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Praise for MESS

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

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

Publishers Weekly

“Hilarious. Yourgrau regales readers with tales of his tendency to collect objects and keep them.”

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.”

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“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.” — Clancy Martin, author of Love and Lies

More on His FICTION

“An enlightening delight. Yourgrau’s Borgesian tales teach me all over again why I travel: ” – Salon (on Haunted Traveller)

“Very funny… and magnificently nasty.” – Neil Gaiman (on Nastybook)

“Reading Barry Yourgrau is addictive, like putting peanuts in your nose and they turn into spaceships or something.”- Roy Blount Jr. (on A Man Jumps out of An Airplane)

“The primal imagery of Grimm’s fairy tales.”— Elle (on Wearing Dad’s Head)

“Uncommonly imaginative fictions, told with unparalleled style.” – Publishers Weekly (on The Sadness  of Sex)