Coming Clean: a Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller. Publisher: Amazon Publishing/ New Harvest (2013). Memoir. Hardcover. 272 pages. ISBN 978-0-544-02583-7.
In the press release that accompanies the review copy: “An immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a beautifully tidy apartment in Manhattan, you would never guess that Kimberly spent her childhood hiding in the squalor of her parent’s Long Island home.” Fear not, she’s got it all. Like many a functioning alcoholic her hoarder father managed to work and pay the bills for the most part. There are moments when there’s no electricity or heat but I had moments like that in my early childhood with a deadbeat dad and I ended up with a master’s degree. Unfortunately either she can’t write very well, she chose to leave out essential details or she remains extremely detached from the full extent of her experiences because this lacks true emotions. I didn’t feel the urgency, pain or suffering one expects from such a memoir. There’s not particular journey here. It’s just a shitty childhood and there are plenty of those. This pretty woman managed to get a book deal because hoarding’s a hot topic right now.
–review by Amy Steele
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from Amazon Publishing.