Local Author of COMING CLEAN Set for Second Library in the Lobby Event, 5/4

Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA) is proud to announce its second "Library in the Lobby event" with the Patchogue-Medford Library (PMLIB) on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Local author Kimberly Rae Miller will discuss her stunning memoir, "Coming Clean," about a childhood spent growing up in a family of extreme hoarders and hiding squalor behind the veneer of a perfect family. A question and answer period will follow Miller's talk and she will be signing copies of her book in the lobby.

Kimberly Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving husband, and a beautifully tidy apartment in Brooklyn. You would never guess that she spent her childhood hiding behind the closed doors of her family's idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspaper, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room-the product of her father's painful and unending struggle with hoarding.

In this coming-of-age story, Miller brings to life her experience of growing up in a rat-infested home, concealing her father's shameful secret from friends for years, and of the emotional burden that ultimately led to an attempt to take her own life. And in beautiful prose, Miller sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents that has thrived in spite of the odds. "Coming Clean" is a story about recognizing where we come from and the relationships that define us and about finding peace in the homes we make for ourselves.

Miller is a professional writer, actress and a self-acclaimed "foodie" living in New York City. Her writing on food, exercise and positive body image have been published on Conde Nast's blog Elastic Waist, Yahoo's women's network Shine and Figure magazine. Kim blogs about health and fitness for the exercise-centric site Social Workout, and about New York living, celebrity gossip, and shopping for CBS Radio and CBS New York. You can visit Kimberly Rae Miller's official website at http://thekimchallenge.com.

There is no admission charge for "Library in the Lobby." Reservations are strongly encouraged as there is limited seating, which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are three ways to make a reservation for "Library in the Lobby": patrons can visit the Patchogue Theatre box office across from the Patchogue-Medford Library at 71 East Main Street, call the box office at 631-207-1313 or email boxoffice@patchoguetheatre.org. For more information on "Library in the Lobby" and upcoming LITL events, visit PatchogueTheatre.org/Lobby or PMLIB.org.

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