Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

By Stephanie Land
Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich
Read by Stephanie Land


Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • $76.99
    Available on 01/22/2019

    ISBN: 9781549149559

Runtime: 8.57 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Audience: Adult
Language: English



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Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land’s memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich.

“My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.”

While the gap between upper middle-class Americans and the working poor widens, grueling low-wage domestic and service work—primarily done by women—fuels the economic success of the wealthy. Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, pulling long hours while struggling as a single mom to keep a roof over her daughter’s head. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today’s inequitable society.

While she worked hard to scratch her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labor jobs, higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren’t being told. The stories of overworked and underpaid Americans.

Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. “I’d become a nameless ghost,” Stephanie writes. With this book, she gives voice to the “servant” worker, those who fight daily to scramble and scrape by for their own lives and the lives of their children.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Provides a trenchant reminder that something is amiss with the American Dream and gives voice to the millions of ‘working poor’ toiling in a country that needs them but doesn’t want to see them.” Steve Dublanica, New York Times bestselling author
“Land lifts the rug on the life of the working poor in her eye-opening book…Land isn’t whining or blaming, she’s letting us into her life…[A] unique perspective on a segment of the working poor from someone who has lived it.”
“Her book dares you to look down on her, and then shows you who you are when you do…Land’s memoir offers no solutions to poverty. That is not its purpose. Instead, her purpose is to show how little many of us understand the working poor.” Electric Literature
“[A] heartfelt and powerful debut memoir…[a] beautiful, uplifting story of resilience and survival.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“For readers who believe individuals living below the poverty line are lazy and/or intellectually challenged, this memoir is a stark, necessary corrective…Should be required reading for anyone who has never struggled with poverty.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)



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Available Formats : Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English