Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs
Title: Running with Scissors
Author: Augusten Burroughs
One-sentence summary: Augusten Burroughs had one hell of a fucked-up childhood.
Why did you get this book? I had a copy of it lying around the house that someone had given me, and when I read an absolutely amazing interview with him I had to start reading it immediately.
Do you like the cover? Yeah, it's fun. A kid with a giant cardboard box on his head. I don't know why it's that because among all the wacky shit that happened a cardboard box on someone's head was not actually part of it, and the metaphor doesn't resonate for me all that well because... because... because this book is seriously crazier than anything ever in the entire world and a cardboard box-head does not begin to cover it. But it's a funny picture.
Did you enjoy the book? I did. It was *insane*. I just do not even have words and am not going to attempt to describe. But, yeah, he's quite the writer.
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes, and yes. I'm quite interested in both his other memoirs, Dry (a memoir of alcoholism and, one infers, recovery) and the new one about his father that I don't remember the name of.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping it unless my friend comes back to claim it, which seems unlikely as she moved transcontinentally and gave me the books she couldn't bring with her.
Anything else? I liked this book!
Scale of 1 to 10: 9