Books by Mindy Lewis
LIFE INSIDE: A Memoir
(Atria Books 2002, Washington Square Press 2003)
A vivid first person exploration of an adolescent girl’s life inside a psychiatric hospital and the thirty years afterward, into the aftermath of long-term hospitalization and a young woman's struggle to define herself on her own terms.
"Complex, chilling, luminous: not one false step." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“…a moving, poignant and enraging, yet redemptive, account of one woman’s refusal to accept victimization, powerfully told in vivid, poetic prose.” - Publishers Weekly
“Mindy Lewis writes of her life with clarity, intelligence, and vivid, sometimes harrowing, detail. After reading Life Inside, I had to wonder about our world, to question our notions on normalcy and appropriateness, and to applaud Lewis for daring to tell her story.” —Ann Hood, author of Do Not Go Gentle
DIRT: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House
Seal Press, Spring 2009
Mindy Lewis, Editor
This thought-provoking collection of personal essays offers a multidimensional look at the universal challenge of keeping our stuff, our dwellings, and our personal space clean and uncluttered. How we feel about keeping house speaks volumes about our roots, relationships, and our outlook on life.
Contributors: Sally Koslow, Joyce Maynard, Lisa Selin Davis, Rebecca Walker, Brian Gerber, Mindy Greenstein, Patty Dann, Kathleen Crisci, Ann Hood, Kyoko Mori, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Markie Robson-Scott, Lisa Solod Warren, Alissa Quart, Sonya Huber, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Teena Apeles, Nancy Stiefel, Mindy Lewis, Rand Richards Cooper, Louise DeSalvo, Mimi Schwartz, Katy Brennan, Mira Bartók, Branka Ruzak, Janice Eidus, Kayla Cagan, Jessica Shines, Julianne Malveaux, Michael Hill, Louise Rafkin, Nancy Peacock, Richard Goodman, Laura Shaine Cunningham, Juliet Eastland, Pamela Paul, Krista Lyons, Rebecca McClanahan; Foreword by NY Times columnist Penelope Green
"Who would guess that revelations about cleaning house would be so intimate and revealing? More constant than love, sex or money, DIRT makes for a compelling and compulsively readable topic."
- Kathy Matthews, author of sixteen books including The Trouble with Perfect and SuperFoods Rx
"In this interesting collection of personal essays, writers both male and female share their relationship with space, around and inside of them. Written in a variety of tones—humorous, poignant, edgy, revelatory—the authors keep us entertained and engaged from the first essay on."
- Nahid Rachlin, author of Persian Girls and Jumping Over Fire
"Drop the broom. Stash the dust rag. Leave the mess on your desk. Read Dirt instead of cleaning house – you'll enjoy the company of wonderful writers who share your own habits, passions and quirks."
- Ellen Sussman, Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex and Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave
"As a former compulsive handwasher, I enjoyed the plethora of intelligent and amusing insights which this gorgeous compilation afforded me."
- Lady Macbeth aka Simon Doonan author of Eccentric Glamour
"Inspired in part by “the prime cleaner,” her mother, essayist Lewis brings…together…an impressive range of opinions and related issues regarding keeping house in the 21st century.…Significant attention was paid to finding not just a talented collection of writers…but a diverse set of perspectives."
- Publishers Weekly 3/9/09