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

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

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 Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty explora...

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Title:Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
Author:Stephanie Land
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0316505110
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:270 pages pages

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

  • karen
    Nov 02, 2018
    NOW AVAILABLE!!! fulfilling book riot's 2018 read harder challenge task #14: A book of social science this one might be more memoir than social science, but it's ehrenreich-approved and that's good enough for me!! ********************************************** okay, so i wo...
  • Autumn
    Jun 20, 2018
    Is this book supposed to be surprising? Eye-opening? It's by a lady who gets pregnant from an abusive relationship and then she has to clean houses and wrangle with government assistance programs to make ends meet. Like 1 million other ladies. I don't get it. ...
  • lit.erary.britt
    Jan 14, 2019
    This well-written memoir is a prime example as to why I love the genre. Reading about other people?s experiences helps us to better understand and empathize. Stephanie Land placed her college plans on hold as she unexpectedly became pregnant; a single mom with little support, living ...
  • Roxane
    Jul 30, 2018
    This book is going to garner a range of reactions when it?s published. What this book does well is illuminate the struggles of poverty and single-motherhood, the unrelenting frustration of having no safety net, the ways in which our society is systemically designed to keep impoverish...
  • Julie Christine
    Apr 11, 2019
    My mother once told me that her greatest fear was to end up homeless, a so-called "bag lady." I, a short-sighted, selfish teenager, just rolled my eyes, but even then the thought of her vulnerability chilled me. I'm older now that she was when she made this confession, and her fear...
  • Maxwell
    Apr 04, 2019
    What a beautifully told story despite so much of the bleakness and adversity it presents. I don't really know how to talk about Stephanie Land's story any better than she does in this book, but I can say that she is a fantastic writer and this is worth spending your time reading. ...
  • Dianne
    Apr 17, 2019
    I really enjoyed this! If you read ?Evicted? (highly recommend), this is along the same lines, but in a first person perspective on how difficult it is - damn near impossible - to break free from the cycle of poverty. Land is a single parent with no back-up support she can count...
  • Susan
    Jul 11, 2018
    First, this book is most certainly NOT in the category of Evicted, one of the most well-researched, measured and thoughtful books published on the subject of chronic poverty in America. I wanted to like this book, and feel that the subject matter is critically important to expose a...
  • Esil
    Jan 17, 2019
    3+ stars Maid has an important message and I have a lot of respect and sympathy for Stephanie Land, but I didn?t love reading her book. In her late 20s, Land found herself coming out of an abusive relationship as the single mother of a toddler. She had very few financial options, ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 14, 2018
    Wish I could have climbed into these pages and given this young woman a hug! Nineteen pregnant, she leaves an abusive relationship. When her daughter is born she is a single mother with few resources and very little support. This is a honest, down to earth, telling of her story trying ...
  • Kenzee
    Aug 19, 2018
    *I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway* I really thought I was going to like this book. As someone who was raised by a bad a** single mother, who fought her way up in the world, I thought I would really relate to this story. It didn't happen. Despite the seriousness of the topi...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Nov 05, 2018
    Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive Stephanie Land didn?t have it easy. She was a single mom who worked hard cleaning other people?s houses, working in their yards, doing whatever she had to in order to feed herself and her daughter, Mia. This was after ...
  • Katie
    Feb 09, 2019
    ?I WORK 25 HOURS A WEEK AS A PROFESSIONAL CLEANER, BUT IT?S NOT ENOUGH TO PAY THE BILLS.? (Page 131) Going into this book, I so badly wanted to come out rooting for Stephanie Land, but I keep coming back to that quote above and cannot wrap my head around what should be ?surp...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Feb 23, 2019
    Maid is the story of one woman?s survival living below the poverty line and working hard to rise above and provide for her daughter. Follow Book Nation by Jen for all reviews and recommendations. Everyone has a story and it is possible that Stephanie Land?s is not all that uniqu...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 30, 2019
