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Growing Up With a Hoarder

Kimberly Rae Miller grew up in a flea-infested home filled floor to ceiling with junk. Read an excerpt from her new memoir, "Coming Clean," about how she survived her family's secret shame.

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  • It was while playing pool one night, about a year into their friendship, that they made the transition from friends to something more.

    "The guy I was playing opposite was being very attentive," my mother says. "All of a sudden your father was all over me, in a way he'd never been before. So that was that."

    Shortly afterward they moved in together, and a few years after that they decided to leave the cramped spaces and paper thin walls of apartment living behind them and moved to a house on Long Island. Two years after that they decided to have a child. Two years after that, my mother found out she was pregnant, and finally on the seventh anniversary of their pool-table kindling, they got married.

    My parents used to have adventures—leave for a drive around the neighborhood only to embark on a days-long road trip, or dress in drag for a night out—just to make each other laugh.

    I could sit in restaurants or parking lots with my parents forever, because I knew as soon as we pulled into our driveway, my family would disband and we'd all go back into hiding.

    Excerpted from Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller, with permission from Amazon Publishing/New Harvest.

    ©2013 by Kimberly Rae Miller

    All Rights Reserved

Growing Up With a Hoarder
Kimberly Rae Miller grew up in a flea-infested home filled floor to ceiling with junk. Read an excerpt from her new memoir, "Coming Clean," about how she survived her family's secret shame.
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