Jessie Sholl is a New York City-based writer, teacher, and editor. Her most recent book is Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster).
Some praise for Dirty Secret:
"Sholl explores the psychological reasons why being merely a pack rat can erupt into full-blown hoarding. By the end you're sympathetic to both mother and daughter and understand how a parent's obsession can become a child's."
-- People magazine, 3.5 stars (out of 4).
"Affecting and illuminating."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Suspenseful and novel-like, Dirty Secret is a wonderful, respectful introduction to the world of a hoarder and the tribulations suffered by both the individual who hoards and their family members."
-- Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D. author of Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop
"[Sholl] offers a compelling and compassionate perspective on an illness suffered by an estimated six million Americans that has only recently been explored through reality television programs."
"From a literal mess of a childhood, Sholl has emerged to tell a compelling and sparkling-clean story that will captivate anyone who has ever tried to let go of the past."
-- Elisabeth Eaves, author of Bare and Wanderlust
Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding is available at fine bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and IndieBound.