Rafkin has published several books, some of which include: "Different Mothers" (Cleis Press, 1990), "Street Smarts: A Woman's Guide to Personal Safety" (Harper SF, 1995), "The Tiger's Eye, The Bird's Fist: A Beginner's Guide to the Martial Arts" (! Little, Brown, 1997), and "What Do Dogs Dream?" (Andrews and Mcmeel, 1998).
In the past several years, Louise Rafkin has received plenty of awards and recognition for her writing. She has won the San Francisco Cable Car Award for Best Local Writing in 1989, first place in the San Francisco "Bay Guardian"'s fiction competition in 1989, and a Lambda Literary Award in 1991. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Zimtbaum Foundation Fine Arts Work Center, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and a grant from the Ludwig/Vogelstein Foundation.
Rafkin and her partner Susie live in Berkeley, California. "Other People's Dirt" is her first book with Algonquin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It is interesting to read the other reviews of this book. It seems to provoke some EXTREMELY strong reactions, which I didn't think it merited. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 1999
Louise Rafkin seems to find nearly everyone except herself below contempt, whether it's a client or a sibling. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 1999
Ms. Rafkin is a very smart and funny writer. Who else could take the tedious job of house cleaning and turn it in to such an amusing tale. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 1999
I loved the dry wit Ms. Rafkin brings to our dirty laundry. I've always wondered what house cleaners must think about when they are mopping up other people's mess, and now here it... Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 1999
This book made me laugh out loud more than once. Ms. Rafkin has a mordant sense of humor but she's also getting at sticky issues of class. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 1999
This book holds very little back, which is just what I like about it. In exactly the same way everyone knows that women grow facial hair but choose not to talk about it, there is... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 1999
Just when I was warming to the idea of hiring someone to clean the house, I read this book and it FLAT made up my mind to never, EVER do such a thing! Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 1999
Rafkin presents herself as superior to everyone she encounters -- while proudly revealing her own behavior which is beneath contempt.Published on 19 Jan. 1999
I found this book inspirational! What greater incentive could you have to clean your house, and keep it tidy then listening to the complaints of a professional maid... Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 1998