Coming Clean

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469283173
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Rae Miller is a writer and actress living in New York City. Her writing on food, exercise, and positive body image has appeared in Condé Nast’s blog Elastic Waist, Yahoo’s Shine, Social Workout, and in Figure magazine. Additionally, Kim writes about New York living, celebrity gossip, and shopping for CBS Radio and CBS New York. In 2010, Kim was featured in Katharine Sise’s breakthrough career guide Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career. She blogs at TheKimChallenge.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    I couldn't put this book down. Having known a couple who couldn

    I couldn't put this book down. Having known a couple who couldn't throw a thing a way and had tiny paths through their house, I was very curious about this book. It was exceptional. The author did a fantastic job of relating her thoughts and feelings. I found it to be very uplifting and traumatic at the same time. A really great read.

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

    The author is brutally honest about growing up in a hoarder's ho

    The author is brutally honest about growing up in a hoarder's home and it is very hard to read at times. But the book was so interesting I finished it in one day. What I remember is her total fear of anyone learning about her house & parents, how she got around not inviting friends over, kept herself clean and went to school. The second half about her adult life, when the memories returned was just as heartbreaking, how she tried to help her parents over and over again. I will be thinking about this book for a long time.

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    4.5 stars I don't read a lot of memoirs, either because they ar

    4.5 stars

    I don't read a lot of memoirs, either because they are generally dry recitations of facts or the author seems to use her life just as fodder for comedic punchlines. By contrast, the humor in Miller's book is the gentle humor each of us experiences in our own lives, when we realize that our only options are to cry or to laugh. Having read about Miller's childhood and her ongoing battles with her parents' hoarding, I came away amazed that she not only survived but also managed to maintain a loving relationship with both parents.

    What struck me most, however, was Miller's surprise that she was not the only person in the world who had to deal with hoarding. While perhaps not so extreme as to qualify as hoarders, my mother, husband, and sister-in-law's mother are (or were) extreme shoppers or lovers of paper and broken appliances which might come in handy "some day." I can assure Miller that many of us watch "Hoarders," not to laugh or "for fun," but because the program enables us to say, "There but for the grace of God go I." Reminding yourself that someone else is always worse off sometimes is the only thing that enables you to go on. I wish I could give Miller's book to every child living with a hoarding parent; I firmly believe it would help keep them from sinking into the despair which almost led Miller to commit suicide.

    I highly recommend Coming Clean to anyone interested in understanding hoarding from the inside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Thoughtful Memoir

    I have so much respect for Kimberly Rae Miller; she was able to write a very thoughtful memoir without condemning her parents. While events were often harrowing and left me aghast, she allowed me to see the grace,compassion and love she has for her parents. We truly can become who we want to be inspite of difficulty in childhood. She is my new hero.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Engrossing Read

    It was truly an amazing read. What stands out is the author's unfailing love and respect for her parents.

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    Posted August 30, 2013

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