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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Shocking in so many ways! This memoir is a painful and provocative look at trying to survive on minimum wage and fighting poverty while on public assistance. The author, a single mom, candidly talks about the invisibility of cleaning strangers’ houses and the loneliness and heartbreak of struggling to provide for her daughter. Her detailed stories reveal so much more than any article I’ve ever read on this topic.

— Kathy W.

As I read this touching debut, I constantly had to remind myself that it was a memoir.  Stephanie Land’s honesty about her struggles as a single, poor mother should make us all stop and think: think about how we truly may not know what is going on in someone else’s world; think about having to do whatever is necessary to make ends meet—and having the right to feel proud about it. 

— Lori

February 2019 Indie Next List

“Stephanie Land’s Maid is a must-read of the highest order, a memoir of a single mother struggling to survive while performing the household labor that many of us take for granted. While at once deeply personal — you’ll fall hard for Stephanie and her daughter, Mia — it is also essential social commentary about how we treat the myriad domestic laborers who toil in our homes, oftentimes unseen and unappreciated. Read it alongside Nickel and Dimed or Evicted for a stunning, unforgettable look at American poverty and determination.”
— Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC

About the Author

Journalist Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The 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. BARBARA EHRENREICH is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. She lives in Virginia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781432858926
ISBN-10: 1432858920
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: April 24th, 2019
Pages: 451
Language: English