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Heart of Junk

by Luke Geddes

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Collecting, Hoarding and Minimalism: America's Obsession with Stuff

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Marie KondoHeart of Junk, the debut novel from Luke Geddes, is set in the fictional Heart of America antique mall in Kansas. The vendors in the mall hope to make some money selling off bits of their collections—Barbies, postcards, glassware, furniture and more. Geddes uses each collection to tell the reader something about its owner, as well as to explore the concept of value in our personal belongings.

Over the past decade, American society has had a love/hate relationship with "junk." Collector-based television shows such as American Pickers and Pawn Stars, as well as the long-running Antiques Roadshow, have glamorized the colorful, strange and wondrous collections of people from all walks of life. On the other hand, shows like Hoarders shine a light on the perils of unchecked collecting as a potential sign of a mental health condition.

So how do collectors differ from those with hoarding disorder, a diagnosable mental illness?

Collecting is a common leisure activity for a large...

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