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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 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Land, Stephanie
Foreword by Ehrenreich, Barbara

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 h...ometown 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.
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ISBN 9780316505093
Publisher Legacy Lit
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780316505093
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Legacy Lit
Imprint Legacy Lit
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 3 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Land, Stephanie
Foreword by Ehrenreich, Barbara
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
Women's Studies
Social Classes
Social Issues: Unemployment
Social Welfare & Social Services
Central Government Policies
Political Activism
Industrial Relations
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code B
Weight 254g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Poverty - United States, Autobiographies, Single mothers - United States, Working poor - United States, Working class - United States
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade