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Dirt. We all have it!

12400781H5208858[1]     I started reading a gem of a book, and I just had to share. It's called "Dirt: the Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House" (Seal Press, $15.95).

   Now don't go thinking this is a how-to book on getting rid of dust bunnies. Rather, this is a collection of essays from 38 writers, including Joyce Maynard, who "come clean on how they deal with dirt in their physical, psychological and relational environments," writes Mindy Lewis, who edited the book.

   "Dirt, and how we deal with it, is a subject that goes far deeper than appearances. Identity and relationship are at the heart of these essays," she writes in her introduction.

   And whether you are a clean freak  -- or not! -- don't be surprised if you see yourself in these pages. As clearly as you can in a freshly shined bathroom mirror.

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