In Kimberly Rae Miller’s biographical book she describes what it was like to live with hoarding parents.
Before reading this book I always saw hoarding as an inconvenient way to live as things are constantly in the way and items are regularly disappearing. In Miller’s childhood account she tells a story of living in a flea infested house. Then she goes on to tell us about other serious issues that result because of the hoarding. For example, the family lost use of running water because the house was so cluttered that they couldn’t get a plumber to get into fix pipes. Her father became very defensive when Kim tried to help out by throwing unnecessary stuff away.
Miller’s father was a former veteran who listened to NPR everyday. He had his mental issues and struggled to throw out any paper. Her mother was someone that should have had spinal surgery at a young age, but did not and had become handicapped because of it. Kim’s childhood had given her nightmares about walking through the sludge of the dirty home she lived in.
Kim is frequently called upon to help her family clean the clutter that is their home. She is embarrassed to show her friends her parents home. Eventually she has to ask her friends to help her out with cleaning her parents house. In one part of the book, Kim talks about throwing out 70 construction bags of trash in one day.
This book also addresses Kim’s interests in acting. She starts landing off-Broadway roles. She finds her true calling as a blogger and web show host for a Conde Nast entity.
This is a very well written book. Miller‘s writing style is very witty keeping the reader engaged. The book is very successful on Amazon, as evidenced by all the positive reviews. Her LinkedIn profile is very impressive.