Northwest Passages Presents: "Class" by Stephanie Land

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 - 7:00pm

From the New York Times bestselling author who inspired the hit Netflix series about a struggling mother barely making ends meet as a housecleaner—a gripping memoir about college, motherhood, poverty, and life after Maid.

This is a Northwest Passages event with Stephanie Land for her new book, Class.

Wednesday, November 29th at 7pm at Gonzaga University - Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center - Coughlin Theater
(211 E. Desmet Ave).

Auntie's will be there with copies of Class for purchase.


General Admission tickets are $7.
VIP tickets are $32 and include an autographed copy of the book, reserved premium seating, and author reception ahead of event. Limited availability.

Tickets can be purchased online at Gonzaga University.


About the book

When Stephanie Land set out to write her memoir Maid, she never could have imagined what was to come. Handpicked by President Barack Obama as one of the best books of 2019, it was called “an eye-opening journey into the lives of the working poor” (People). Later it was adapted into the hit Netflix series Maid, which was viewed by 67 million households and was Netflix’s fourth most-watched show in 2021, garnering three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Stephanie’s escape out of poverty and abuse in search of a better life inspired millions.

Maid was a story about a housecleaner, but it was also a story about a woman with a dream. In Class, Land takes us with her as she finishes college and pursues her writing career. Facing barriers at every turn including a byzantine loan system, not having enough money for food, navigating the judgments of professors and fellow students who didn’t understand the demands of attending college while under the poverty line—Land finds a way to survive once again, finally graduating in her mid-thirties.

Class paints an intimate and heartbreaking portrait of motherhood as it converges and often conflicts with personal desire and professional ambition. Who has the right to create art? Who has the right to go to college? And what kind of work is valued in our culture? In clear, candid, and moving prose, Class grapples with these questions, offering a searing indictment of America’s educational system and an inspiring testimony of a mother’s triumph against all odds.


About the author

Stephanie Land is the author of the New York Times bestseller Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, called “a testimony…worth listening to,” by The New York Times and inspiration for the Netflix series Maid. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The GuardianThe Atlantic, and many other outlets. Her writing focuses on social and economic justice and parenting under the poverty line. She is a frequent speaker at colleges and national advocacy organizations. Find out more at @Stepville or


Event address: 
Gonzaga University - Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center
211 East Desmet Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258
Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education By Stephanie Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982151393
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - November 7th, 2023

A Good Morning America Book Club Pick • New York Times Most Anticipated Books of Fall

“Raw and inspiring.” —People

“Land is not just exploring her own story, but also the larger implications of what it means to fall between the cracks of American capitalism.” —The

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive By Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316505093
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Legacy Lit - January 21st, 2020

"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 tu