• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

What We're Reading: A Hoarder's Daughter's Memoir

Posted in:

What We're Reading: A Hoarder's Daughter's Memoir


A&E's hit show Hoarders has brought to light a fascinating — and simultaneously terrifying — disorder, compulsive hoarding. Even if you haven't seen the show, you've seen those photos of old homes filled with nearly impenetrable jungles of old papers, books, broken electronics, even garbage. It's jarring, and you can't look away; you also can't help but thank your lucky stars that you're not like that, and that your parents and grandparents aren't, either. But what if they were? A new memoir tells just what it's like to grow up as the child of a hoarder.

Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding
Jessie Sholl, a creative writing professor and essayist
Genre: It-could-happen-to-you true story
What Happens: When Sholl's mother is diagnosed with cancer, she must return to her childhood home to help her get everything in order — not so simple a task when her mother is a compulsive hoarder. Scholl delves into her childhood, describing what it was like to grow up depending on someone so extremely disorganized, as well as the fear she's always held that if her mother suffers from such a severe psychological problem, what might be in store for Sholl herself?
Why Read It: Sure, there's the gawker-factor, but beyond that, this tome explores what it really means to be a good daughter, even when that's easier said than done.
Details: Gallery Books, December 28, $15.00

Connect with Marie Claire:
daily giveaway
Unlimited Brunch!

Unlimited Brunch!

enter now
You Know You Want More
Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.