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

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In this absorbing memoir, single mom Land chronicles her life cleaning homes in the Port Townshend area, alternating her own journey with profiles of her cleaning jobs. The stuff of homes often reveals the nature of its inhabitants, both in what’s there and what’s missing. Even the particular grime of a space can tell a story. It’s a narrative that offers an insight to working life in the vein of The Long Haul with some social justice insights that will appeal to fans of Nickel and Dimed. One particularly galling response to her need for public assistance is the tendency of strangers and quote-unquote friends to say ‘you’re welcome.’ As dire as the situation gets (compromised living situations, not enough money for her daughter Mia, hostile exes, opportunities that don’t pan out), Land never loses sight of her goal, to get to Missoula to further her education, and Maid had me cheering the author on as she slowly finds her footing.  

— Daniel Goldin

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

Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List

“In a time when most in our country are falling further and further behind the ‘one percent,’ Maid tells the story of author Stephanie Land’s abrupt and unexpected slide from her middle-class upbringing to an impoverished adulthood as a single mother. As a first-person narrative window into the way increasing numbers of Americans are forced to live, Maid will strike a chord with the readership of Hillbilly Elegy and White Trash.
— Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI

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