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Running With Scissors might not be good for you

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runningAs mentioned in earlier posts and book reviews, I love reading biographies and autobiographies. Some are inspiring (The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls), some are hysterically funny (anything by David Sedaris), some are humourously reminiscent (Baby Boom by P.J. O’Rourke), some are raunchy (How To Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran), some are informative (anything by the one of the Mitford sisters) and some are fascinating (The Bolter by Frances Osborne). After reading Augusten Burroughs’s New York Times best seller Running With Scissors, the most appropriate descriptive word I can come up with is astonishing.

Burroughs is the gay son of  an alcoholic father and mentally unstable mother whose vicious fights resulted in an acrimonious divorce when he was eleven years old. This memoir covers his life from age twelve to sixteen. His mother abandons him to the care of her Svengali-like shrink and his eccentric family of equally unstable and weird individuals. Living in their run-down home, the boy descends from being an immaculate dresser who is obsessive about his appearance and surroundings to gradually morphing into a truant, dope-smoking, beer-drinking underage lover of the resident family pedophile.

This book is not for the squeamish or faint-of-heart. It describes child abuse in graphic yet incongruously humourous detail. The events defy believability, but like watching a road-side car accident, you’re drawn to the carnage. Burroughs’s writing style is similar to David Sedaris but his material is much darker. I enjoyed the parts where he describes his naive dreams of creating and running a beauty empire like Vidal Sassoon when he grows up.  I read the book in a couple of days. It’s fast, funny and horrifying. If you think you can handle the rough stuff, then I highly recommend it. Burroughs is a talented and engaging writer.

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Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

4 thoughts on “Running With Scissors might not be good for you

  1. I, too, really enjoyed that book. Very dark but well written and strangely uplifting (that he came out the other end relatively ok).

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    • Books about people who rise above challenging circumstances always fascinate me. If you haven’t already read The Glass Castle, be sure to add it to your reading list. Thanks for your feedback. Nice to know you’re following.  Lynda Davis Follow my blog at: http://www.boomerbroadcast.net Social commentary on life from a Boomer Broad’s perspective e-mail: lyndadavis1@yahoo.ca For further insights into the Boomer perspective on business, fashion, mind and body, order my new book, BOOMERBROADcast. It makes a great hostess, birthday or Christmas gift. Click on this link: http://www.lulu.com  or http://www.amazon.com

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  2. Great review! I look forward to reading this book. Bronte

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    • Thanks so much for your feedback. I loved the book but as I said, it’s not for the faint of heart. So glad you found BOOMERBROADcast and hope the content is interesting enough that you’ll stay tuned.  Lynda Davis Follow my blog at: http://www.boomerbroadcast.net Social commentary on life from a Boomer Broad’s perspective e-mail: lyndadavis1@yahoo.ca For further insights into the Boomer perspective on business, fashion, mind and body, order my new book, BOOMERBROADcast. It makes a great hostess, birthday or Christmas gift. Click on this link: http://www.lulu.com  or http://www.amazon.com

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