Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller
I am such a fan of memoirs, especially ones that bring to life experiences I had previously never imagined. Coming Clean is just that – an absorbing account about growing up the child of hoarders. Miller does a good job of describing what it was like, while still displaying sensitivity and compassion for her parents and their struggles.
Some of the details she includes are horrifying, in a “I can’t believe anyone had to live through this” way. It’s a book that ended up making me want to declutter my house some more, and be grateful that all I’m dealing with is some clutter: lots of books and toys and such, yes, but our furniture and rooms are all usable, and if things break in our house we can easily bring in service people for repair work.
If you’re a fan of memoirs, this is a good one. It’s not one that I loved so much I want to force everyone I know to read it, but it was eye-opening and engrossing.
A stunning memoir about a childhood spent growing up in a family of extreme hoarders and hiding squalor behind the veneer of a perfect family. Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a beautifully tidy apartment in Brooklyn. You would never guess that she spent her childhood hiding behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspaper, 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 coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her experience of growing up in a rat-infested home, concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends for years, and of 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.
Title: Coming Clean: A Memoir
Author: Kimberly Rae Miller
Category: Nonfiction / Memoir
My Rating: 4 Stars
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