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The Trauma Cleaner
The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster | Sarah Krasnostein
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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 dead—and 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. ‘What’s 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 make—and 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 Narratively’s 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 couldn’t put this book down, and I can’t 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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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? 2w
Cathythoughts @AmyG are there a few with this cover ?? 2w
Ruthiella Or the universe is sending you the peace✌️ sign! 2w
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AmyG Ahhhhh right. I am reading Maid, so naturally that was my first thought. Ha! 2w
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella loving your interpretation ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
Nute I‘m with @Ruthiella and going for a message of peace especially if the other message is get out mops and buckets!🤣 2w
Cathythoughts @AmyG I‘m not familiar with any of the books ... only the cover is memorable 👍🏻😘 2w
Cathythoughts @Nute I‘m with the peace too 👍🏻♥️ 2w
CarolynM When I saw the photo I thought you had cleverly recreated the Trauma Cleaner cover😂 I guess you have to read it now. 2w
Cathythoughts @CarolynM 😂 I couldn‘t believe it ... I thought it reminded me of a book cover ... I guess I will have to read it 🙃 2w
BooknerdsLife Haha 😂 that‘s the cover of the audio book I‘m listening to✌🏼👏🏼 2w
Cathythoughts @BooknerdsLife 😂! I know it‘s a scream , I couldn‘t get over it 😁 2w
BooknerdsLife @Cathythoughts 🤣🤣🤣it‘s uncanny! 2w
LeahBergen 😂😂😂 2w
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen 🙄😂😂 2w
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perfectsinner
Mehso-so

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! 2mo
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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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taraWritesSci
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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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Pickpick

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 3mo
ReadingRuby @suvata I highly recommend it! 3mo
RadicalReader I love audiobooks such a wonderful time having someone else read to you 3mo
ReadingRuby @RadicalReader I love audiobooks! Great company when I‘m driving or cleaning 3mo
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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! 3mo
Redwritinghood Yes, it was pretty good. 3mo
MarriedtoMrT I listened to it and loved it. A tough read but good. She‘s fascinating. 3mo
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8little_paws I'm listening now, going to finish it today. I have mixed feelings. 3mo
Joanne1 It‘s a bit harrowing but beautifully told. 3mo
ReadingEnvy Loved it and thought the author handled her subject well 3mo
Cinfhen Such a powerful read, although I did audio and it was fantastic!!!! 3mo
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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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Conservio
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Was cleaning up my goodreads and well.... this happened #bookhaul #library

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ReadingEnvy
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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 😍😍 3mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique thank you! I need to go look at his shelf! 3mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Pickpick

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. 3mo
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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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Pickpick

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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britt_brooke
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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! ❤️ 4mo
britt_brooke @JennyM Thanks! Her story is so remarkable. 💛 4mo
gentlepet I LOVED THIS 4mo
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Velvetfur That book sounds sooooo good from the synopsis on here! 4mo
Cinfhen Such a great pick 🙌🏻 4mo
britt_brooke @gentlepet I think Krasnostein really did this story justice. 4mo
britt_brooke @Velvetfur 5⭐️ from me! It was like nothing I‘ve ever read before. I listened to the audio and it was fantastic. 4mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks! And credit goes to you for pointing me in this book‘s direction! 🤗 4mo
wanderinglynn Wow. That sounds like an incredible read. 4mo
britt_brooke @wanderinglynn It‘s such a great read! Sandra is amazing. 4mo
Megabooks Yaaaasss! Loved this! 4mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks It was so good. 💚 Sandra is amazing. I‘ve been recommending this a lot. I want everyone to read it! 4mo
Reviewsbylola I agree, totally amazing! 4mo
CuriousG Have this one waiting in my audiobook queue. Can't wait to get started! 4mo
britt_brooke @CuriousG The audio is fantastic! Hope you enjoy. She‘s had a tough life, but she‘s truly amazing. 4mo
Cinfhen That‘s why I ♥️Litsy!!! Some of my best reads were found here suggested by other readers❣️❣️❣️🙌🏻 4mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Same here!! 💚 4mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Next up

