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Dirty Secret by Jessie Sholl
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May 10, 11


I have always been a fan of shows like Hoarders. At first it was a “OMG” moment, and later grew to a “on no” moment. But even after years of watching the show it didn’t feel complete. Great, so they cleaned two rooms of the house, but what about the PERSON?

Dirty Secret covers this by placing the spotlight on one family as it tries to deal with this. The mother has cancer and the daughter tries her best to clean out the house before chemo recovery begins. You would think it would be easy! Here we learn what goes through the minds of some hoarders and how in fact it affects everyone around them. It’s not that easy to shut them out of your life and ignore the issue. In this case, the mother isn’t just a hoarder, but cruel to Jessie (the daughter) who is trying to do nothing but help her mother get her life together.

I loved this book.
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