Details

TitleMaid
AuthorStephanie Land
ISBN0316505110
ImprintStephanie Land Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
LanguageEnglish
FormatHardcover
Pages288

Description

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.

Reviews

Roxane

Maid By Stephanie Land

This book is going to garner a range of reactions when it s published What this book does well is illuminate the struggles of poverty and single motherhood, the unrelenting frustration of having no safety net, the ways in which our society is systemically designed to keep impoverished people mired i... (Sign in to see more)


Diane S ☔

Maid By Stephanie Land

Wish I could have climbed into these pages and given this young woman a hug Nineteen pregnant, she leaves an abusive relationship When her daughter is born she is a single mother with few resources and very little support This is a honest, down to earth, telling of her story trying to manuver throug... (Sign in to see more)


Janday

Maid By Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land has never stopped advocating for herself As a young single mother escaping an abusive relationship with no help from her family, she found herself homeless and jobless Her daughter took her first steps in a homeless shelter Once she was eligible for housing, she had to endure constant... (Sign in to see more)


Sarah

Maid By Stephanie Land

Oh this is powerful It spoke to my human and social worker heart This will make you think twice about cultural stereotypes surrounding single motherhood and about use of government aid I wanted to high five Land so many times I ve watched clients, close family members, and myself wrestle with these ... (Sign in to see more)


Autumn

Maid By Stephanie Land

Is this book supposed to be surprising Eye opening It s by a lady who gets pregnant from an abusive relationship and then she has to clean houses and wrangle with government assistance programs to make ends meet Like 1 million other ladies I don t get it.


Tina Panik

Maid By Stephanie Land

A solid addition to the modern cannon on poverty that includes 2 a day Shaefer Edin and Evicted Desmond Land juxtaposes the daily grind of poverty with amusing observations about her housework clients, making this painful journey palatable to even the most hesitant reader.There is, however, a bit of... (Sign in to see more)


Kasa Cotugno

Maid By Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land admits she s made mistakes, but the one constant she s had for the past ten years her unwavering love for her daughter, Mia Upon discovering she is pregnant, she discards her dream of moving to Missoula Montana and pursuing a degree as a writer The following five years, well documente... (Sign in to see more)


Annie Rosewood

Maid By Stephanie Land

I was drawn to this memoir because I was raised by a single mother, and although our circumstances were not so dire, I felt invested in Land s account of her struggles with being a single mom who worked so hard and struggled harder Land s writing is good, but what I really enjoyed was the way that s... (Sign in to see more)


Susan

Maid By Stephanie Land

First, this book is most certainly NOT in the category of Evicted, one of the most well researched, measured and thoughtful books published on the subject of chronic poverty in America I wanted to like this book, and feel that the subject matter is critically important to expose and discuss YetI jus... (Sign in to see more)


Stephanie Borders

Maid By Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land was a young, single mother when she found herself homeless With nowhere to turn to for help, she struggled to find a way to get on her feet while supporting her young daughter, Mia House cleaning was an occupation she found herself in, but she soon realized that the paltry wages she w... (Sign in to see more)


Sign up to write a comment.