Coming Clean 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… Coming Clean 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… 2013-07-23 Memoir Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Book Review

Coming Clean (2013)

CLEAN HOUSE Author Kimberly Rae Miller's memoir humanizes the hoarder
CLEAN HOUSE Author Kimberly Rae Miller's memoir humanizes the hoarder
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 23, 2013; Writer: Kimberly Rae Miller; Genre: Memoir; 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+

Originally posted Jul 17, 2013 Published in issue #1269 Jul 26, 2013 Order article reprints
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