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Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things Kindle Edition

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"Pioneering researchers offer a superb overview of a complex disorder that interferes with the lives of more than six-million Americans. . . . Writing with authority and compassion, the authors tell the stories of diverse men and women who acquire and accumulate possessions to the point where their apartments or homes are dangerously cluttered with mounds of newspapers, clothing and other objects. . . . An absorbing, gripping, important report." --"Kirkus "(starred) "Like those classics of psychological study, A. R. Luria's "The Mind of the Mnemonist "and Oliver Sacks's "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," "Stuff" is authoritative, haunting, and mysterious. It is also intensely, not to say compulsively readable."--Tracy Kidder "A fascinating book--"Stuff "is the stuff of nightmares, of people living in a world subsumed by their obsession to collect and hoard things. You will surely recognize, to one degree or another, a part of yourself in these portraits."--Jonathan Harr, author of "The Lost Painting "and "A Civil Action
""Eye-opening... Frost and Steketee write with real sympathy and appreciation for hoarders...This succinct, illuminating book will prove helpful to hoarders, their families, and mental health professionals who work with them." -- "Publishers Weekly
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"An excellent starting point for family, friends, and neighbors of hoarders, but the vivid writing will attract readers who enjoy fiction or memoirs about extreme behavior." -- "Library Journal," starred review
"Very intriguing. . . Most readers will recognize some aspects of themselves in the people the authors discuss. We may not be hoarders exactly, but the authors make us take a closer look at our own lives, wondering (for example) about that very fine line that divides a collector from a hoarder. Fascinating stuff." -- "Booklist
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"Fascinating." --" People"
"[The authors] invite us graciously into territory that might otherwise make us squirm . . .To those who nee

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2765 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (20 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JAO0QI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,705,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having had some experience working with people who hoard, I thoroughly recommend this book as an introduction for those who may be interested in understanding more about hoarding - whether it be as a professional, relative or person who hoards or just interested individual. It is extremely accessible and easy to read using detailed case examples to illustrate the many challenges and experiences of those affected by hoarding and all it's many variations including animal hoarding , OCD traits and children who hoard.There are other books out there that provide more guidance re. dealing with hoarding but if you just want to understand it better this book is for you.
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The authors' use of case studies and the subjects' reasoning behind their hoarding made for interesting and at times upsetting reading. I would recommend it because the authors met people who had come to the realisation that their hoarding was causing them problems as well as those who could see no problem with what they were doing, even when it led to them being barred from their homes. They wrote about the people interviewed without ridiculing them or making excuses for a problem which was affecting more than their wallets (spouses divorcing them because of the hoarding, local authorities issuing legal proceedings for cleanups etc).
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Excellent guide to the problem of hoarding through a series of real life case studies. The author takes a sympathetic and understanding look at the problems faced by hoarders and their families. Written in an easy to read style professionals and academics will also find this book interesting and useful.
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