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Would You Read a Book About Hoarders?

The subject of hoarding seems to be enjoying a renaissance. There is, of course, the A&E series Hoarders, and now, novelist E.L. Doctorow's new book Homer & Langley tackles the story of New York's Collyer brothers. The brothers, who died in their apartment in 1947, had packed their apartment with over 100 tons of garbage and objects, including 14 pianos and a Model T. While Doctorow's novel takes liberties with the facts, it always remains respectful of the brothers' story. The book came out on Sept. 1, and you can read an excerpt here.

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JessieSP JessieSP 7 years
I saw the show about them and it was gross. I don't think I would read up on this unless I knew someone that needed help and I was wanting to know more before I began to help them.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
And for the sake of the question I answered "yes" but it would have to be the right book. Probably not the one featured in this article.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I think I'd rather read a nonfiction version as well. At the very least for the slight glimpse into the psyche of a packrat.
alwayswallis alwayswallis 7 years
I would rather read the non-fiction version of the story first
mbkosel mbkosel 7 years
I just listened to an interview with the author on NPR! The book is fiction but the two guys were not, I think its fascinating! The book may not be real but the author gives us a glimpse into maybe why they did this. What compels people to hoard? PLUS one of the brothers was blind! How did he learn to live like that? We will never really know, but this book lets my imagination go wild!
Peggasus Peggasus 7 years
Oh my, but NO. There's a new show on AMC? Discovery? that just started about this type of people. It's just sad, I can't imagine why I would want to watch or read about their misery.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
This post lead me to look up tons of hoarders on wikipedia. And I personally wouldn't read this book because it looks too fictionalized
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