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 an essential social commentary about how we treat the myriad domestic laborers who toil in our homes, often unseen and unappreciated. Read it alongside Nickel and Dimed or Evicted for a stunning, unforgettable look at American poverty and determinationEmilie Sommer, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC
Listen to Stephanie’s an interview on writing this book about her experiences in working as a housemaid in this interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air
BARACK OBAMA’S SUMMER READING PICK, 2019.
BBC Radio 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK.
Educated meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land’s memoir about working as a maid. A beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in the western world. Includes a foreword by international bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich.
‘My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.’
As a struggling single mum, determined to keep a roof over her daughter’s head, Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, working long hours in order to provide for her small family. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today’s inequitable society.
As she worked hard to climb her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labour jobs as a cleaner whilst also juggling higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren’t being told. The stories of the overworked and underpaid.
Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, Maid explores the underbelly of the upper-middle classes and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. ‘I’d become a nameless ghost,’ Stephanie writes. With this book, she gives voice to the ‘servant’ worker, those who fight daily to scramble and scrape by for their own lives and the lives of their children.Maid: Barack Obama’s Summer Reading Pick of 2019!