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

By Stephanie Land
Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich
Read by Stephanie Land

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • $76.99

    ISBN: 9781549149559

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

Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A Forbes Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

A Time Magazine Pick for January

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

An iBooks bestseller in Biographies and Memoirs

A Bustle Pick of 10 Best Nonfiction Books of January

A Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

An Amazon Best Book of the Month 

A Vulture.com Pick of 8 New Books You Should Read This Month

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month in Memoirs

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

The #1 Indie Next List Selection for January

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
“Her unstinting memoir [is] a portrait of working-class poverty in America…Land survived the hardship of her years as a maid, her body exhausted and her brain filled with bleak arithmetic, to offer her testimony. It’s worth listening to.” New York Times Book Review
“Land nails the sheer terror that comes with being poor, the exhausting vigilance of knowing that any misstep or twist of fate will push you deeper into the hole.” Boston Globe
“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.” Amazon.com
“Land’s…purpose is to show how little many of us understand the working poor.” Electric Literature
“Land combines her raw, authentic voice and superb storytelling skills to create a firsthand account from the trenches.” BookPage
“[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.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land is a journalist whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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Details

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