Stephanie Land: Maid
We're thrilled to announce that we'll be joined by Stephanie Land, author of "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive", a breakout memoir of 2019!
About "Maid" (Courtesy of Publisher):
As a single mother, Stephanie Land scrubbed the toilets of the wealthy and lived in a dank studio with her young daughter. Her journey is one of resilience and determination as she hops from home to home and survives on $9.00 an hour and public assistance. MAID is an illuminating dive into the secret underbelly of middle-class America, and what it’s really like to work in service jobs.
In 2015, Stephanie wrote an impassioned viral essay in Vox, which detailed her life as a domestic worker, a field largely dominated by women working as housecleaners, nannies, and in elder care, jobs that often deny basic labor rights like minimum wage, overtime, sick and vacation pay. Emotionally raw yet heartwarming, MAID gives voice to the working poor, and is fueled by Stephanie’s courage to expose the reality of pursuing the American dream from below the poverty line.
About Stephanie Land:
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 for staples like milk and cheese. Of the government programs that provided her housing but that doubled as a halfway house, 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 is Stephanie’s story, but it’s not hers alone. It is an inspiring testament to the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit. Stephanie is a bright, important new voice in nonfiction literature, illuminating underserved populations of domestic and service workers who fight daily to improve their own lives and the lives of their children.
Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She lives in Missoula, Montana.
“If this book inspires you, which it may, remember how close it came to never being written. Stephanie might have given in to despair or exhaustion; she might have suffered a disabling injury at work. Think too of all the women who, for reasons like that, never manage to get their stories told. Stephanie reminds us that they are out there in the millions, each heroic in her own way, waiting for us to listen.”
—From the Foreword to MAID by Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed
“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 impoverished people mired in poverty, the indignity of poverty by way of unmovable bureaucracy, and people's lousy attitudes toward poor people... Land's prose is vivid and engaging... [A] tightly-focused, well-written memoir... an incredibly worthwhile read.”
─Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger: A Memoir
Photo Credit: Nicol Biesek
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREvicted 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.