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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! ❤️ 4mo
Megabooks @MarriedtoMrT I loved it! (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen So glad you enjoyed this one!!!! Sandra is amazing 🙌🏻💕 4mo
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Megabooks She is one of the most brave women I‘ve ever read about @Cinfhen !!! 💪💪💪 4mo
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 4mo
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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

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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. 5mo
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. 5mo
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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. 💚🎧 5mo
Cathythoughts Audible helps with lots of to do jobs 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts @britt_brooke got it done and it was mostly bearable. 🤪😍 5mo
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TheCuriousHousecat
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Pickpick

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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Lizpixie
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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.... 5mo
JacqMac This one is so good! Heartbreaking, but well told. 5mo
JennyM It is soooo good. Sandra is an amazing lady. Enjoy 5mo
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bedandabook
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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 5mo
bedandabook It is heartbreaking, isn‘t it @Cinfhen? But inspirational too. 5mo
Cinfhen Yes, Sandra is incredible 5mo
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britt_brooke
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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. 5mo
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 5mo
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks so much for putting this on my radar. Sandra is amazing. 💚 5mo
Reviewsbylola I enjoyed reading about her life so much, even though I went into this expecting it to be solely about her business. 5mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola The subtitle is a bit deceiving. 5mo
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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. 5mo
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. 5mo
TrishB She sounds amazing ❤️ 5mo
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JennyM She‘s a remarkable human ❤️ 5mo
CocoReads That sounds like an amazing book, stacking now! 5mo
Cinfhen If you can get the audio, I HIGHLY recommend ~ it was so good @CocoReads 5mo
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. 5mo
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. 5mo
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 5mo
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. 5mo
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. 5mo
Kalalalatja Sandra is amazing! 🙌 5mo
Blaire Just downloaded this from hoopla! Will be my next #audiobook 5mo
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 5mo
Tashreads I loved it too. She is a strong survivor for sure. I did feel sorry for her wife and kids though 😢 5mo
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 ) 5mo
Lizpixie This is my next non fiction read. I can‘t wait🙌 5mo
Cinfhen Soooooooo good @Lizpixie but it‘s going to leave you feeling very sad 😭 5mo
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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. 5mo
thereadingowlvina I wasn't able to get into it. Maybe I'll try the audiobook next time 😕 5mo
TheBookKeepers No buts it‘s been on my TBR for a while! 5mo
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MrsMalaprop Yes, I found it totally engrossing and fascinating. 5mo
rwmg It's on my wishlist 5mo
JennyM It‘s brilliant (edited) 5mo
BarbaraBB Yes and it is fascinating! 5mo
britt_brooke Just started it today! 5mo
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 5mo
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Hooked_on_books
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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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Cinfhen
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OMG!! This book 💔💔💔💔💔I can‘t ~ my heart is breaking 😭😭😭

Kalalalatja 💔💔💔 5mo
JacqMac Yeah, it ripped my heart up, too. 5mo
scowler1 Can't remember if I've read this 🤔 5mo
Cinfhen I can‘t imagine forgetting this book @scowler1 it‘s very powerful!!! Just when you think it can‘t get worse, it does 😰😰😰 @JacqMac @Kalalalatja 5mo
Reviewsbylola Great book. You‘ve got to watch the Nat Geo documentary on the company Crime Scene Cleaners if you like this one. It‘s fascinating and the owner of the company Neal is hilarious. 5mo
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Cinfhen
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I‘m on a #NonFiction #Hoopla #Audio roll 🎧Here we go....
A total #BlameItOnLitsy

