Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
Author(s): Stephanie Land
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: DD41738
Released: Feb 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781549173950
Narrator/s: Stephanie Land
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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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. "My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter." While the gap between upper middle-class Americans and the working poor widens, grueling low-wage domestic and service work--primarily done by women--fuels the economic success of the wealthy. Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, pulling long hours while struggling as a single mom to keep a roof over her daughter's head. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society. While she worked hard to scratch her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labor jobs, 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 overworked and underpaid Americans. Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, 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. 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.

All formats/editions

Author(s): Stephanie Land
Narrator(s): Stephanie Land
Product Number Z100145050
Released: Jan 22, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
ISBN: #9781549177712
Author(s): Stephanie Land
Product Number EB00726516
Released: Jan 22, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: #9780316421003

Professional reviews

"At times, Stephanie Land's frustration, fatigue, and fear can be heard in her voice as she narrates her memoir about making ends meet as a single mother while recovering from an abusive relationship and trying to become self-reliant. Although the insights about her experiences, her growth, and the limited support available for people in poverty make this audiobook worth listening to, Land herself should have passed on the narration. Though emotions break through at times, she often clumps together her words in a staccato-like delivery, and sometimes it sounds as if she is unfamiliar with what she is reading. Her efforts produce a detached performance that, at times, does resonate with the exhaustion and depletion she writes about. L.E. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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