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Maid

By Stephanie Land & Barbara Ehrenreich

  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Books, Nonfiction, Social Science, Politics & Current Events, Public Administration
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND INSPIRATION FOR THE NETFLIX LIMITED SERIES, HAILED BY ROLLING STONE AS "A GREAT ONE."  "A single mother's personal, unflinching look at America's class divide, a description of the tightrope many families walk just to get by, and a reminder of the dignity of all work."

-PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, Obama's Summer Reading List

At 28, Stephanie Land's dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer quickly dissolved when a summer fling turned into an unplanned pregnancy. Before long, she found herself a single mother, scraping by as a housekeeper to make ends meet.

Maid is an emotionally raw, masterful account of Stephanie's years spent in service to upper middle class America as a "nameless ghost" who quietly shared in her clients' triumphs, tragedies, and deepest secrets. Driven to carve out a better life for her family, she cleaned by day and took online classes by night, writing relentlessly as she worked toward earning a college degree. She wrote of the true stories that weren't being told: of living on food stamps and WIC coupons, of government programs that barely provided housing, of aloof government employees who shamed her for receiving what little assistance she did. Above all else, she wrote about pursuing the myth of the American Dream from the poverty line, all the while slashing through deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor.

Maid is Stephanie's story, but it's not hers alone. It is an inspiring testament to the courage, determination, and ultimate strength of the human spirit.
 

Review

  • I finished it

    By Sarah1228484
    I kept waiting for something to happen. I liked the idea of this book and it wasn’t poorly written. It just wasn’t memorable for me.
  • Brava

    By tammyannie w
    What a life. Good for you and your daughter and family for survival for tenacity and love.
  • Lots of whining

    By Mike Gig
    I realize the extreme hardship the author went through, and I do empathize with her. However, the entire book basically boils down to her repeating over and over again the things she cannot afford. This should be talked about, of course, but it is on every page. She goes on about how much pain she is in from being a maid and the hard physical labor it is and that she has no health insurance. I wonder why she did not get an office position making minimum wage (which is what she made cleaning) and try to work her way up. There are many unanswered questions in the book. All that being said, her family situation is quite sad, she has no support and no one who can help her with child care or financially, not even her parents. She does write about the people whose houses she clean, which is interesting in a voyeuristic kind of way. But other all it is a tiring and tedious read.
  • Honesty

    By brennansgranmom
    The author writes with the authority and honesty Of living life the best she can and doing it with very little help. The saddest part is that some in this country doubt the amount of work and commitment that goes into such a life.
  • Maid well!

    By RyahWood
    Excellent book! Thought-provoking while really interesting to read. The author does a great job showing (not just telling) you about her journey! While I’ve always been a neat freak, I’m going to be even more mindful of the condition I leave a motel room in! The author has definitely increased my awareness of the difficulties many women face when faced with limited options for supporting themselves and others. Thank you.
  • Whiny self-indulgent waste of money

    By Jwcs2115
    Unapologetically narrates one irresponsible life choice after another. An insult to the working poor truly trying to do their best.
  • Great read, inspiring story

    By JOJOWS
    I couldn’t put it down. This young mother was trying her best with what she was dealt and her gift of writing has brought us along for the ride. Been there as a single mother also. None of this is easy. No choice is easy.
  • Ms

    By Mels1214
    While I really wanted to like this book I found it to ramble way too much. Much of it was overly descriptive to the point I found myself skimming. It did generate in me more empathy for those who need to utilize government assistance out of genuine need. Unfortunately we see way too much of the abuses of the system where I reside. The ending fell very flat. I was hoping for so much more from this book.
  • Much better options to root for...

    By jeleigh22
    I love to cheer for someone that faces adversity and rises above, especially someone that’s faced a life that’s all too familiar. Unfortunately, this person is NOT Stephanie Land. I cannot tell you the number of times “I didn’t have a choice” is written in this book when clearly she did. I hope Ms. Land turns the critical eye she administered to others (soccer moms, single moms, elderly people, the Chef, etc) inward and gets to work taking responsibility for what she did with her middle class upbringing that took her down the path she chose. She could also gain perspective should she choose to bail on her self-imposed pity party and engage with those that are working hard for a better life. The only one I felt for was Mia... poor thing.
  • Maid

    By blissfulherbs
    A well needed read. Thank you for writing it!