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Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster
Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster | Sarah Krasnostein
A fascinating, incredible true story about the person who spends her life cleaning up after traumas.Do you know who cleans up a murder scene? It's not the police or the paramedics. It's people like Sandra Pankhurst, a trauma cleaner for whom death and decay are a part of life. Sandra's trauma work includes crime scenes and floods, real estate agents, executors of deceased estates, and charitable organizations. All call on Sandra to deal with lonely deaths, suicides or cases of long-term property neglect, where homes have fallen into disrepute due to the occupier's mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, aging, or physical disability. Sandra comes to know her clients as well as they know themselves; she airs out their smells, throws out their weird porn, their photos, their letters, the last traces of their DNA entombed in soaps and toothbrushes. She does not, however, erase these people. She couldn't. She has experienced their same sorrows. This is the fascinating true story of what happens after disaster; what happens when the dust clears and all that's left is a mess to clean up? You call Sandra, who arrives to make order out of chaos.
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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 👍🎉😄 1w
Nute Binge Buying Books...say that fast three times!😅 I‘m down with this action!👍🏽 1w
Ashley_Nicoletto The last few weeks have had fantastic ebook deals. I‘ve also been filling up my ereader. 1w
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EliNeedsMoreShelves Lol - binge buying books is my superpower. 😆 1w
BarbaraBB The tagged one is so good!! 1w
Eyelit Same! 1w
cathipink The Trauma Cleaner has stuck with me all year. I wholly support this binge 🙂 1w
Kalalalatja Binge Buying Books should be a national sport! 🙌 1w
MicheleinPhilly @Kalalalatja You‘re looking at the World Champ right here! 🏆 1w
britt_brooke My favorite kind of bingeing! 3d
Cinfhen Well done 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3d
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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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Rissreads
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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! 1mo
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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 2mo
BarbaraBB Such a good read. 2mo
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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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Mehso-so

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.

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Dolly
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Mehso-so

