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Stuff - by Gail Steketee & Randy Frost (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 290

Genre: Psychology

Sub-Genre: Psychopathology

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Mariner Books

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: Compulsive Behavior

Author: Gail Steketee & Randy Frost

Language: English

Street Date: January 4, 2011
TCIN: 77265307
UPC: 9780547422558
Item Number (DPCI): 247-53-3432
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


Like those classics of psychological study, A. R. Luria's The Mind of the Mnemonist and Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Stuff is authoritative, haunting, and mysterious. It is also intensely, not to say compulsively readable.--Tracy Kidder A fascinating book--Stuff is the stuff of nightmares, of people living in a world subsumed by their obsession to collect and hoard things. You will surely recognize, to one degree or another, a part of yourself in these portraits.--Jonathan Harr, author of The Lost Painting and A Civil Action

Eye-opening... Frost and Steketee write with real sympathy and appreciation for hoarders...This succinct, illuminating book will prove helpful to hoarders, their families, and mental health professionals who work with them. -- Publishers Weekly

Fascinating. -- People
[The authors] invite us graciously into territory that might otherwise make us squirm . . .To those who need to understand hoarders, perhaps in their own family, Stuff offers perspective. For general readers, it is likely to provide useful stimulus for examining how we form and justify our own attachments to objects." -- New York Times Book Review

Stuff is worth reading not only because of the authors' authority on the subject, but also because of its elegant prose, and its nuanced and well-researched take on the subject." -- Salon.com

[The authors'] examples are rich in storytelling and dialogue, and they admirably balance a fascination with the psychological profiles of their subject with a deep sympathy for their plights . . . The book is a valuable study of a poorly understood condition. -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

Amazing... Utterly engrossing. -- Washington Post

Gripping . . . A highly readable account of this perplexing impulse . . . The book succeeds beyond mere voyeurism, because Stuff' invites readers to reevaluate their desire for things. -- Boston Globe

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