Running with Scissors is a memoir by Burroughs after after his mother, a chain-smoking aspiring poet, sent him to live with her psychiatrist. It's an extremely entertaining memoir because all the things that happened to him seem so out of this world.
Burroughs's mother is shown as emotionally drained, excessive, self-centered, and ultimately incapable of being a parent. She has a sexual relationship with a local minister's wife, which is revealed to Burroughs when he accidentally walks in on them when he skips school. Y I K E S. And that's just one of those incidents. If anything, Burrough's mother can be described as a mess. But moms will be moms... right?