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

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

At 28, Stephanie Land turned to housekeeping to make ends meet. 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 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. 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.

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

  • Publication Date: January 22, 2019
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction, Social Sciences
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • ISBN-10: 0316505110
  • ISBN-13: 9780316505116

Win 12 Copies of MAID for Your Group
and an Opportunity to Chat with Stephanie Land!

We are celebrating the January 22nd release of MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive with a special contest that will give five groups the chance to win 12 copies of Stephanie Land's eye-opening memoir, plus the opportunity to chat with the author. Ten additional readers will be awarded a copy of the book, which exposes the reality of pursuing the American dream from below the poverty line. To enter, please fill out this form by Wednesday, February 6th at noon ET.

More about MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive:
At 28, Stephanie Land’s plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown 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.

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.