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Maid

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

by Stephanie Land Author · Stephanie Land Narrator

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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.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Blackstone Publishing
Imprint:
Hachette Books
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2019

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 235.4 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 235.4 MB

Barbara Ehrenreich (Author of introduction, etc.)

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of several books, including three New York Times bestsellers, Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, and Living with a Wild God. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Progressive, Harper's, and Time maga...

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Stephanie Land (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 C...

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Stephanie Land (Narrator)

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 C...

More about Stephanie Land

Creators

Author of introduction, etc. :
Barbara Ehrenreich
Author :
Stephanie Land
Narrator :
Stephanie Land
Author of introduction, etc. :
Molly Parker Myers
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