange it is. The people in his life are as odd and quirky as any a novelist might create, but because of that, they don't always seem "real." Probably my biggest gripe would be that some of the family members seem a little interchangeable, aren't really well differentiated. Given the story here, that should be an easy thing to accomplish.

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