Cathythoughts What is this book about 👍🏻👍🏻... I don‘t know , look forward to your thoughts 5mo
Carolyn11215 I just got this from the library...can‘t wait to dive in. 5mo
BarbaraBB This is such a shocking good book. ❤️ 5mo
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Kalalalatja This was such an interesting read! 5mo
Blaire Ooh I really want to read this one 5mo
britt_brooke This sounds good. #stacked 5mo
Cinfhen This is probably the most original memoir I‘ve read. I‘m only a few chapters in but I‘m completely spellbound. Sandra, a woman with a mysterious past runs a “cleaning” service for people who have or who are experiencing “trauma” which manifests in their homes (ie: hoarding, graffiti, crime scenes, EXTREME neglect) Sara, a journalist is following Sandra as she meets “clients” & Sara is recording what she‘s witnessing. It‘s beyond fascinating 5mo
Cinfhen 👆🏽 @Cathythoughts @britt_brooke @Blaire @Carolyn11215 See above comments 👆🏽I‘m listening to the audio and it‘s brilliant. I found it on #Hoopla 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m mesmerized right now @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB Shocking is such a good word for this book!!!! 5mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks! It sounds fascinating. I‘ll definitely grab it on audio when the time comes. 5mo
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Carleneishere
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I just started this but I‘m already hooked. Listening and cross stitching.

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BooksAtNight
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Such a powerful and intimate look at someone who was traumatized herself and deals with other people‘s trauma on a daily basis. There are horrifying details (TW: sexual violence among others) but there is courage and compassion as well. A hard read at times, but ultimately one that it‘s okay to be imperfect and to be a WIP.

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JacqMac
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I don‘t even know how to describe this book. It is a story of compassion and empathy. From Sandra and for Sandra. She cleans up her life after the most horrible traumas, so she‘s able to keep moving forward. Whatever that entails. There is a lot of pain and perseverance. Sandra‘s story is heartbreaking and inspiring. It will make you look at the world a little bit differently.

Soubhiville Nice review, thanks! I‘ve stacked it 🙂 📚! 6mo
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JacqMac
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Alone to read. This week got crazy. I have missed you Litsy. And I have missed reading even more. I‘m not going to sleep until I finish this book. Yay for weekends and late nights, when everyone else is asleep.

Eggs I totally understand-I hope you get some peace and reading time 😍 6mo
Marina_h And early mornings when nobody has woken up yet 😊 6mo
TrishB Know that feeling. I get up early to read. I‘d rather sacrifice an hours sleep to have an hour alone reading. 6mo
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LauraBeth That‘s the best 🙌 I‘m like you @TrishB - I wake up at 4 am to get reading alone time 6mo
TrishB @LauraBeth helps to get in the right space for the day. I‘m always a bit disappointed when I hear the doors opening up stairs! 6mo
Soubhiville I‘m with @TrishB and @LauraBeth , I get my alone reading time in the mornings. On days off I‘m usually up 3-4 hours before my husband, and I love it that way! 6mo
Slajaunie This is so true! 6mo
JacqMac @Marina_h @TrishB @LauraBeth @Soubhiville My husband is a morning person. Though I do stay in bed sometimes to read after he gets up. He leaves me alone, because he thinks I‘m sleeping. Why sleep when you can read? Lol 6mo
TrishB I always think I‘m still going to be tired after another hours sleep, so I may as well enjoy the reading! 6mo
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JacqMac
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I‘‘m 100 pages in and I‘m not sure if I‘m emotionally prepared for this one....

LoveToReadLiveToRead Wow, sounds....interesting! 6mo
Redwritinghood It‘s rough, but it‘s a really good book. 6mo
BookNerd9906 Yikes! 😬 6mo
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gentlepet
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I honestly wish I had the time and resources to just buy this book for everyone I know & then sit there & make sure they read it.

They‘d all thank me. I‘d get some kind of award I reckon, for services rendered to the common good or something.

This book is breathtaking and if you don‘t like it I‘m not sure we can be friends. The end.

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Magpiegem
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I have just finished this book and I can‘t recommend it enough. It was absolutely fascinating, heart warming, heart breaking in equal measures.

