- File Size: 5006 KB
- Print Length: 271 pages
- Publisher: Amazon Publishing (July 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B77UDXO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Coming Clean: A Memoir Kindle Edition
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Kimberly Rae Miller puts a very human face on the issue of hoarding. Her father has no memories of his childhood, at all. His parents were hard-core alcoholics and whatever happened to him in his youth was protectively erased by his brain. Her mother grew up unloved by neglectful parents. She suffers with an extreme spinal condition because her parent's couldn't be bothered to get her a back brace as a child. Kimberly's father starts as the catalyst for the hoarding situation. He's fond of papers, any paper, and radios. Their house quickly fills of them. Her mother is angry at the mess, but also ultimately resigned to it. She eventually becomes a compulsive shopper who adds to the hoard.
The hoard slowly takes over the family's life. Their first house burns down in a fire, spurred on by the mounds of paper, killing all the family pets. Her parents separate for a time, partly to keep CPS from discovering their true living conditions. The boiler explodes, and they have to start taking weekly showers at a local gym. Then they discover a surprise living in their attic, the reveal of which literally had me screeching at my Kindle.
This is a very well-written memoir, better than many I've read from professional writers. The author is likable and down to earth. I think some people will be confused, maybe even put off, by her forgiving nature to her parents. But I get it. My interest in hoarding actually comes from my husband's family-- both he and his mother have hoarding tendencies. Yet, I grew up in a dysfunctional environment, and I could relate to every inner struggle with her parents. I wish her the best of luck going forward and dealing with her parents as they continue to age.
Kimberly Miller shows her ability as a writer who is connected to her material, and presents it to the reader in a way that is open and forthright. It took guts to write this and expose herself to whatever criticism that would arise. The author discusses the embarrassment that came from living with hoarding parents, and how she has come to deal with it.
If we broaden our minds another step, we see the stigma that persists from living with or being related to those who suffer from a mental illness. I liked this book because it gets past the judgements we make on people who suffer from debilitating issues and makes them still, above all, human beings.
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