Maid - Stephanie Land & Barbara Ehrenreich

Maid

By Stephanie Land & Barbara Ehrenreich

  • Release Date: 2019-01-22
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Maid book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 186 Ratings)

Maid Stephanie Land & Barbara Ehrenreich Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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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.

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, and 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.

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User reviews about this book

  • Ms

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    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...

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    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

    5
    By blissfulherbs
    A well needed read. Thank you for writing it!
  • Not impressed

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    By Been single mom too
    I got tired of the author complaining about almost everything and everyone. She complains about not eating but then when she gets extra money she spends it on an on line dating website. The next time, she goes on a 5-day vacation and leaves her daughter with her abusive ex who she knew was leaving her young daughter with some random guys. Seems she keeps making the same mistakes getting into abusive relationships.
  • Loved

    5
    By Fhdhuhhj
    As real as it gets. You feel as if you are walking a mile in her shoes. Highly recommend.
  • Maid

    2
    By jackstadler1
    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.
  • Maid

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    By Jwalczuk
    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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