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. 5mo
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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 🙈 5mo
rwmg It's on my virtual TBR shelf. I may have to move it up a few places 5mo
cathipink I loved this book. Still thinking about it after reading it last month. 4mo
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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? 6mo
Cathythoughts @AmyG are there a few with this cover ?? 6mo
Ruthiella Or the universe is sending you the peace✌️ sign! 6mo
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AmyG Ahhhhh right. I am reading Maid, so naturally that was my first thought. Ha! 6mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella loving your interpretation ♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
Nute I‘m with @Ruthiella and going for a message of peace especially if the other message is get out mops and buckets!🤣 6mo
Cathythoughts @AmyG I‘m not familiar with any of the books ... only the cover is memorable 👍🏻😘 6mo
Cathythoughts @Nute I‘m with the peace too 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
CarolynM When I saw the photo I thought you had cleverly recreated the Trauma Cleaner cover😂 I guess you have to read it now. 6mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM 😂 I couldn‘t believe it ... I thought it reminded me of a book cover ... I guess I will have to read it 🙃 6mo
BooknerdsLife Haha 😂 that‘s the cover of the audio book I‘m listening to✌🏼👏🏼 5mo
Cathythoughts @BooknerdsLife 😂! I know it‘s a scream , I couldn‘t get over it 😁 5mo
BooknerdsLife @Cathythoughts 🤣🤣🤣it‘s uncanny! 5mo
LeahBergen 😂😂😂 5mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen 🙄😂😂 5mo
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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! 7mo
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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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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 8mo
ReadingRuby @suvata I highly recommend it! 8mo
RadicalReader I love audiobooks such a wonderful time having someone else read to you 8mo
ReadingRuby @RadicalReader I love audiobooks! Great company when I‘m driving or cleaning 8mo
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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! 8mo
Redwritinghood Yes, it was pretty good. 8mo
MarriedtoMrT I listened to it and loved it. A tough read but good. She‘s fascinating. 8mo
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8little_paws I'm listening now, going to finish it today. I have mixed feelings. 8mo
Joanne1 It‘s a bit harrowing but beautifully told. 8mo
ReadingEnvy Loved it and thought the author handled her subject well 8mo
Cinfhen Such a powerful read, although I did audio and it was fantastic!!!! 8mo
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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 😍😍 8mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique thank you! I need to go look at his shelf! 8mo
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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. 8mo
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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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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! ❤️ 9mo
britt_brooke @JennyM Thanks! Her story is so remarkable. 💛 9mo
gentlepet I LOVED THIS 9mo
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Velvetfur That book sounds sooooo good from the synopsis on here! 9mo
Cinfhen Such a great pick 🙌🏻 9mo
britt_brooke @gentlepet I think Krasnostein really did this story justice. 9mo
britt_brooke @Velvetfur 5⭐️ from me! It was like nothing I‘ve ever read before. I listened to the audio and it was fantastic. 9mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks! And credit goes to you for pointing me in this book‘s direction! 🤗 9mo
wanderinglynn Wow. That sounds like an incredible read. 9mo
britt_brooke @wanderinglynn It‘s such a great read! Sandra is amazing. 9mo
Megabooks Yaaaasss! Loved this! 9mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks It was so good. 💚 Sandra is amazing. I‘ve been recommending this a lot. I want everyone to read it! 9mo
Reviewsbylola I agree, totally amazing! 9mo
CuriousG Have this one waiting in my audiobook queue. Can't wait to get started! 9mo
britt_brooke @CuriousG The audio is fantastic! Hope you enjoy. She‘s had a tough life, but she‘s truly amazing. 9mo
Cinfhen That‘s why I ♥️Litsy!!! Some of my best reads were found here suggested by other readers❣️❣️❣️🙌🏻 9mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Same here!! 💚 9mo
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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! ❤️ 9mo
Megabooks @MarriedtoMrT I loved it! (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen So glad you enjoyed this one!!!! Sandra is amazing 🙌🏻💕 9mo
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Megabooks She is one of the most brave women I‘ve ever read about @Cinfhen !!! 💪💪💪 9mo
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 9mo
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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! 9mo
Reviewsbylola Loved TTC! 9mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola It‘s amazing!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 9mo
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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. 10mo
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. 10mo
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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. 💚🎧 10mo
Cathythoughts Audible helps with lots of to do jobs 👍🏻♥️ 10mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts @britt_brooke got it done and it was mostly bearable. 🤪😍 10mo
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TheCuriousHousecat
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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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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.... 10mo
JacqMac This one is so good! Heartbreaking, but well told. 10mo
JennyM It is soooo good. Sandra is an amazing lady. Enjoy 10mo
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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 10mo
bedandabook It is heartbreaking, isn‘t it @Cinfhen? But inspirational too. 10mo
Cinfhen Yes, Sandra is incredible 10mo
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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. 10mo
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 10mo
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks so much for putting this on my radar. Sandra is amazing. 💚 10mo
Reviewsbylola I enjoyed reading about her life so much, even though I went into this expecting it to be solely about her business. 10mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola The subtitle is a bit deceiving. 10mo
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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. 10mo
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. 10mo
TrishB She sounds amazing ❤️ 10mo
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JennyM She‘s a remarkable human ❤️ 10mo
CocoReads That sounds like an amazing book, stacking now! 10mo
Cinfhen If you can get the audio, I HIGHLY recommend ~ it was so good @CocoReads 10mo
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. 10mo
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. 10mo
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 10mo
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. 10mo
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. 10mo
Kalalalatja Sandra is amazing! 🙌 10mo
Blaire Just downloaded this from hoopla! Will be my next #audiobook 10mo
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 10mo
Tashreads I loved it too. She is a strong survivor for sure. I did feel sorry for her wife and kids though 😢 10mo
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 ) 10mo
Lizpixie This is my next non fiction read. I can‘t wait🙌 10mo
Cinfhen Soooooooo good @Lizpixie but it‘s going to leave you feeling very sad 😭 10mo
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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. 10mo
thereadingowlvina I wasn't able to get into it. Maybe I'll try the audiobook next time 😕 10mo
TheBookKeepers No buts it‘s been on my TBR for a while! 10mo
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MrsMalaprop Yes, I found it totally engrossing and fascinating. 10mo
rwmg It's on my wishlist 10mo
JennyM It‘s brilliant (edited) 10mo
BarbaraBB Yes and it is fascinating! 10mo
britt_brooke Just started it today! 10mo
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 10mo
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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 💔💔💔 10mo
JacqMac Yeah, it ripped my heart up, too. 10mo
scowler1 Can't remember if I've read this 🤔 10mo
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 10mo
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. 10mo
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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 10mo
Carolyn11215 I just got this from the library...can‘t wait to dive in. 10mo
BarbaraBB This is such a shocking good book. ❤️ 10mo
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Kalalalatja This was such an interesting read! 10mo
Blaire Ooh I really want to read this one 10mo
britt_brooke This sounds good. #stacked 10mo
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 10mo
Cinfhen 👆🏽 @Cathythoughts @britt_brooke @Blaire @Carolyn11215 See above comments 👆🏽I‘m listening to the audio and it‘s brilliant. I found it on #Hoopla 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m mesmerized right now @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB Shocking is such a good word for this book!!!! 10mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks! It sounds fascinating. I‘ll definitely grab it on audio when the time comes. 10mo
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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 🙂 📚! 11mo
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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 😍 11mo
Marina_h And early mornings when nobody has woken up yet 😊 11mo
TrishB Know that feeling. I get up early to read. I‘d rather sacrifice an hours sleep to have an hour alone reading. 11mo
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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 11mo
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! 11mo
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! 11mo
Slajaunie This is so true! 11mo
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 11mo
TrishB I always think I‘m still going to be tired after another hours sleep, so I may as well enjoy the reading! 11mo
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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! 11mo
Redwritinghood It‘s rough, but it‘s a really good book. 11mo
BookNerd9906 Yikes! 😬 11mo
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gentlepet
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Pickpick

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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Pickpick

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