Interesting and funny but writer seems to have a chip on her shoulder - among other things, who ever heard of a cleaning person who won't make beds? Anyway, she was an aspiring writer looking to do something she could write about and got into cleaning to make ends meet - thus this book. She is a good writer -- I did keep reading even as I kept thinking how critical, self-centered and lacking in empathy thw writer is.
This was a quick read, compelling, though more about how cleaning shaped the views of the author, Rafkin. The reader doesn't get "sucked into" her life of cleaning, but the story is entertaining and generally well-written. It's good leisure reading for a mellow day.
This was a good book.. not what I thought it was going to be.. I guess I was hoping it would be more stories about different houses she had cleaned but it wasnt. It was still good and very informative in an entertaining way!
Something of an intellectual tease. Rafkin brings up many, many interesting points but seldom goes into any depth about them. Still, for a lightly philosophical conversation, it's a quick and pleasant read.
Rebecca H. (Rebemdee) reviewed Other People's Dirt: A Housecleaner's Curious Adventures on
Housecleaner extraordinaire Louise Rafkin reads her own work as efficiently as she cleans bathtubs and snoops through the letter pile. Rafkin's voice is pleasantly modulated and well suited to her dry humor in Other People's Dirt, a parallel tale of her cleaning habits and socio-spiritual explorations.
Entertaining, read in one sitting. Not particularly deep or meaningful, but jaunty and fun. I liked the tips on what to do if you hire a housecleaner; that's worth the price of the book.