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Coming Clean | [Kimberly Rae Miller]

Coming Clean

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 and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Fay Wu 05-06-15
    Fay Wu 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This coming of age memoir is so honest and real"

    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

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    Fred 05-03-15
    Fred 05-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enlightening to see hoarding from this perspective"

    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.

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    Maria Lucia Fanjul New York, NY USA 04-02-15
    Maria Lucia Fanjul New York, NY USA 04-02-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Touching story"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer GRUNDY CENTER, IA, US 03-26-15
    Amazon Customer GRUNDY CENTER, IA, US 03-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic!"

    loved every moment! fantastically narrated 10 stars of 5 :) so happy I got it :)

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    Susan Nall Sheehan 03-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Riveting!"

    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!!!

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    Mary Ann MacCartney 02-28-15
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    "Hoarders"

    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.

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    christinaxrn 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story and narration! !"

    Loved the story and the fact Ms. Miller narrated her own memoir; gave the story emotion and depth.

    Thank you for sharing!

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    Susan 01-30-15
    Susan 01-30-15
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    "Interesting life story"

    Moving and interesting story of a resilient woman and her experiences with her mother and fathers' compulsive hoarding. If you're into memoirs, don't miss out on this one.

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    erin 01-17-15
    erin 01-17-15 Member Since 2012

    I like books. Recommend some to me.

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    "Hoarding parent"

    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.

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    M. Orlando Sparta, NJ 12-15-14
    M. Orlando Sparta, NJ 12-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story but needs a different narrator."
    What did you love best about Coming Clean?

    The story was interesting. The author shares such awful and embarrassing things about her family growing up.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coming Clean?

    When she told about how she had to live in absolute trash and with rats. Her struggles keeping her secret with her friends etc.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kimberly Rae Miller?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I hated the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen to more stories by this author as long as she does not narrate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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