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The Emancipation of a Buried Man

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A child of a hoarder—an outcast growing up amid shocking squalor—finds purpose in this vivid memoir.

Broken, alone and buried in a house full of junk and shame, Eddy Gilmore takes the “normal” route out—institutionalized learning. But when college life fails to offer meaning, the young man reaches a turning point, a point at which he abandons social norms, abandons the sta
Paperback, 310 pages
Published March 26th 2015 by Wandering Man Books
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Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was difficult to put down. It gives a heartbreaking look into the life of a friend. We all have pasts and this book is such a poignant reminder that we never know what each other has gone through. Always show kindness! You never know what it may mean to someone!
John Baker
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It’s impossible not to pull for Eddy Gilmore after reading about the heinous situations that define his childhood – a chronic bed-wetting problem, massaging lotion into the awful feet of his mother’s boyfriend, attending school with no eyebrows, defecating into a folded newspaper while sweltering in the Fleet Farm parking lot.

Gilmore blends tragedy and comedy beautifully in this unforgettable memoir. For years he struggles to find meaning and purpose in a home void of healthy relationships or ro
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with so many outrageous stories, from taking a dump in his mum's boyfriend's car, to surviving a near-collision with a moose. But this is isn't what makes this book special to me. What I really loved is the child-like fascination he has of the world. He sees the scenery as more than just a backdrop to our lives as most of us do, but as something that we must bask in. Instead of constantly chattering or having music in the background, he notes the importance of enjoying silenc ...more
Alana Muir
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that I found myself thinking about and talking about whenever I wasn't reading it voraciously. I don't know that I've read a memoir this honest before. Most memoirs try to make light of the painful and paint the author as the one "good person" in the story. Eddy never presents himself as purely innocent and perfect, nor as some kind of anti-hero. He is simply a real and complex human being, learning how to be a person in this world. His circumstances are possibly more ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. It's absolutely captivating. Eddy paints such a vivid picture of his childhood and emancipation from it. I felt like I went through the whole journey with him. My heart broke for this child, and was filled with joy as he became comfortable in his own skin. I'm going to be thinking about it for a long time. Heaviest on my heart while reading was that we just never know people's stories. We don't know what they're coming from and where they have been. Everyone deserv ...more
Liset Merritt
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that will stay with me for a long, long time. It made me stop and think about how we perceive people and how you never know what someone's story is and how important it is to be kind to everyone. It made me stop and think about sunsets and quiet forests and the way the air smells just before it snows. It made me stop and think about things that I often take for granted. Eddy's story is remarkable and filled with humor and a hard won wisdom. This is a must-read for anyone who is st ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A friend from my college days wrote this book and it is amazing! Eddy has a great voice and tells a compelling story. I am still reeling from the effect of his courage in sharing some of the darker parts of his story. Read and enjoy!
David Schramm
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will take a little bit extra time to review this book and author due to the fact he put so much of himself out there to be seen. A really brave thing and also admiral for what he has to say. I judge this to be one of those books people should read. It not only will open your eyes to the topic of extreme hoarding but also the ability of nature and the outdoors to heal us.

I have known one person who was a hoarder. A fact that cost that person some very important things in their lives. It is hard
Eric Chandler
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Moving story about how the outdoors can straighten out your life.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
I love stumbling upon books that have received no hype or critical acclaim, but end up being great reading adventures while at the same time providing wonderful words of wisdom. This memoir is a perfect example of a book that deserves to be more widely read and appreciated than it apparently is, judging from the small number of people on Goodreads who have read it.

Eddy Gilmore's childhood was one of loneliness and despair, being raised in a squalid hoarder's house. He tells this sordid tale wit
Rachelle Rahn
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A witty and poignant page turner that will take you through the home of a hoarder in such detail you'll find yourself checking for creepy crawlies on your skin, along with vivid descriptions of uninhabitated wilderness that will make you wish you could put the book down long enough to explore and experience a snow covered mountain, and a story that leaves you wishing to abandon society for an isolated cabin, all told with the authors humorous wit giving the reader a number of laugh out loud mome ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book and loved it. I don't think I can adequately describe why, so I will refer you to a review by Alana Muir. She recommended it to me, and I found her comments to be right on. This book is especially meaningful to me as I am from the Duluth area, and am familiar with the region he spends a lot of time in.
Rachele Willoughby
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
The beginning (when he was regularly interacting with people) was quite good. The end (when he was regularly interacting with people) was, quite honestly, fascinating. Unfortunately, the whole middle...

Look, I love the outdoors rather more than the next guy. I spend weeks every summer roughing it in the mountains. But it takes a certain style of writing to write about a beautiful waterfall and make me want to read it and that's just not how Mr. Gilmore writes. He's at his best when he's being ca
John Jones
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
It's hard to imagine writing a 'memoir' at the age of 19/20, and I would not completely agree that Eddy Gilmore has enough varied experience that he can pull it off, yet, but he certainly makes the argument. I did enjoy most of the parts about hiking and living in the wilderness (enhanced by own recent stay on the North Shore at the beginning of November, outside of the normal tourist season) but felt that the overall text could have been paired down. Some parts felt like they were needlessly re ...more
Marie Zhuikov
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
It took a lot of guts for the author to put himself out there with this memoir about growing up in a hoarding household and his subsequent journey into a more normal life with the help of religion and the outdoors. The time period flow doesn't always make sense and there are some grammar/spelling errors, but this is an important book to read for anyone who wants to understand the impacts of hoarding better and how to help its most innocent of victims -- the children of hoarders.
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Full review on my blog, Nut Free Nerd:

**I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, what a memoir! I read it in awe of what Eddy Gilmore suffered through as a child and the positive direction he took in his life as he grew up. Such an inspirational, eye-opening book!
Heidi Smith
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a book of courage, adventure and overcoming character through not only a tragic childhood but outdoor excursions against all odd as Eddy searched for a sense of grounding. A must read story about healing scars, solo travels and sacred friends!
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Anyone local have a copy of this that I can read by November 2016?
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With 19 years of bedwetting experience under his belt, and a childhood spent enduring a broken home so cluttered with rotting detritus that piles nearly reached the ceiling, Eddy Gilmore has been gifted with a unique perspective on life. He lives in Duluth, Minnesota, where he writes a newspaper column and loves to play along the shores of Lake Superior with his wife and children. Discover more at ...more

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