* Junk by Alison Stewart

I suppose a book about “stuff” is allowed to be a little messy, but Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff could need a good organizer (and a solid purge) to make it readable. There are, for instance, no fewer than three long descriptions of junk-removal services, all quite interesting, but I would think that they could have been condensed and classified in more useful ways. And they are also some full-length interviews that could be summarized, as well as interesting but not exactly relevant stories about homeless housing. It all feels like a jumble sale: nice surprises here and there but a lot of nothing in between.

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