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Jessie Sholl

Jessie Sholl's essays and stories have appeared in national newspapers and journals. She is coeditor of the nonfiction anthology Travelers’ Tales Prague and the Czech Republic and a contributor to EverydayHealth.com. She holds an MFA from The New School University, where she currently teaches creative writing.
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A fascinating look at compulsive hoarding by a woman whose mother suffers from the disease.

My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. My newest one: All our secrets are the same.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Sushi. Or Mexican. Or Italian. I love food too much to eat only one thing.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Either drawing -- I can barely draw a stick figure -- or a decent sense of direction (which is a talent as far as I'm concerned).

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Snakes. If you read Dirty Secret, you'll understand why.

Q. What was/is your favorite job?

A. Teaching. Although fish-gutting had a calming, Zen-like aspect to it that I liked a lot.

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