Friday, September 6, 2013

This Month In Non-Fiction

Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding
by Jessie Sholl

Reading this book is like listening to someone who has been holding their breath for about thirty years suddenly release it.  Jessie Sholl tells us everything; the bad and the even worse parts of growing up with a parent who is a compulsive hoarder.

Watching the reality shows about hoarding, you get a brief glimpse at the way one person's hoarding can affect everyone in their family, but you don't really get any details.  Jessie's mother's hoarding not only affects her daughter; it also affects her daughter's husband and his career (particularly when they all get Scabies), her daughter's friendships, her ex-husband and his new wife, and her son and his relationship with all the rest of his family.

Those shows always give you a vague description of the outcome of the treatment, and whether or not the person in question is able to triumph over their hoarding.  But what about their kids?  What if they don't get any better?  How long should you wait, or try to help, before it's time to let go and try to save yourself?

Read more reviews about this book on LibraryThing.

Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache That Wouldn't Go Away
by Jennette Fulda

As someone who has suffered from migraines for over ten years, I thought that I would easily be able to identify with Jennette.  False.  As bad as my headaches get, they eventually go away.

I can't even begin to imagine that kind of constant pain.  Especially when it's in your head, where you are.  Jennette tries every doctor and every medication you can think of, all to try to destroy the headache that is trying to destroy her life.

If you're a victim of chronic pain, this book will probably help you feel less alone.  If you're not, it's a good reminder that your situation could always be worse, and we should all be more understanding of our friends and family members that have to go through this.

Can we please get some more funding for headache research?

Read more reviews about this book on LibraryThing.

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