Stephan Lee
July 19, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Coming Clean

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Kimberly Rae Miller
publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
genre
Memoir

We gave it a B+

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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