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

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

A beautiful and poignant account of one mother's journey from cleaning houses to finding a home for herself and her daughter.

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ISBN 9781409187387
Barcode 9781409187387
Published 29 January 2019 by Orion Publishing
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Land, Stephanie
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ISBN-13 9781409187387
ISBN-10 1409187381
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Trapeze
Publication Date 29 January 2019
International Publication Date 24 January 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Land, Stephanie
Category Biography & Autobiography
Poverty
Social Issues: Unemployment
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 360g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Single mothers, Women household employees
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 306.87432092
Catalogue Code 957943

Description of this Book

My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter. As a struggling single mum, determined to keep a roof over her daughter's head, Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, working long hours in order to provide for her small family. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society. As she worked hard to climb her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labour jobs as a cleaner whilst also juggling 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Stephanie Land's heartrending book, Maid, 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. A sad and hopeful tale of being on the outside looking in, the author makes us wonder how'd we fare scrubbing and vacuuming away the detritus of an affluence that always seems beyond reach. STEVE DUBLANICA, New York Times bestselling author of Waiter Rant 'As a solo mom and former house cleaner, this brave book resonated with me on a very deep level. We live in a world where the solo mother is an incomplete story: adrift in the world without a partner, without support, without a grounding, centering (male) force. But women have been doing this since the dawn of time, and Stephanie Land is one of millions of solo moms forced to get blood from stone. She is at once an old and new kind of American hero. This memoir of resilience and love has never been more necessary.' DOMENICA RUTA, New York Times bestselling author of With or Without You 'We need more books like Maid, with the view from behind the fridge and under the couch. Stephanie Land has something to teach us about both sides of the inequality divide. Neither is what you are expecting.' BARBARA EHRENREICH, international bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed 'Marry the evocative first-person narrative of Educated with the kind of social criticism seen in Nickel and Dimed and you'll get a sense of the remarkable book you hold in your hands. In Maid, Stephanie Land, a gifted storyteller with an eye for details you'll never forget, exposes what it's like to exist in America as a single mother, working herself sick cleaning our dirty toilets, one missed paycheck away from destitution. It's a perspective we seldom see represented first hand - and one we so desperately need right now. Timely, urgent, and unforgettable, this is memoir at its very best. SUSANNAH CAHALAN, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness '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 in poverty, the indignity of poverty by way of unmovable bureaucracy, and people's lousy attitudes toward poor people... Land's prose is vivid and engaging... [A] tightly-focused, well-written memoir... an incredibly worthwhile read.' ROXANE GAY, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger: A Memoir
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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.

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