Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller

 Coming Clean is a well written, cringe worthy read. 
Kim is the child of hoarders and has been shamed by their lifestyle her entire life.  Her writing brings forth mental pictures of the chaos and claustrophobic rooms inhabited by boxes, trash, paper, furniture, people and assorted objects.

Miller documents the mental illness and day to day life of hoarders. She shares her personal story and darkest secret in an understanding and forthcoming manner. You can actually feel what she is going though, the frustration, disappointment and embarrassment. 

You get an insiders perspective of what it's like to have parents who are hoarders. If you are a fastidious house keeper like me and don't hold on to things... this book will make you squirm and have more compassion for those who can't seem to toss out what seems like a simple piece of paper.

I was completely mesmerized, aghast and you will be too.

Grade: A

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