Mindy Lewis is the author of Life Inside: A Memoir (Atria Books 2002, Washington Square Press 2003); co-author of A Curious Life: From Rebel Orphan to Innovative Scientist (Post Hill Press, 2019); editor of DIRT: The Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House (Seal Press 2009); and winner of New Letters 2015 Essay Award. Her essays, articles and book reviews have been published in Newsweek, New York Times Book Review, Lilith, Body & Soul, Poets & Writers, Arts & Letters Journal, New Letters, Many Mountains Moving, Santa Ana River Review, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Permafrost, and in anthologies. She teaches writing workshops online and has also taught at Hudson Valley Writers' Center, The Writer’s Voice in New York City, Brooklyn College, Poets & Writers outreach, and as a visiting writer at SUNY and George Mason University’s MFA Program.
[A] moving, poignant and enraging, yet redemptive account of one woman's refusal to accept victimization... powerfully told in vivid, poetic prose. – Publishers Weekly
Complex, chilling, luminous: not one false step. – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The funny, moving, and surprising story of how Thomas Haines—who grew up in the famed Graham School orphanage—became a prominent scientist, social activist, New York City landlord, educator, and founder of the City University of New York Medical School.
"This is a collection to which everyone can relate: 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 who we are, our roots, relationships, and our outlook on life."