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Jessie Sholl

JessieSholl'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 She holds an MFA from The New School University, where she currently teaches creative writing.
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Hear the DIRTY SECRET writer Jessie Sholl has to tell....

A fascinating look at compulsive hoarding by a woman whose mother suffers from the disease.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

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

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. 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. What were your previous occupations?

A. I've been a fish-gutter in Alaska (really!); a waitress in Minneapolis; a record store clerk and an online producer in San Francisco; and a copy editor, freelance writer, and writing teacher in New York.



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