Maid by Stephanie Land audiobook

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

By Stephanie Land
Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich
Read by Stephanie Land

Hachette Books 9780316505116


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • $76.99

    ISBN: 9781549149559

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



New York Times bestseller

A Barack Obama Reading List Pick

A Glamour Magazine Pick of Best Books of the Year

A Newsweek Best Book of the Year So Far

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019 in Nonfiction

A Forbes Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

A Time Magazine Pick of the Month

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

A People Magazine Best Book for Book Clubs

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 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.

At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

She wrote the true stories that weren't being told: the stories of overworked and underpaid Americans. Of living on food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) coupons to eat. Of the government programs that provided her housing, but that doubled as halfway houses. The aloof government employees who called her lucky for receiving assistance while she didn't feel lucky at all. She wrote to remember the fight, to eventually cut through the deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor.

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 about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives-their sadness and love, too-she begins to find hope in her own path.

Her compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to the "servant" worker, and those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line. Maid is Stephanie's story, but it's not her alone. It is an inspiring testament to the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

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
Takes readers inside the gritty, unglamorous life of the underpaid, overworked people who serve the upper-middle class for a living. Parade
The particulars of Land's struggle are sobering, but it's the impression of precariousness that is most memorable. New Yorker
Maid provides an important look at the morass of difficulties faced by the working poor. Elle
“A single mother’s personal, unflinching look at America’s class divide, a description of the tightrope many families walk just to get by, and a reminder of the dignity of all work.” President Barack Obama
“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
More than any book in recent memory, 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
The book, with its unfussy prose and clear voice, holds you. It's one woman's story of inching out of the dirt and how the middle class turns a blind eye to the poverty lurking just a few rungs below -- and it's one worth reading. Washington Post
Raw...Land [is] a gifted storyteller...Offers moments of levity...[Maid] shows we need to create an economy in which single motherhood and the risk of poverty do not go hand in hand. Ms. Magazine
In writing about the spaces outside of her work, though, Land gives shape to the depleting anxiety and isolation that accompany motherhood in poverty for millions of Americans. The Nation
An eye-opening exploration of poverty in America. Bustle
Honest, unapologetic, and beautifully written. Hello Giggles
The next time you hear someone say they think poor people are lazy, hand them a copy of Maid. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“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.”
“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

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