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

by Louise Rafkin | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0452280818 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Bluestocking88 of -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on 3/14/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Friday, March 14, 2008
This is a memoir written by a housecleaner, but not just any housecleaner--this one is a a snarky, brutally honest and funny housecleaner that isn't afraid to share tell it like it is. I found her writing to be engaging and funny as she shares the underworld of toilet scrubbing. I am not blessed with a housekeeper, but after reading her memoir, I am not sure I would want someone around to pick up dirt on me.

I would describe this as a mix of a biography, career and travel memoir (she travels to Japan, New York, and infiltrates a cleaning service to learn more on the trade)with a hint of those "unauthorized biographies"--just this time of the those that scrub for the rich and not-so-famous.

Journal Entry 2 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Monday, March 17, 2008
This book is going out on a bookring to travel a bit before I hope to rehome it in a future bookbox I am planning.

The bookring rules are as follows:

When it gets to you journal that it has arrived safely and pm the next person for their address.

When you finish, please journal what you thought of the book. Try to keep it moving, it's a fast read and really should move within a couple of weeks, but please don't keep it more than a month. If things get crazy and you need more time it's your responsibility to keep me updated.

Media mail is fine for shipping.

Thanks!

Shipping order is as follows:

BigBird2002
FeralReader
JenKazoo
300dogs
nicolesinger
flossie771
sunfi<--book is here

Back home to bluestocking88

Journal Entry 3 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Monday, March 17, 2008
Going out in the mail to BigBird2002 later today. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by BigBird2002 from Mesa, Arizona USA on Friday, March 21, 2008
I am really excited to read this book. I am finishing one now, then I will get to this one. Thank you for sending it to me!

Journal Entry 5 by BigBird2002 from Mesa, Arizona USA on Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This was a interesting book. It didn't go quite as in-depth as I had expected, but it wasn't boring. I was pleased to see how the author went through the various thought processes about her job. I will send this along as soon as I get the address for the next participant. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the ring!

Journal Entry 6 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Thursday, March 27, 2008
The shipping order for this ring has been changed. FeralReader is next. Thanks!

Journal Entry 7 by FeralReader from Davis, California USA on Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Discovered this book waiting for me at the post office today. Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 8 by FeralReader from Davis, California USA on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I just loved this book! It was such an entertaining read. I really enjoyed the author's self-awareness and lack of self-absorption. She shares enormous truths about how we human beings carry on in this world; how we see ourselves and how we treat each other. I laughed aloud in some places and was close to tears in others. Thanks heaps, Bluestocking88, for sharing this gem.

Off in the post today to JenKazoo, who lives very near my 4th+5th-grade hometown!

Journal Entry 9 by JenKazoo from Shreveport, Louisiana USA on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
This came in the mail yesterday. I already have started reading it and so far it looks like it will be a comical read. I would usually finish it in a few days but this is my least week of class before finals so I may have to put it aside for a couple days so I can study and write my final papers.

Journal Entry 10 by JenKazoo from Shreveport, Louisiana USA on Thursday, May 15, 2008
I finished the book last week but haven't been able to send it out yet. Things have been hectic around here. I've PMed 300dogs for her address so it will be moving soon, hopefully in a few days.

I really thought this book was funny. The picture of Louise Rafkin on the back of the book looks like the lady that played Roseanne's sister, Laurie Metcalf. I would have liked to read some more "dirt" on the people she cleaned for though. That would have been fun!

Journal Entry 11 by 300dogs from Jackson, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Oh, I just love finding books mixed in along with the bills in the mailbox!!! Yippee!! This one looks fun.

Journal Entry 12 by 300dogs from Jackson, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Here's my thought about this book...the photo on the back cover...is that a man in drag???

Journal Entry 13 by 300dogs from Jackson, New Jersey USA on Monday, June 16, 2008
Just got back from the post office...Other People's Dirt is on it's way to nicloesinger.

Journal Entry 14 by nicolesinger from Newport, North Carolina USA on Friday, June 20, 2008
It's here, safe and sound!

I'm in the middle of two others, and one is slow going, but I don't think it will take long to read once I get going.

Thanks for sharing it with me!

Journal Entry 15 by nicolesinger from Newport, North Carolina USA on Sunday, June 22, 2008
This was a quick read, and a lot of fun. It certainly made me cast a guilty eye around my messy house... ah, well.

Overally, I thought the book was interesting, and I really liked the author's point of view. I did think she was a little snider than she needed to be with some of the things she disagreed with - like the messies at the meeting she attended. But that's just one of my quirks, I guess, and she did find a way that it applied to her in the end, so maybe that's where she was going with that chapter all along. I found her experience with "Happy Maids" disgraceful, and it fit with other descriptions I've heard of those kind of cleaning businesses.

All in all, a quick, enjoyable, lightweight read. I'll PM flossie771 for an address and get this in the mail this week.

Journal Entry 16 by Flossie771 from Villa Rica, Georgia USA on Thursday, June 26, 2008
The book made it to me today....I will read it after I finish the one I am on. Thanks bluestocking88 for including me.

Journal Entry 17 by Flossie771 from Villa Rica, Georgia USA on Sunday, June 29, 2008
Finished reading this one and it will be sent to sunfi in tomorrow's mail.

Journal Entry 18 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, July 06, 2008
Just received this in the mail yesterday, I have a couple other books ahead of this one but should have it passed back to Bluestocking88 within a month or so. Thanks for including me.

Journal Entry 19 by sunfi at Elko, Nevada USA on Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Released 10 yrs ago (7/23/2008 UTC) at Elko, Nevada USA

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Just finished this one and mailed off to Bluestocking88 while I was on vacation. I really wasn't expecting much from this one after I read the first couple of chapters, but I was pretty glad I followed it through by the time I reached the end. Thanks for sharing and including me!

Journal Entry 20 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Saturday, July 26, 2008
This book came home in today's mail. Thanks to everyone for helping it move through the journey.

Journal Entry 21 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Saturday, August 09, 2008
Mailed out this morning to Grizzlygirl in trade. Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 22 by GrizzlyGirl from Fraser, Michigan USA on Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Received today! Thanks bluestocking88!

Journal Entry 23 by GrizzlyGirl from Fraser, Michigan USA on Monday, December 29, 2008
Not the best memoir I've read, but interesting nonetheless. I can't say that I can relate to her at all - I HATE cleaning! It was surprising to me to find that some people actually enjoy it.

Journal Entry 24 by MyssCyn from San Antonio, Texas USA on Friday, May 22, 2009
Received this book yesterday, left it in my work car and started reading it today because I forgot my other book. I find it amusing so far (3 chapters read)
Thanks for sending it.

Journal Entry 25 by MyssCyn from San Antonio, Texas USA on Sunday, June 07, 2009
I liked this book. Reminds me how I should stop being a clean freak.

Journal Entry 26 by MyssCyn at 5th Avenue Nails in San Antonio, Texas USA on Saturday, February 06, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (2/6/2010 UTC) at 5th Avenue Nails in San Antonio, Texas USA

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I really enjoyed this book and in an effort to keep it moving I am wild releasing it.

Finders keepers! Enjoy this book.

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