Apr 042011

Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding.  By Jessie Sholl.

Have you ever watched the show Hoarders?  Have you ever known someone in your neighborhood who had just too much stuff?  We all have, at times, but without understanding why people held on to so much stuff.

This is a facinating journey into compulsive hoarding, seen and told through the eyes of a daughter of a compulsive hoarder.  Jessie’s mother keeps stuff.  She always has, and has always had difficulty keeping things organized and neat.  Jessie tells the story of her mother’s hoarding as an adult, during a crisis with her mother’s health, with insights into what her life was like growing up.  The author shows us how hoarders live and think, and she explains, even pointing to scholarly information and definitions, what hoarding is and how it is affected by psychology.

Dirty Secret is a great read, and you feel compassion for the author as well as her mother and other family members.  The story is shocking and real, and the lessons are well learned.  Jessie Sholl is an excellent author who writes a tale worth reading.  The journey taken through this book is one of healing and understanding as a daughter explores her mother’s hoarding and forgives the hold the hoarding has had on her life.

Find Dirty Secret on our non-fiction new book shelf today.