Huma Rashid's Reviews > Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

Stuff by Randy O. Frost
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Sep 28, 2011

it was amazing
Read from October 09 to 10, 2011

This book is incredible. I kind of exhausted myself writing entries about each chapter here at my book blog, but I'll try to recap.

It is very well written, and extremely engaging. I had a really tough time putting it down. Dr. Frost is a great story-teller, and he weaves his anecdotes and character/client studies with academic studies and statistics and the like.

His description of his hoarders makes you feel like you know these people - which is why I was so frustrated while reading this book. I feel like I understand hoarding a lot better now, even if I have little sympathy for hoarders (except in cases where hoarding is a manifestation of something truly serious, like PTSD, which is something that makes total sense to me, and something that arouses great sympathy in me).

The book is well-rounded, too: it discusses hoarders, it discusses hoarding, it discusses children who grew up in a hoarder's home, it discusses all the reasons why people can and do hoard, and it discusses treatment (though it is not a self-help book, despite the fact that I characterized it as such in my extremely rudimentary shelving system here).

It's a great read, and I'd recommend it to just about anybody. The topic is fascinating, and the book itself is extremely engaging, well-researched, and compelling.

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Stuff.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.