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I like the fact that Clean goes back and forth between the time Michele was using and the present. Being a former addict and having cleaned houses for a living myself, I can relate to much of Michele's story. But even if you've never been an addict (or cleaned houses for a living) you'll enjoy Clean. The book is so heartbreaking you'll cry and so funny you'll laugh out loud. I couldn't put it down. And when I was finished reading it, I wanted to read more. Michele has her own unique way of writing that I quite enjoyed. Her stories about cleaning other people's houses are fun to read. Her private life is sad, funny, entertaining and so well written that I felt as if I were there with her. I haven't read a book this good in a very long time (and I'm constantly reading one book or another). You will absolutely love Clean. I recommend that you buy this book, get comfy with a cup of tea and get ready for a great read. I'm looking forward to more books by Michele Kirsch. She is now my favorite author. Kudos to you Michele!
Great read! Engages you from the start. The style of going from past to present is well done and still lets the story flow. It is heartbreaking, happy, funny, and serious. Michele tells her tale very well.
This is a really well written, engaging book and meditation about getting clean - by cleaning other people's houses and breaking an addiction Insightful, harrowing and hilarious. I read it in about one go. Highly recommend it.
An account by a wry intelligent woman, telling of her often funny, yet moving, adventures in addiction. Reduced to cleaning other people's homes while she herself struggles to get “clean.” My highest recommendation!
I swallowed this brilliant book in one gulp. Michele is an astute observer of the ridiculous and the poignant, and she exposes her own vulnerability with humour, courage and total honesty. Her enduring delight in life - wanting to find out what is going to happen next - is a golden thread through a story of many tough experiences. I loved the way she weaves her "cleaning" anecdotes into her own narrative of finally getting "clean" herself. It's a book you actually can't put down.
I bought this at a friends selection for a book club and have silently judged them for it ever since. It’s a truly miserable read, the author appears to have no redeeming qualities throughout. Other readers and the blurb on the back mention having found it hilarious but I found it bleak and depressing. The only saving grace was the final few pages, simply because I knew it was soon going to be finished. Some may enjoy it but I would not recommend it to anyone.
A candid, raw yet entertaining and informative read. A wonderful biog interspersed with short, sharp anecdotes of cleaning people's homes through the eyes of Ms Kirsch who imagines the lives of the residents through their belongings and habits. Emotional and poignant but you cannot put this book down as you are drawn into the dialogue as you travel with the author wanting and wishing as you go. Superb writing with pathos and humour in equal measures. A lesson for us all to assess our own choices as we create and weave our own rich life tapestry. An absolute must read!
I knew I would be in for a treat, knowing how witty ans en retraining Michele’s verb can be. But little didn’t I know I would be sucked in her own reminiscence of her childhood in New York and her moving back to england, spiralling down then slowly crawling back up. Im totally done yet, but I’m in no rush to finish as I want to stay with Michele a bit longer. And as a fussy reader, it is an achievement in itself! Well done