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.
©2013 Kimberly Rae Miller (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I loved this book. It was so honest, telling details about a little girls' life that must have been hard to reveal. Kimberly talks about how she grew up, how angry she was, her shame and guilt for feeling ashamed. She is profoundly strong and I admire her for being honest with her feelings.
I did not like the performance of this story at all, unfortunately. Usually I prefer the author to read, because they often will show more emotion or be more engaging reading their own work, but Kimberly has a very soft and whispery voice that made it hard for me to concentrate or even hear her most of the time.
Amazing book, but perhaps reading he written version would be much better
I think this book as told be a woman that grew up in the house of a hoarder was eye opening. It becomes another sad story that helps us to understand some of the struggles that many people face, often alone. I recommend this book. She writes well and the story is compelling.
A very sweet and sad story about screwed up parents and how we deal with them and grow. It's an easy and quick read and beautiful written.
Absolutely one of the best experiences I have had in listening to a book. It is just incredible. Delves into a subject that must haunt many in our society but is never talked about in a real way. This is the author reading what was her experience growing up as a child of hoarders and it is beautifully written, thoughtful, poignant, heartbreaking and riveting. I stayed up all night to finish it in one sitting. A must listen!!!
I know a couple of hoarders. Kimberley's accounting of her experiences were fascinating and honest. The legal and social consequences are enormous for the families of hoarders.
I like books. Recommend some to me.
My father is a hoarder and this book touched on many of the feelings of shame, embarrassment, and frustration I have had. I feel that I am very much like Kimberly. I'm not sure if someone who has not dealt with hoarding would enjoy it as much but for me it helped me feel better about my experiences.
The story was interesting. The author shares such awful and embarrassing things about her family growing up.
When she told about how she had to live in absolute trash and with rats. Her struggles keeping her secret with her friends etc.
No. I loved the story but she is not a good narrater. She speaks too monotone and the story comes across boring and her tone was putting me to sleep.
No, I hated the narration.
I would listen to more stories by this author as long as she does not narrate.
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