Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging... show more
Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room—the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home, her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends, and the emotional burden that ultimately led to an attempt to take her own life. And in beautiful prose, Miller sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents that has thrived in spite of the odds. Coming Clean is a story about recognizing where we come from and the relationships that define us—and about finding peace in the homes we make for ourselves.
Publish date: July 23rd 2013
Publisher: New Harvest
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
While reading other reviews of this book there are several comments like perhaps the author is still too young to write about her experiences with her parents, there is no resolution to the problems, and the author seems to be enabling her parents time after time. While all of this is true, I have t...
This was a quick read for me, granted, it was a short book...not even 300 pages but even if it was twice as long I would not have had any trouble rushing through this book in a fairly short period of time. I loved and hated this book. I loved it as it was a fascinating and well written read. I hat...
First I should say I received this as A Good Read Advance Reader Copy. Now on to the book. I really wanted to win this book as I had caught a bit of the interview the author had done on NPR and it seem interesting. That How I would categorize this book. Interesting. If you are looking for that story...
Kimberly Rae Miller's courageous memoir shows how much addictive family systems have in common, regardless of the "substance" abused. Whether parents are obsessed with alcohol, drugs, sex, or, in this case, collecting stuff, the kids grow up confused and ashamed. If you grow up with a mother who pas...
When I first saw the title of this memoir, I thought it was another story about recovery from drugs or alcohol. I tend to be a sucker for those. However, Ms. Miller writes about growing up as the only daughter of a hoarder. Miller talks about the struggles she went through trying to hide her home...
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