MESS

MESS

One Man's Struggle to Clean up His House and His Act

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Millions of Americans struggle with severe clutter and hoarding. New York writer and bohemian Barry Yourgrau is one of them. Behind the door of his Queens apartment, Yourgrau’s life is, quite literally, chaos. Confronted by his exasperated girlfriend, a globe-trotting food critic, he embarks on a heartfelt, wide-ranging, and too often uproarious project—part Larry David, part Janet Malcolm—to take control of his crammed, disorderly apartment and life, and to explore the wider world of collecting, clutter, and extreme hoarding.Encounters with a professional declutterer, a Lacanian shrink, and Clutterers Anonymous—not to mention England’s most excessive hoarder—as well as explorations of the bewildering universe of new therapies and brain science, help Yourgrau navigate uncharted territory: clearing shelves, boxes, and bags; throwing out a nostalgic cracked pasta bowl; and sorting through a lifetime of messy relationships. Mess is the story of one man’s efforts to learn to let go, to clean up his space (physical and emotional), and to save his relationship.
Hilarious and poignant, a glimpse into the mind of someonewho is both a sufferer from and an investigator of clutter.

Baker & Taylor
The author of Wearing Dad's Head draws on his experiences as both a hoarder and an investigator to profile subjects ranging from professional decluttering services and anti-hoarding therapy to the brain science behind hoarding and the way clutter affects relationships.

Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393352900
0393352900
Characteristics: 276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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NBotkin
May 15, 2016

Loved this book. Well-written, honest, and a compelling story. Even surprisingly uplifting at times.

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rasha1784
Dec 29, 2015

I wasn't a big fan, though I usually love hoarding books and memoirs. Yourgrau just seemed really pretentious, and almost seemed to revel in his inability to clean up. Funny at moments, but not the book for me.

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