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ShookBelf
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This is simply outstanding. I loved every second of this audiobook, although certain parts were heart breaking to listen to, and included vivid descriptions of abuse and rape. I came away from it with nothing but respect and admiration for Sandra Pankhurst - she is one hell of a woman!
5 squeaky clean, bright golden stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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MarriedtoMrT
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I read this on audio months ago (the audio is great!) but waited until my physical copy hold came in before reviewing.

Sandra may clean trauma but she has also lived trauma. She is also so complex. She is one of the most compassionate human beings and yet also has made choices that have severely harmed some of the people whom she should hold most dear. I was fascinated. I was horrified. I was heartbroken. I'm so happy I picked up this book.

Cinfhen Great review. 8mo
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JennyM
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FINALLY getting to this one ☝️

BlameJennyJane Such an amazing woman! 8mo
JennyM @BlameJennyJane I cannot wait to start this. It‘s been on my TBR for too long! (edited) 8mo
BooknerdsLife @JennyM I have this on my TBR for a long time too! 😀 Hope you enjoy it! 8mo
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BarbaraBB
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I think this quote says it all and I love it. Sandra is such a strong woman 💪🏼

Kalalalatja I loved this book! 👏 9mo
BarbaraBB I know! You and @Marchpane made me buy it. I suppose for you as a psychologist it‘s extra interesting! (edited) 9mo
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BarbaraBB
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How much I learned from this book and what a woman Sandra Parkhurst is. She has lived an incredible hard life only to come out stronger. She cleans the houses of homicide, suicide and death scenes. The houses of hoarders, people ending up somehow among rubbish, faeces, and maggots. Their stories as well as her own are so gripping and Krasnostein writes them down respectfully.

(Pic: in the back of a pick-up truck in Cuernavaca, Mexico)

Jee_HookedOnBookz Added this to my TBR! Gosh my TBR is getting worse by the day! And day is an understatement! 9mo
Kalalalatja How did I miss you are in Mexico??? It looks awesome! 9mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja For work! Lucky me! 😘 9mo
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Wife
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It was hard to get to know Sandra, the subject of this book. She has so disconnected from her past in order to cope. Her humanity and kindness become apparent in the chapters where she connects with a person in a hoarding situation. She‘s endured a lifetime of trauma and suffering. 3⭐️s

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Jen2
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Wow! I was interested in just the cleaning up of crime scenes and homes of hoarders, but it took a major twist!! So good!!!

Birdsong28 If you like this you will like the film Sunshine Cleaning 📚📖 9mo
rwmg Wishlisted 9mo
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Pretty sure this is going to be a fascinating read!

Jennick2004 This sounds right up my alley! 10mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Jennick2004 right?! I suggested it for my Bookclub this month... so I could really solidify my place as our club‘s resident weirdo 😂 10mo
SW-T Sounds good! 10mo
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Jennick2004 Haha that‘s awesome 🤣 I‘ve watched every true crime and medical show I can find on Hulu and Netflix 😝 (edited) 10mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Jennick2004 yaaassss! I fall asleep watching forensic files every night! We could be wonderful friends! 10mo
TheBookKeepers Excited to see ur review, this was recommended to me by a friend and has been sitting on my TBR for a while! Lol im not a huge non fiction lover tho 10mo
Reviewsbylola It was more memoir like than I expected but a truly great read! 10mo
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1-Yes
2-This year so far it is 123 to 89. Sorry, can't make a ratio with 89 being prime. 🤷‍♀️
3-Memoir/biography and science
4-I Must Say by Martin Short
5-Didn't like it but it was the last one I read. Currently reading Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.

#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 10mo
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#BookMail Pt4 The author of this was actually born in America before moving to Melbourne,Australia. This is a non fiction about the life of Australian Sandra Pankhurst & won a host of awards.Born male, husband & father before transitioning in the 70s. Kicked out of home, she ended up becoming a sex worker before marrying & starting a business as a “Trauma Cleaner”, the people that clean all sorts of places like murder scenes, hoarders houses etc.

SamanthaMarie Wow! That sounds so interesting and SO intense! 10mo
Kalalalatja Looooooved this! 10mo
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