Maid Maid

Maid

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

    • 4.2 • 897 Ratings
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Publisher Description

"A single mother's personal, unflinching look at America's class divide (Barack Obama)," this New York Times bestselling memoir is the inspiration for the Netflix limited series, hailed by Rolling Stone as "a great one."    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.

"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

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2019
January 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Grand Central Publishing
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
2.9
MB

Customer Reviews

tmc421981 ,

Required Reading!

Should be required reading for every person in Congress — and other governmental agencies — who make decisions as to where, when, why and how financial aid is given in this country.

jackstadler1 ,

Maid

To me the book was whiney. Written by a member of the entitled generation. She talks about living at poverty level yet she’s been to Paris, graduated from college, had health care, had vehicles, and went on vacations. I don’t think she knows what poor really is. I grew up poor. And we weren’t even the poorest family in the neighborhood, and we all had it harder than this author. I know it’s not a contest. But I just couldn’t get the whiney tone out of my head. It was an okay ready. Not great, not awful, real whiney. Just my opinion.

Jwalczuk ,

Maid

This book was irritating....a 28 year old woman gets pregnant by an abusive man, continues to live with him, goes on public assistance, works her way to a decent living, gets lonely, starts living with another loser, repeats the same mistakes, all the while complaining about the system. Well written but the character was unsympathetic. My opinion, and everybody has one.

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