Excerpt from Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs, plus links to reviews, author biography & more

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Running with Scissors

A Memoir

by Augusten Burroughs

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
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    Jul 2002, 288 pages
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    Jun 2003, 320 pages

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I love shiny things, I love stars. Someday, I want to be a star, like my mother, like Maude.

The sliding doors to my closet are covered with mirror squares I bought with my allowance. The mirrors have veins of gold streaking through them. I stuck them to the doors myself.

I will aim my desk lamp into the center of the room and stand in its light, looking at myself in the mirror. "Hand me that box," I will say to my reflection. "Something isn't right here."

Excerpt from Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. Copyright © 2002 by Augusten Burroughs. Published in 2003 by Picador, LLC. All rights reserved.

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