Running with Scissors” is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor’s bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock- therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.
Augusten Burroughs was bornChristopher Richter Robison in Pittsburgh, PA on October 23, 1965 and raised in Western Massachusetts. Almost eighteen years after accepting his first advertising job, Augusten left the industry to pursue a career as an author. Two years later, his 2002 memoir, Running with Scissors, became a publishing phenomenon, spending over three consecutive years on theNew York Times bestseller list. It was made into a movie starring Annette Bening and Alec Baldwin. All of Augusten's subsequent books -Dry, Magical Thinking, Possible Side Effects, A Wolf at the Table, You Better Not Cry & This is How- were instant New York Times bestsellers. His writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian UK, The Sydney Morning Herald and many more. He has been twice voted to Entertainment Weekly's famed, "Funniest People in America" list, featured as a cover story inVanity Fair, profiled extensively in magazines likePeople and Time, provided commentary for National Public Radio, penned a monthly column for Detailsand hosted his own radio show for Sirius. In 2013 Augusten married his literary agent and best friend, Christopher Schelling.