Biting the Dust: The Joys of Housework

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 15, 1999 - History - 320 pages
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In this witty look at our obsession with cleaning, Margaret Horsfield confronts her own dirt demons and scours the social, historical, literary and psychological nooks and crannies of the world of household chores. Through historical research, countless interviews with people and an analysis of characters from novels and advertising, Horsfield presents such memorable personalities as the woman who sends her small daughter to walk around other people's houses in white tights to check for dirt and the mother who, upon her son's suicide, sheds not a tear but stays up all night frantically polishing her already gleaming hardwood floors. From demented television housewives to the redoubtable Mrs. Beeton, Biting the Dust runs the gamut of ideas and emotions.

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User Review  - AspiringAmeliorant - LibraryThing

A reporter willing to admit that she has some interest in housework? Fascinating. Biting the Dust is a saga of housecleaning including information from interviews and historical sources (there *was* a ... Read full review

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Margaret Horsfield looks at modern housework in the USA, Canada and Britain. Most readers can probably recognize themselves and others as she recounts different attitudes towards cleaning. Morsfield ... Read full review

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Margaret Horsfield has been a reporter for the BBC, the CBC, The Guardian, The Independent and She magazine. She lives in British Columbia with her daughter.

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