When Augusten Burroughs released 2002's Running with Scissors -- his memoir about growing up in the mother of all dysfunctional families -- readers didn't know whether to drop their jaws in horror or hold their stomachs from laughing. Whatever reactions he gets from readers, Burroughs's gift for dishing on all things stranger than fiction has made him a bestselling author.
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Also Known As:
Augusten X. Burroughs
New York, New York and western Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
October 23, 1965
Place of Birth:
No formal education beyond elementary school
"I am awaiting my honorary doctorate in medicine from Harvard Medical School."
Augusten Burroughs's official web site
|The Buzz Book|
|Running with Scissors: A Memoir|
The Washington Post called Burroughs's memoir about his dysfunctional upbringing "the most amazing book…hilarious, freaky-deaky, berserk, controlled, transcendent, touching, affectionate, vengeful, all-embracing. It makes you happy that there's such a thing in the world as a string of written words…" A film version starring Annette Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow has been adapted for the silver screen.
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|A Recent Bestseller||Reading Recommendations|
|Magical Thinking: True Stories|
Burroughs's second collection set a new standard for the personal essay. Whether he's describing a contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady, or the simultaneous thrill and self-disgust that comes from killing a rodent in your home, Burroughs proves that his true tales are stranger -- and funnier -- than any fiction.
|Confederacy of Dunces|
John Kennedy Toole, Foreword by Walker Percy
We asked Burroughs to tell us about some of his favorite books, which include A Confederacy of Dunces. "The first time I read this book, I came to the last page and then turned right to the beginning and read it again, straight through," he recalls. "It’s a satiric masterpiece and features one of the most eccentric, insane, vividly realized characters ever created." Read on to learn more about Burroughs's best-loved books, including: