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The Trauma Cleaner
The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster | Sarah Krasnostein
Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife... But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less. A woman who sleeps among garbage she has not put out for forty years. A man who bled quietly to death in his loungeroom. A woman who lives with rats, random debris and terrified delusion. The still life of a home vacated by accidental overdose. Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the deadand the book she has written is equally extraordinary. Not just the compelling story of a fascinating life among lives of desperation, but an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together. I call my dad from the car and ask him about his morning, tell him about mine. What kind of hoarder was she? he asks. Books and cats, mainly, I tell the man who loves his cats and who I know is now actively considering his extensive book collection. Whats the difference between a private library and a book hoarder? he wonders. We are both silent before we laugh and answer in unison: Faeces. But the difference is this phone call. And the others like it I could makeand how strong we are when we are loved. Sarah Krasnostein was born in America, studied in Melbourne and has lived and worked in both countries. Earning her doctorate in criminal law, she is a law lecturer and researcher. Her essay, The Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner, was published on Longreads and listed in Narrativelys Top 10 Stories for 2014. She lives in Melbourne, and spends part of the year working in New York City. The Trauma Cleaner is her first book. Amazing...I couldnt put this book down, and I cant wait to recommend it to everyone I know. Readings Written with sensitivity, insight and warmth...Krasnostein has pieced together a compelling history through careful research and interviews. The Trauma Cleaner is no ordinary trauma narrative: we see how the infliction of multiple traumas has left this fascinating woman uniquely placed to restore order among the despair of others, and it is with similar care that Krasnostein has produced this book. Books + Publishing
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TheWordJar
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This book is already breaking my heart! 💔 I was just looking for stories of cleaning up trauma scenes and hoarders‘ houses—don‘t judge me!—but I am getting so much more.

EnidBiteEm Such an important question. 1w
taraWritesSci This book broke my heart too, and I stumbled into it in a similar way: I was curious about the people who cleaned up after trauma and hoarding situations. But as unprepared for it, I'm very glad to have read Sandra's story. 1w
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Bookishlie
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This book as so good and so problematic. I‘m torn about Sandra, sometimes I like her. Other times I think she‘s a horrible person. I guess that‘s what makes a good book. One of the best I‘ve read in a long time. 4 stars:)

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TheBookAddict 🤔 “fortress of shit,” I like it. 😆 3w
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Meghan1
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This wasn‘t what I thought it would be. I was expecting more about trauma cleaning and less of a biography. However, it was the exact opposite. This was a biography of Sandra Pankhurst, growing up transgender in Australia, with a very secondary focus on her trauma cleaning business. I am morbid; I WANTED to hear about the trauma cleaning!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Prairiegirl_reading Hmmmm I don‘t blame you. It‘s called Trauma Cleaner for goodness sake! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3w
Caroline2 Hmm, I agree!! That‘s a misleading title then. 3w
bookwrm526 There‘s an excellent interview with her on the podcast Criminal 3w
CaroPi This one was of the books I abandon this year exactly because of the same reasons! 3w
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Bookishlie
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Is it weird that I have like 25 books going I just keep reading them bits and pieces as they cycle through my Libby. I‘m in school so I can‘t just finish the books by the due date so I start them recycle my hold and proceed when they come back through or I‘m in the mood to restart them....

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youneverarrived
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I feel so perfectly matched with Meg for #newyearwhodis

These are the books that were already on my radar and I think my library has a couple of them in but I‘m going to read as many from the list as I can 😁

monalyisha Hooray! “With the Fire on High” is great on audio, if you do that. And “The Collected Schizophrenias” is on my TBR; it looks so good. I read a piece about it that mentioned how she wrote one of them while she was convinced she was dead. And a coworker whose daughter‘s friend struggles with schizophrenia says it‘s the only thing he‘s ever read that‘s felt true to his experience. 1mo
youneverarrived @monalyisha it sounds like a must read. I‘m looking forward to reading it. I‘ve just asked Meg what she would recommend on audio so good to know With the Fire on High is worth listening to 💛 1mo
Megabooks I listened to almost all of these, and there is an email coming your way with my opinions!! 1mo
kspenmoll I have Fire on High. Would you suggest audio rather than print? 1mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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This was a completely fascinating account of the life of Sandra Pankhurst, a complicated and resourceful woman who has suffered her own share of challenges and trauma. Yet she continued to move forward and has a successful business helping others clean up after disaster with compassion and humor. An especially great audiobook.
#nonfiction #readharderchallenge

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MicheleinPhilly
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Work was stupid busy all week so I‘ve barely had a minute to read. Hasn‘t stopped me from loading up my Kindle (that is already bursting at the seams with unread books.) Some people spend this season binge eating Christmas cookies, I spend it binge buying books. 🎄📚

vivastory I wholeheartedly approve 👍🎉😄 2mo
Nute Binge Buying Books...say that fast three times!😅 I‘m down with this action!👍🏽 2mo
Ashley_Nicoletto The last few weeks have had fantastic ebook deals. I‘ve also been filling up my ereader. 2mo
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EliNeedsMoreShelves Lol - binge buying books is my superpower. 😆 2mo
BarbaraBB The tagged one is so good!! 2mo
Eyelit Same! 2mo
cathipink The Trauma Cleaner has stuck with me all year. I wholly support this binge 🙂 2mo
Kalalalatja Binge Buying Books should be a national sport! 🙌 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @Kalalalatja You‘re looking at the World Champ right here! 🏆 2mo
britt_brooke My favorite kind of bingeing! 1mo
Cinfhen Well done 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
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scowler1
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This was a tough read, very sad and quite disgusting in places. Just my type of thing! Trailed off a little towards the end I thought, could have been a few pages shorter.

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Nicki_K
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An amazing read. I thought it was going to be all about a lady and her crime scene cleanup business but this book was soooo much more than that. It is mainly the life story of Sandra Pankhurst the amazing woman who started up the cleaning business and her colourful life from childhood to the present day. A touching insightful look into a tran's persons journey to become the woman she always wanted to be despite so many adversities.

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sophierayton
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Incredible, unique and compassionate perspective. The mix of the trauma cleaner's history and the accounts of the people she cleans for is fascinating. It's really good and I'd recommend this book to most people. It also made me want to clean my house, and that's generally a good thing!

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Wow, this story is both tragic and inspiring and is like the saying 'Truth is stranger than fiction.'
I cannot fathom how one who has suffered so much unkindness has so much kindness to give to others. Sandra reminds me of the mythical Phoenix, who is constantly rising from the ashes to be reborn stronger.

BarbaraBB Such an impressive story! 2mo
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FantasyChick
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Sandra has lived such an interesting life and I loved reading about it. There was a lot of time jumps in this one and the timeline got a but confusing but this was such a real and deep look at one of the most unique lives I've read about.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick OOh! I'll have to read this next month for #nfnov 3mo
BarbaraBB Such a good read. 3mo
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FantasyChick
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Finally a little wind down time in bed. My favourite part of the day!

#scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

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Nebklvr
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This was a good audio book. Sandra is a complex and often infuriating woman. The writing was a bit overblown but the story was interesting.

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babyruth2510
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This book is an interesting look at one woman's strength, dignity, and determination to be herself at all costs. Set in Australia, Sandra's story of transitioning is difficult and often downright scary but she pushes on. As a trauma cleaner, Sandra arrives to give her clients those very things that she keeps fighting for herself: strength, dignity, and hope.
I found the book a little slow and completely not what I expected. 3 stars.

Meghan1 Me too! I wanted to hear more about the trauma cleaning! 3w
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Dolly
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I expected tales of what happens day to day in this line of work. Yes, there were lots of accounts of trauma and hoarder clean ups but there was just as much detail about living a trans life. While I think we should understand how others deal with real life I wasn‘t expecting this info in this book. Maybe the title should‘ve hinted at this?

8little_paws Yeah this wasn't my favorite either. 6mo
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Jenken1998
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Fascinating. A story about a broken woman with a horrible upbringing helping broken people in their time of need. Sandra (born Peter) started a business as a trauma cleaner. She connects with her clients in a way an unbroken person could not. The story is told in alternating chapters of her life and her cases. Her memory is impaired so i found the writing a little "flighty" but im betting that is exactly how she is. Overall i enjoyed the read.

BooknerdsLife Love your review! 💛 I‘ve started the audio book which is brilliant but sadly have to return it before I could finish 🙈 6mo
rwmg It's on my virtual TBR shelf. I may have to move it up a few places 6mo
cathipink I loved this book. Still thinking about it after reading it last month. 5mo
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Cathythoughts
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I got out of our car today & as I opened the door this was staring at me .... maybe it‘s a sign that I need to read a certain book ... 😳🤔

AmyG Maid? 7mo
Cathythoughts @AmyG are there a few with this cover ?? 7mo
Ruthiella Or the universe is sending you the peace✌️ sign! 7mo
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AmyG Ahhhhh right. I am reading Maid, so naturally that was my first thought. Ha! 7mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella loving your interpretation ♥️♥️♥️ 7mo
Nute I‘m with @Ruthiella and going for a message of peace especially if the other message is get out mops and buckets!🤣 7mo
Cathythoughts @AmyG I‘m not familiar with any of the books ... only the cover is memorable 👍🏻😘 7mo
Cathythoughts @Nute I‘m with the peace too 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
CarolynM When I saw the photo I thought you had cleverly recreated the Trauma Cleaner cover😂 I guess you have to read it now. 7mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM 😂 I couldn‘t believe it ... I thought it reminded me of a book cover ... I guess I will have to read it 🙃 7mo
BooknerdsLife Haha 😂 that‘s the cover of the audio book I‘m listening to✌🏼👏🏼 7mo
Cathythoughts @BooknerdsLife 😂! I know it‘s a scream , I couldn‘t get over it 😁 7mo
BooknerdsLife @Cathythoughts 🤣🤣🤣it‘s uncanny! 7mo
LeahBergen 😂😂😂 7mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen 🙄😂😂 7mo
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perfectsinner
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It wasn't what I had expected, but still an all right, interesting read

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BooknerdsLife
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I don‘t like non fiction but have been wanting to read this since its published! Just started this audio last night cause my eyes were too tired to read. It‘s about this extraordinary courageous woman who became the trauma cleaner after she was a husband, father & drag queen & even tho she has gone through a lot in her life, she‘s living a positive life and helping others in many way.
#audiobook #booknerd #currentread #24B4Monday #nonfiction

TheReadingMermaid Sounds interesting! 8mo
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Linda906
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Sandra Pankhurst is a trauma cleaner. Not only does she clean scenes after traumas and horrific events, she also is a lifeline for the real people involved. Her own life is full of abuse and neglect, yet she is a survivor that faces each day with so much courage and makes a difference in her clients‘ lives. I listened to this true story and fell in love with this inspirational, vibrant woman. A five star read for me.

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A difficult read because of what Sandra had to go through it her life, and the work she threw herself into in her later years. Reading about these things is nothing compared to her lived experience, however. I had to take my time to get through this one.

The author did a fantastic job keeping as true to the story as one can with the unreliable recounting of events, which Krasnostein is upfront about.

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ReadingRuby
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A great audiobook about an incredible woman‘s life. The narration was perfect, and I feel a real connection with both the author and Sandra. Though her life has been a million miles away from mine, in ways I felt like I could really relate to her

suvata On my TBR 9mo
ReadingRuby @suvata I highly recommend it! 9mo
RadicalReader I love audiobooks such a wonderful time having someone else read to you 9mo
ReadingRuby @RadicalReader I love audiobooks! Great company when I‘m driving or cleaning 9mo
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Hestapleton
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Taking a break from listening to podcasts at work and giving this a try. Have any of you lovely Littens read this one before?

ShyBookOwl I heard about this book... on a podcast 😂 it was being highly spoken of. I hope you enjoy it! 9mo
Redwritinghood Yes, it was pretty good. 9mo
MarriedtoMrT I listened to it and loved it. A tough read but good. She‘s fascinating. 9mo
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8little_paws I'm listening now, going to finish it today. I have mixed feelings. 9mo
Joanne1 It‘s a bit harrowing but beautifully told. 9mo
ReadingEnvy Loved it and thought the author handled her subject well 9mo
Cinfhen Such a powerful read, although I did audio and it was fantastic!!!! 9mo
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ReadingRuby
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I had a lovely afternoon this weekend driving through the North Yorkshire moors with The Trauma Cleaner for company. This book is fascinating, and my first book looking at the experience of a transgender person

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Was cleaning up my goodreads and well.... this happened #bookhaul #library

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Reading Envy Podcast 148: Multiple Lives with Jeff Koeppen

Jeff (@BestDogDad) talks about visiting the actual place where his novels took place, and Jenny discovers Jeff has an entire shelf for a subgenre he's really into. Jenny experiences some weird moments while she's reading weird short stories, and they seem related. We discuss fascinating people and historical fantasy before we're through.

http://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy148

Centique Great podcast Jenny! I‘m here for that multiple lives bookshelf of Jeff‘s too 😍😍 10mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique thank you! I need to go look at his shelf! 10mo
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arlenefinnigan
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An extraordinary life indeed. A remarkable story, told with empathy and compassion.

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Christine
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Thanks to so many Litsy raves, plus a reminder from the most recent Reading Glasses podcast episode, I finally got around to this, and yay, because it truly was fantastic. Not only is Sandra Pankhurst a thoroughly fascinating subject, but also Krasnostein is a great writer and storyteller. Loved how she portrayed the humanity of the trauma cleaning customers, too, rather than just focusing on the gory details of their living conditions.

Blaire Yes! I picked it up bc of litsy reviews as well and was so glad I did. Also liked the empathy for each individual shown by Sandra and the author. 10mo
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CuriousG
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Cannot praise this one enough. What could have been simply depressing or shock value, was written with care and poignancy. A look at a life both remarkable and tragic at the same time. Listening to this I cheered Sandra on, was frustrated by her actions, and wept for her. Ultimately I grew to love her spirit, as I hoped she would rise above her own trauma and interact differently with loved ones.

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Carolyn11215
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Just realized this works for something from another country prompt on #nonfiction2019 since Sandra lives in Australia.

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Carolyn11215
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Interesting book about the life and career of a transexual woman, who has experienced incredible brutality and trauma in her own life, and now owns a business cleaning up the detritus of trauma...death, decay, disaster.

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#HeartofGold | Sandra Pankhurst: trauma survivor, and now trauma cleaner. She‘s pretty amazing. 💛

#marchintothe70s
📷: Sandra Pankhurst

JennyM Great choice. She‘s an amazing lady! ❤️ 10mo
britt_brooke @JennyM Thanks! Her story is so remarkable. 💛 10mo
gentlepet I LOVED THIS 10mo
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Velvetfur That book sounds sooooo good from the synopsis on here! 10mo
Cinfhen Such a great pick 🙌🏻 10mo
britt_brooke @gentlepet I think Krasnostein really did this story justice. 10mo
britt_brooke @Velvetfur 5⭐️ from me! It was like nothing I‘ve ever read before. I listened to the audio and it was fantastic. 10mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks! And credit goes to you for pointing me in this book‘s direction! 🤗 10mo
wanderinglynn Wow. That sounds like an incredible read. 10mo
britt_brooke @wanderinglynn It‘s such a great read! Sandra is amazing. 10mo
Megabooks Yaaaasss! Loved this! 10mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks It was so good. 💚 Sandra is amazing. I‘ve been recommending this a lot. I want everyone to read it! 10mo
Reviewsbylola I agree, totally amazing! 10mo
CuriousG Have this one waiting in my audiobook queue. Can't wait to get started! 10mo
britt_brooke @CuriousG The audio is fantastic! Hope you enjoy. She‘s had a tough life, but she‘s truly amazing. 10mo
Cinfhen That‘s why I ♥️Litsy!!! Some of my best reads were found here suggested by other readers❣️❣️❣️🙌🏻 10mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Same here!! 💚 10mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Megabooks
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Count me as another litten heaping praise on this book! Sandra Pankhurst is an amazingly strong woman. She has inhabited so many lives from abused child to sex worker to business owner. I can‘t imagine how she has survived, much less had the strength to help so many others. 5⭐️+

#LGBT #nonfiction2019 #somethingfromanothercountry @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

MarriedtoMrT So good! ❤️ 11mo
Megabooks @MarriedtoMrT I loved it! (edited) 11mo
Cinfhen So glad you enjoyed this one!!!! Sandra is amazing 🙌🏻💕 11mo
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Megabooks She is one of the most brave women I‘ve ever read about @Cinfhen !!! 💪💪💪 11mo
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 11mo
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Megabooks
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I highly recommend reading these two books together. The Trauma Cleaner is beautiful, but heavy. Paperback Crush is funny, yet well researched. I am having a wonderful time switching between the two. It‘s 1:15 AM, and I don‘t want to go to bed! #nonfiction #nonfiction2019

Sace I loved Paperback Crush! 11mo
Reviewsbylola Loved TTC! 11mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola It‘s amazing!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 11mo
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Blaire
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Sandra‘s journey as a survivor of a traumatic childhood into a business owner doing industrial cleans of others‘ homes after tragedy or trauma befalls them was completely engrossing. I listened everywhere and after adjusting to it, liked how the narrator intermixed the stories of Sandra‘s clients with Sandra‘s own story. #lgbtqia #audiobook

Cinfhen I agree, it took a little bit to get “comfortable” with the format/ style but once I did I was totally absorbed. Such a compelling story. Excellent review & photo. 11mo
Blaire @Cinfhen yes. The way author inserted her own thoughts also took me a bit to adjust to, but so good. Such a unique story. 11mo
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Blaire
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Now it‘s time for some #audiounpacking. I‘ve started trying to do this immediately. I used to let suitcases sit full of clothes until my next trip. 😂😂😂. A good audiobook helps with all stinky chores.

britt_brooke I hate unpacking, but audiobooks do make the most annoying things tolerable. 💚🎧 11mo
Cathythoughts Audible helps with lots of to do jobs 👍🏻♥️ 11mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts @britt_brooke got it done and it was mostly bearable. 🤪😍 11mo
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It‘s rather apparent from reading this book that some people have difficult lives. Oh boy! The adoptive parents of the protagonist of this story were despicable. I also realise that although I don‘t particularly agree with the whole Marie Kondo decluttering bug that‘s claimed the world this book has made me want to have a good clean out. Anyway good book ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛

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Up next is my pick for #NonFiction2019 #SomethingYouWerentLookingFor #MountTBR2019 #Bk9 & #Pop19 #PopSugarReadingChallenge #BookYouThinkShouldBeAMovie The story of Sandra Pankhurst, a trans woman in Australia, who overcame abuse as a child & then coming to terms with her sexuality as an adult, becomes a trauma cleaner who deals with other people‘s pain. Comes highly recommended by littens I trust. And I‘m stoked it‘s another #AussieLit book!

Cathythoughts The cover of this book really freaks me out. And I‘m ok with scarey books usually.... 11mo
JacqMac This one is so good! Heartbreaking, but well told. 11mo
JennyM It is soooo good. Sandra is an amazing lady. Enjoy 11mo
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And breathe... Uninterrupted train reading time! 😀 Enjoying this one; an unusual real life tale of a transgender trauma cleaner in Australia, cleaning up after deaths or hoarders. An interesting and very different read.

Cinfhen This book tore my heart open 11mo
bedandabook It is heartbreaking, isn‘t it @Cinfhen? But inspirational too. 11mo
Cinfhen Yes, Sandra is incredible 11mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sandra believes that everyone deserves compassion because she deserves compassion. Abused and severely neglected by her adoptive parents, Sandra, born male, has suffered more heartache and trauma than any human should ever endure. And yet, despite it all, as a trauma cleaner, she helps others, showing them they are worthy of warmth, love, and respect. Krasnostein does this incredible life story justice.

Hooked_on_books Great review! You really captured it. I was impressed with this book—her story was told so sensitively. 11mo
Cinfhen Amazing review!! If you believe in angels then you‘ve just read about one. This is a story that will stay with me for a very long time 11mo
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks so much for putting this on my radar. Sandra is amazing. 💚 11mo
Reviewsbylola I enjoyed reading about her life so much, even though I went into this expecting it to be solely about her business. 11mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola The subtitle is a bit deceiving. 11mo
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Cinfhen
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The why‘s & how‘s of this memoir will be haunting me for a very long time. The narrator, Rachael Tidd was absolutely spectacular with her soothing voice and compassionate elocution. Sandra‘s story is remarkable and utterly heartbreaking but her spirit and will to be is triumphant. My first five star of the year. ⚠️Be warned, lots of heavy subject matter (abuse, rape, abandonment,mental illness) If you can brave the pain, I highly recommend

TrishB I think that probably has too much real life sad for me! I can cope when it‘s fiction. 11mo
Cinfhen It‘s A LOT of real life sad 😞 @TrishB but Sandra is a force and a person to be admired. I‘m really humbled to read her story and to know that someone who has been through so much still has the will & strength to help others is amazing. 11mo
TrishB She sounds amazing ❤️ 11mo
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JennyM She‘s a remarkable human ❤️ 11mo
CocoReads That sounds like an amazing book, stacking now! 11mo
Cinfhen If you can get the audio, I HIGHLY recommend ~ it was so good @CocoReads 11mo
CocoReads I‘ll check into it, either way @Cinfhen. I have a tremendous amount of trouble with audio-I can‘t focus on it. I keep trying though so maybe this one will be the winner. 11mo
Cinfhen Im a newly minted #audio convert @CocoReads I find memoirs & nonfiction work best for me. There was something about the narrator that made this story even more compelling. 11mo
8little_paws @CocoReads play around with the playback speed as well on audio. I find audiobooks at regular speed too slow so I zone out. Pick up the speed to a more conversational pace and I focus much better 11mo
CocoReads My biggest difficulty is that if I listen while I‘m doing something (even walking), I don‘t really listen to what‘s being said. But if I listen while sitting down “so I can focus”, I just fall asleep. I‘m very visual. Audio is too much like being read to, and I‘ve not enjoyed that since I was very small. Once I could read on my own, that‘s my preference. 11mo
CocoReads Having said all that, I keep trying because the older I get, the worse my eyes are and if I could do audio, that would help with some of the eye strain and fatigue. 11mo
Kalalalatja Sandra is amazing! 🙌 11mo
Blaire Just downloaded this from hoopla! Will be my next #audiobook 11mo
Cinfhen I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts @Blaire it took a little bit of time before I became fully invested ~ it‘s really special 11mo
Tashreads I loved it too. She is a strong survivor for sure. I did feel sorry for her wife and kids though 😢 11mo
Cinfhen It was pretty interesting to see how indifferent Sandra appeared but inside you could sense all of her vulnerabilities and insecurities regarding her boys. I honestly don‘t think she felt bad for Linda ( which I certainly did @Tashreads ) 11mo
Lizpixie This is my next non fiction read. I can‘t wait🙌 11mo
Cinfhen Soooooooo good @Lizpixie but it‘s going to leave you feeling very sad 😭 11mo
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Tashreads
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About to start this highly acclaimed non fiction audiobook. Anyone read it yet?

whatsthEStorey Just finished this a couple weeks ago. It was really good! A very complex person and story. 12mo
thereadingowlvina I wasn't able to get into it. Maybe I'll try the audiobook next time 😕 12mo
TheBookKeepers No buts it‘s been on my TBR for a while! 12mo
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MrsMalaprop Yes, I found it totally engrossing and fascinating. 12mo
rwmg It's on my wishlist 12mo
JennyM It‘s brilliant (edited) 12mo
BarbaraBB Yes and it is fascinating! 11mo
britt_brooke Just started it today! 11mo
nikirtehsuxlol I had this checked out but I just finished Smoke Gets in Your Eyes about a crematorium and need a break from death reads 11mo
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This is the story of Sandra, an Australian trans woman who endured abuse as a child, worked as a sex worker and now cleans house for those who have lost their way or after deaths. The sensitivity with which her story is told is lovely. I think this one will stick with me for a while.

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