Cindy's Reviews > Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding

Dirty Secret by Jessie Sholl
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Oct 21, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: medical, memoir
Read from October 10 to 21, 2011

Obviously, this story is a fascinating one. Sholl spends a large portion of the book writing about battling with scabies which they all get from her mother. It got to be a bit much, and was giving me the heebie jeebies. With all the skin problems Alana has had, she probably shouldn't read this right now. LOL

The very last page almost makes me want to give the book five stars.

"For so many years I was tormented by the idea of my mother's hoarding - her secret, which became my secret - becoming known, but once I began writing this book, I had no choice... And an extraordinary thing happened: The more I talked about my mother's compulsive hoarding - and the more people who told me about their mother s, fathers, brothers, cousins, sister, aunts - the weaker my secret became. Until it was gone."

I was also impressed with Sholl's honesty in sharing her own character defects, her struggles with detaching herself from her mother's problem, and her bouts with depression.

I am going to go back & give it five stars. She's earned it!

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