Kimberley Rae Miller
The topic is hoarding, and the memoir is about her sweet, loving, and bright parents who filled her childhood home with so much trash that they could not use the bathrooms or the kitchen, and shared the house with rats and fleas. She writes that as a child she learned to “act as if,” that she was and is a compulsive achiever, that she worked hard to look good, and she has spent years cleaning up after and parenting her damaged parents. Her father’s mother and father were alcoholic, and there is some research that indicates that children of alcoholics are more apt to become hoarders than nonCOAs, a fact she learned when she accessed NACoA‘s website. Her love and compassion is intense and she is a wonderful writer.