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Haven’t done one of these columns for awhile…

Here are three recent reviews of note…

Barbara Melosh reviews two books on stuff for The Christian Century:

Stuff:
Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee
Paperback: Mariner, 2011.
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Objects of our Affections.
Uncovering My Family’s Past, One Chair,
Pistol, and Pickle Fork at a Time

Lisa Tracy
Hardback: Bantam, 2011.
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We have become a nation of rich fools. Although the average house size has nearly doubled since 1970, self-storage units, once nearly nonexistent, are a booming business, comprising more than 45,000 facilities with 2 billion square feet of space, most of it full. As cheap goods become more available and our living spaces get bigger, we spend more and more time managing our possessions. “We may own the things in our homes,” Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee observe, “but they own us as well.” Or as the sage of Concord, Ralph Waldo Emerson, put it a century and a half ago, “Things are in the saddle, and ride mankind.”

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