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"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 turned into an unplanned pregnancy. Before long, she found herself a single mother, scraping by as a housekeeper to make ends meet.Maid is an emotionally raw, masterful account of Stephanie's years spent in service to upper middle class America as a "nameless ghost" who quietly shared in her clients' triumphs, tragedies, and deepest secrets. Driven to carve out a better life for her family, she cleaned by day and took online classes by night, writing relentlessly as she worked toward earning a college degree. She wrote of the true stories that weren't being told: of living on food stamps and WIC coupons, of government programs that barely provided housing, of aloof government employees who shamed her for receiving what little assistance she did. Above all else, she wrote about pursuing the myth of the American Dream from the poverty line, all the while slashing through 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 courage, determination, and ultimate strength of the human spirit."A single mother's personal, unflinching look at America's class divide, a description of the tightrope many families walk just to get by, and a reminder of the dignity of all work." -PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, Obama's Summer Reading List
Grand Central Publishing
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"At 28, Stephanie Land shares her personal story of being in poverty as a single mom in America. This book hits close to home as she grew up not far away from a lot of my family here in WA state. This book has a message for anyone, but for me, it as usual shows the human will is more powerful than anything. I’ve read many books, but haven’t found myself rooting for someone as much as I have this author. "
"I watched the Netflix series first, before I had heard of the book and I adored it. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the book but it reads so much different than the series. In some ways it’s better than the series, in some ways it’s not as good. Either way, Stephanie’s story of poverty, domestic violence and single motherhood is a powerful one and I think there is something for every woman at some point to relate and identify with. "
"This book is a good example of why poverty cycles are difficult to break out of. It also is a firsthand experience of the psychological effects that happen when people are in these situations, and why they make decisions that other people “can’t understand,” because it’s very hard unless you’ve been under that kind of duress. It’s also worth noting that while she did not grow up in poverty, generational poverty is still a very big theme here, as she did not have a solid family support system."
"A true account of the working poor in America."
"A really good account of the struggles of a single mom in poverty."