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Coming Clean

Coming CleanThanks to Oprah and reality TV, everyone knows what a hoarder is. But when Kimberly Rae Miller was growing up, she thought her bus-driver dad — who...Coming CleanMemoirThanks to Oprah and reality TV, everyone knows what a hoarder is. But when Kimberly Rae Miller was growing up, she thought her bus-driver dad — who...2013-07-19Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
CLEAN HOUSE Author Kimberly Rae Miller's memoir humanizes the hoarder

CLEAN HOUSE Author Kimberly Rae Miller's memoir humanizes the hoarder

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Coming Clean

Genre: Memoir; Author: Kimberly Rae Miller; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Thanks to Oprah and reality TV, everyone knows what a hoarder is. But when Kimberly Rae Miller was growing up, she thought her bus-driver dad — who piled so much junk in her family’s rat-infested house that they moved out instead of cleaning it — was the only one. Reality shows typically stay with hoarders only long enough to portray them as objects of pity or ridicule, but Miller’s story, Coming Clean, offers a uniquely nuanced look at her intelligent, loving, but broken father and the enduring effect his affliction has had on her and her long-suffering mother. B+

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