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Other People's Dirt: A Housecleaner's Curious Adventures

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ISBN13: 9780452280816
ISBN10: 0452280818
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After earning an M.A. in Comparative Literature, Louise Rafkin, facing a career choice, took the road less traveled. She became a housecleaner. The money was better than teaching, the lifestyle intriguing for someone with an insatiable curiosity about her fellow human beings. And while she quickly became an expert on the best vacuum cleaner in the world--and the most efficient paper towels--she also saw the unseen parts of people's lives. In this fresh, funny, strikingly original memoir, she talks about her invisible status as a domestic worker in a world of illicit sex and secret livees, of closet alcoholics and binge eaters, unlikely spiritualists and revealing celebrities. In Other People's Dirt, Louise Rafkin reveals something about our values, our society, and ourselves. And, from the detritus of our lives, she gives us something at once delightfully entertaining and profound.

About the Author

Louise Rafkin's articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Utne Reader, Ladies' Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Phoenix. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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Paul McFarland, July 7, 2007 (view all comments by Paul McFarland)
This collection of essays from Louise Rafkin takes a humorous and insightful look at the world of cleaning. From working with a mad group of ex pats cleaning in France to learning Zen in Japan by door-to-door gifts of cleaning this is a wide-ranging tail of personal experiences tied together by the art and science of cleaning. The style is bouncy and pleasant. The author is likable and there is a world of unusual information. The New York Earth Room ? who knew?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452280816
Subtitle:
A Housecleaner's Curious Adventures
Author:
Rafkin, Louise
Publisher:
Plume
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Specific Groups
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Cleaning & Caretaking
Subject:
House cleaning
Subject:
Women cleaning personnel
Subject:
Cleaning & Caretaking - General
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
104
Publication Date:
19990501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.98x5.28x.61 in. .50 lbs.

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Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Narrative
Biography » Women
Home and Garden » Household » Household Management

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