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Friday, May 7, 2010

Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee

On Friday morning, March 21, 1947, the police in Harlem received a call. "There's a dead body in the Collyer mansion, "reported a neighbor.

Well, there couldn't be a more appropriate beginning to a book about hoarding, could there?

5 comments:

Christina T said...

:) Interesting first sentence.

I have a fictional book about hoarding to read called Dirty Little Secrets that I will hopefully get to read next week.

Stuff sounds like a fascinating book. I hope you enjoy it.

Rose City Reader said...

I just read Homer and Langley -- Doctorow's novel about the Collyer brothers. So that first sentence grabs my attention.

Having just gone through a major garage sale and watch my sister sell off all the stuff she's gathered over the years, the idea of this book hits close to home. :) Although compulsive hoarders probably don't have garage sales.

Carin said...

I read Homer & Langley but I didn't like it all that much. I actually DID see a woman on Hoarders who said she was going to have a yard sale, but the problem is she refused to actually sell anything.

Becky (Page Turners) said...

Wow, a dead body takes hoarding to whole new level. I need to give this book to my partner, a chronic hoarder :-)

Carin said...

Becky, you should read it too. My review posted yesterday, but it's helpful to understand some of the why behind things, as well as what treatment might work and why, to try to live with someone with these issues. Good luck! Wow, I don't envy you that! :)