Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dirty Secret by Jessie Scholl

Jessie, a New York City writer, must return home to Minneapolis when her mother is diagnosed with cancer. While she's there, she must confront the truth that her mother is a compulsive hoarder.

In preparation for her mom's surgery, Jessie tries to help her mom by cleaning up the house and getting her to own up to the problem, but, like many who suffer from this disorder, Jessie's mom doesn't see the problem. As Jessie struggles with caring for her mom, she also struggles with her own perceptions about hoarding, and tries to figure out how and why the problem started. Immersing herself in research about the disorder, Jessie connects with an online community made up of families and loved ones of hoarders, and for the first time in her life, she doesn't feel alone.

This story is told with compassion and gives the reader an insider's look into the disorder without being exploitative.

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