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Praise for MESS

New York Times Book Review

A gorgeous writer…. Can clutter be glorious?

New York Times – “Melissa Clark: By the Book”

A fascinating read by a hoarder about the psychology and culture of hoarding.

Publishers Weekly

In this hilarious memoir, Yourgrau regales readers with tales of his tendency to collect objects and keep them….”

A compelling and thoroughly entertaining hybrid of memoir and research… Yourgrau tells a story as addictive as a whodunit — one we might call a whydunit.”

O, The Oprah Magazine

With aplomb, Yourgrau documents his winding journey to unpack his home and mind.”

Wall Street Journal

“Droll…engaging… Mr. Yourgrau is a comedian and he writes with self-mocking humor.”

Library Journal

Terrifically funny… Not only a great memoir but also a superb introduction to the history of and theories about hoarding.”

More Praise for MESS

“All of us who live—or have lived—in unmentionable and unspeakable abodes owe it to ourselves to have our anti-domestic pathologies turned into something as funny and charming as Mess.” — Lawrence Osborne, author of The Forgiven

“If Richard Pryor and Lydia Davis shared a hoarder’s body, this is the memoir of that wild gorgeous being. A great literary mind gathers the whole world into his apartment and then, like a Grimm’s witch, tries to make it disappear.” — Clancy Martin, author of Love and Lies

“Barry Yourgrau is America’s Kafka, if Kafka were hysterically funny, weirdly relatable, and had just a little bit of a hoarding problem. Mess is a total Yourgrau feast—I wept with laughter (but then why couldn’t I throw away my Kleenex?).”— Sandra Tsing Loh, author of The Madwoman in the Volvo

And A Few More Things They Say about His FICTION

“Reading Barry Yougrau is addictive, like putting peanuts in your nose and they turn into spaceships or something.”
Roy Blount Jr.
“Strangely sublime” – NY Times Book Review
“The primal imagery of Grimm’s fairy tales.”— Elle