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Running With Scissors

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Running With Scissors

by Burroughs, Augusten
Look for the ridiculous in everything, and you will find it

This book was not my first choice. I know that seems a terrible way to start off a review, especially a five-star review at that, but it is true. I had seen "Running with Scissors" on the shelf of my local bookstore a few times, and it always sounded interesting, but I could never pull the trigger on the darn thing. Then I discovered a book called "Dry" by the same author. "Dry" peaked my interest immediately. I was actually excited to read a new book. I cracked it open as soon as I got home and devoured it... for the first three pages. Printed there on page 3 were the words "but my crazy childhood is a whole other story." With an audible grumble, I knew what I would have to do. To better understand the book, I'd have to learn about Burroughs' past. You win "Running with Scissors". I picked up a copy, and the rest is history. Burroughs has such a remarkable way of telling his own life stories. Even when something seems so crazy and fantastical, it holds such a sense of truth. This author was gifted with the life of a fictional character and has blessed us with his experiences. This coming of age book has everything you look for in a book. Family drama, life lessons, and a whole lot of laughs. "Running with Scissors" is an A+ in my book. I have since read Burroughs' entire catalog of books, and have enjoyed them all immensely, with the small exception of one book. If you have ever found yourself considering this book, even a little, read it. This is the best place to start. You won't regret it. -"Running with Scissors" is a national bestseller, a New York Times bestseller, and was an Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Book of 2002

 
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A #1 "New York Times" bestseller--the true story of a boy whose mother gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist--Burroughs's memoir is now a feature film from TriStar Pictures, scheduled for release in September and starring Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Joseph Fiennes.



  • Condition: Used - Good
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  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB South Lamar
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  • Language: --
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • ISBN-13: 9780312422271
  • ISBN: 031242227X
  • Publication Year: 2003



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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): Book may have been read. Looks new and has no defects. May show remainder marks. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Near Fine (NF): Clean, with no defects, but may show slight wear at edges of book or dust jacket. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows signs of wear. May have minor defects: clipped or chipped dust jacket; owner’s inscription; remainder mark; minor foxing or bumping. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. May have any of the defects above to a greater degree, including highlighting, library markings, or loose bindings. Rare and collectible books may have cocked spine, cracked hinges, water stains; torn or repaired dust jacket. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): May be very worn, soiled, torn, or barely holding together. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): May have extensive damage from moisture or insects; detached boards; parts may be missing; marginally salable unless very unusual. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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