Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ghostly Men by Franz Lidz

After reading E.L. Doctorow's take on the Collyer brothers, I decided to check out a more historically accurate version of their story, Ghostly Men: The Strange But True Story of the Collyer Brothers, New York's Greatest Hoarders by Franz Lidz.

I liked this one, not only because it got more into the true story of the Collyer brothers (and the myth that grew up around them at the time), but also used the author's uncle as an example of another person with hoarding problems, and compared the family issues the Collyer brothers faced with his own family drama.

A very good read, not just for the interesting historical details, but because the Lidz is a good storyteller and the way he weaves the two stories together is particularly well done.

Now I want to go clean out my apartment.

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