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 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
Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding was the first memoir written by a child of a compulsive hoarder. It's been called "affecting and illuminating," by Kirkus Reviews, "a compelling and compassionate perspective," by Booklist, and "addictive" by Redbook magazine.
Dirty Secret - Interviews and Reviews:
Listen to Jessie on the Leonard Lopate Show
Watch the trailer for Dirty Secret HERE.
The handy readers' guide makes Dirty Secret an excellent book club pick and I'm available by Skype (or in-person, if the club is near New York City), to participate in book club events.
I'm also the co-editor of Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic, a collection of literary non-fiction about -- wait for it -- Prague and the Czech Republic.
The book includes essays from well-known and emerging writers and should be required reading for anyone who's been to Prague and/or its environs, anyone planning to go, or anyone who wants to read fabulous writing about one of Europe's most stunning capital cities.