Includes bibliographical references (p. -290).
Dead body in the Collyer Mansion : a prologue to hoarding
Piles upon piles : the story of hoarding
We are what we own : owning, collecting, and hoarding
Amazing junk : the pleasures of hoarding
Bunkers and cocoons : playing it safe
A fragment of me : identity and attachment
Rescue : saving animals from a life on the streets
A river of opportunities
Avoiding the agony
You haven't got a clue
A tree with too many branches : genetics and the brain
A packrat in the family
But it's mine! : hoarding in children
Having, being, and hoarding.
With vivid portraits that show us the traits by which you can identify a hoarder, Frost and Steketee explain the causes and outline the often ineffective treatments for the disorder while illuminating the pull that possessions exert on all of us.