    Ugh, so glad this is done. I really should have just abandoned it. Stephanie Land is a really hard worker and I appreciated the glimpse into what life as a single mom living in poverty is like. It's not my personal experience so it is good to put myself into someone else's shoes fo...
  • Maureen
    Nov 28, 2018
    Stephanie Land didn?t experience the best start in life, well not when it comes down to the most important thing for a child - love. Neither parent seemed to have much of it to give, in fact they present themselves as extremely selfish individuals. Stephanie finds herself pregnant an...
  • Kate Olson
    Jan 28, 2019
    3.5 stars - audiobook format I had been waiting for this book since I first read about it in the Publisher's Weekly announcements issue back in June 2018, and I preordered it from Audible. THAT'S how excited I was! "Nickel & Dimed" and "Evicted" are two of my favorite nonfiction...
  • Donna
    Jan 25, 2019
    This is one book that I?ve grappled with in trying to write a review. There are a few conflicting impressions that I?ve turned over in my mind, causing me to question why I feel as I do about the story. I thought about just giving a glossed-over review, focusing only on what I appr...
  • Stephanie
    Feb 16, 2019
    This book is TERRIBLE. I cannot understand why it's being compared to ?Nickeled and Dimed? or ?Evicted?, both of which are well written, researched and coherent. But this? It?s nothing but a 200+ page Go-Fund-Me rant. The writing is also very poor, alternating between pretent...
  • Michelle
    Jan 22, 2019
    In ?Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother?s Will to Survive? debut author Stephanie Land narrates her drastic and desperate story of survival as a single mother raising her daughter in Washington state?the home of Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks. The ?indolent poor?...
  • Nancy
    Jan 25, 2019
    "Poverty was like a stagnant pool of mud that pulled at our feet and refused to let go." from Maid by Stephanie Land I'll be brutally honest, and you can "unfollow" me if you want, I don't care, but ever since Presidents Roosevelt and Johnson created social programs to help the poor...
  • Brandice
    Feb 03, 2019
    In Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother?s Will to Survive, we meet Stephanie Land, a single mom to her daughter, Mia, trying to keep a roof over their heads and maintain some form of stable life. This is easier said than done as Stephanie is met with numerous challenges including l...
  • Linda Hutchinson
    Jan 30, 2019
    This won?t be popular but I found this book, ?Maid,? supremely irritating. The pitch was whiny, judgmental, and jealous. This may come off as harsh but some life situations are made from bad choices. Some from just bad luck. But to begrudge anyone else a bit of happiness because ...
  • Kathleen
    Feb 21, 2019
    Land surmounted incredible hurdles on her way to getting a Bachelor?s degree in English and Creative Writing. She was the primary custodial parent for an adorable toddler. [The father of her child had a mean, abusive temper that caused her to leave him.] He DID provide modest child s...
  • Cassidy Green
    Feb 12, 2019
    I wanted to like this book. I was raised by a single mother with two kids after fleeing horrific abuse. We were on government assistance and food stamps, and I was on free or reduced lunch all the way through my adolescent years. My GED holding mother worked early mornings, late nights...
  • Stacy
    Jan 26, 2019
    This book is terrible. Where do I start? This is basically a book of a woman complaining "woe is me", throwing herself a pity party. She blames everyone else for her problems and doesn't accept any responsibility for her terrible decisions. First of all, this book promised what it didn...
  • j e w e l s
    Mar 12, 2019
    FOUR STARS I saw Stephanie Land, the author, on my hometown local morning television show. I was struck by her sincerity, her soft voice, and her courage in ?outing? herself as a single mother struggling to survive in poverty. Land?s memoir begins with her unexpected pregn...
  • C.J. Maughan
    Jan 17, 2019
    Hooooooooo boy was this one frustrating. I almost gave up multiple times because it made me so angry, but let's just start at the beginning. I got this from Book of the Month. On their description it wasn't exactly clear that this was a nonfiction read (they may have changed it sin...
  • Bookworm
    Jan 31, 2019
    As a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years experience working with the marginalized populations, I was predisposed to like this book, and be sympathetic toward the protagonist. However I was surprised to find as I read this book, what little empathy I had for her. She does...
  • june3
    Feb 10, 2019
    It took me awhile to figure out what troubled me so much about this book. Stay with me. Please understand that I'm politically quite far to the left of center. I believe that social services in the US are woefully, horribly inadequate. No one in the USA should wake up hungry or sic...