Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

Stephanie Land / Aug 18, 2019

Maid Hard Work Low Pay and a Mother s Will to Survive 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 learne

  • Title: Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
  • Author: Stephanie Land
  • ISBN: 0316505110
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, First, 288 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by 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Roxane rated it really liked it This book is going to garner a range of reactions when it s published 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 When she writes about her circumstances, Land s prose is vivid and engaging Her This book is going to garner a range of reactions when it s published 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 When she writes about her circumstances, Land s prose is vivid and engaging Her hopelessness, during this time in her life is palpable But it is strange that the publicity materials compare this book to a book like Evicted This is a tightly focused, well written memoir, a good book, but it is not a deeply researched book about poverty This is a book about temporary poverty and it is part of a canon where the goal is to reach the middle class There s nothing wrong with that Where I struggled with this book, was the lack of acknowledgment of white privilege and how that made the arc of her narrative possible, save for a cursory moment where the author acknowledges the challenges immigrants might face that she did not I also wish the scope of this book was wider I wasn t sure of the chronology of a lot of the book, and I would have loved to get a stronger sense of her relationships with other people I suspect the writer was maintaining personal boundaries in what I perceived as absences but still, I did want to see human connection, either good or bad Fortunately, a book does not need to be everything to everyone Whatever this book s shortcomings are, it is still an incredibly worthwhile read flag 296 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Cristalyne I m also confused about the comparison to Evicted A better comparison would have been Hillbilly Elegy because she is the sort of person Vance vilifie I m also confused about the comparison to Evicted A better comparison would have been Hillbilly Elegy because she is the sort of person Vance vilifies in his memoir They both made it though, and that does speak to a privilege that isn t available to most people of color in similar circumstances, and in the cases where it is, there certainly isn t the same sort of publicity I would have appreciated if she had acknowledged that in an epilogue, especially since the book ends on a happily ever after sentiment Jan 28, 2019 02 34PM Alex This was one woman s memoir She s not required to examine or acknowledge her white privilege, just as we don t have to read her book if we don t want This was one woman s memoir She s not required to examine or acknowledge her white privilege, just as we don t have to read her book if we don t want to The author faced incredible challenges and a system that seemed rigged against her, and that was her personal experience I think it can be easy for those of us in a better economic situation than the author to point out that Land did not check her privilege such judgment seems like the privileged thing to do, actually The author is not perfect, but I appreciate that she shared her story as a white, single mom trying to support her daughter Jan 28, 2019 06 35PM Nov 28, 2018 Maureen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Stephanie Land didn t experience the best start in life, well not when it comes down to the most important thing for a child love Neither parent seemed to have much of it to give, in fact they present themselves as extremely selfish individuals Stephanie finds herself pregnant and in an abusive relationship, which should herald the end of her dreams of going to college, but this is one thing that she will try desperately to hang onto.We accompany Stephanie and her daughter Mia, as they attem Stephanie Land didn t experience the best start in life, well not when it comes down to the most important thing for a child love Neither parent seemed to have much of it to give, in fact they present themselves as extremely selfish individuals Stephanie finds herself pregnant and in an abusive relationship, which should herald the end of her dreams of going to college, but this is one thing that she will try desperately to hang onto.We accompany Stephanie and her daughter Mia, as they attempt to overcome the many trials and tribulations that come with being caught up in the poverty trap The rules imposed on people in their position appear to be designed to keep them there Life for Stephanie is really tough it s a round of long hours of physically hard work as a maid, cleaning the homes of the wealthy, whilst receiving low pay in return, and she still tries to include some study time in the hopes of a better future In addition, Mia is a sickly child who s illnesses are compounded by the poor living conditions that they have to endure There s also the indignities that Stephanie experiences when using food stamps in the grocery store on one occasion the man behind her in the queue remarks loudly enough so that everyone can hear You re welcome the implication being that he personally has paid for the food by paying his taxes Little did he know just how hard Stephanie had to work to simply hang onto what little she had the old car that was essential to enable her to get to clients homes, the glass walled studio apartment overlooking the freeway, which was freezing cold and black with mould in winter, and then turned into a greenhouse in the summer, and she could barely afford even that But most of all it was Mia that made the hard work not only essential, but worth it, as Stephanie battled against ex partner Jamie s constant threats to apply for custody of Mia every time something went wrong in her life.There s no doubt that Stephanie did initially make some poor choices in life, though she soon discovers that freedom of choice is a privilege granted only to those with financial security but it would be wrong of me to suggest that everything that happens to her was entirely her fault it wasn t Once you re in a cycle of poverty, it s really really difficult to get out of it There were moments when she couldn t see the light at the end of the tunnel, but her love for Mia just pushes her that extra yard to aspire to those goals that she thought were lost forever.I do feel that some areas of Stephanie s personal life were skimmed over in favour of descriptions of clients homes Just one instance of this was when a male friend lent her a car, it turned out that she d been seeing him on and off for some time, but this was the first and only mention of him However, this was an enlightening memoir with regard to the human face of poverty the one behind the government s statistics Thank you to Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group, Trapeze for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange flag 143 likesLike see review View all 68 comments Nazanin Wonderful review, Maureen Sorry you didn t enjoy it Jan 28, 2019 09 34AM Maureen Nazanin wrote Wonderful review, Maureen Sorry you didn t enjoy it Thanks Nazanin Jan 28, 2019 10 23AM Nov 02, 2018 karen rated it really liked it Shelves grgiveaways, nonfictions, read harder challenge 2018 NOW AVAILABLE fulfilling book riot s 2018 read harder challenge task 14 A book of social sciencethis one might be memoir than social science, but it s ehrenreich approved and that s good enough for me okay, so i would say this is definitely memoir than social science, but i went into it with good intentions, and it s too close to the end of the year for me to be a stickler for reading challenge precision if the bookriot police wanna NOW AVAILABLE fulfilling book riot s 2018 read harder challenge task 14 A book of social sciencethis one might be memoir than social science, but it s ehrenreich approved and that s good enough for me okay, so i would say this is definitely memoir than social science, but i went into it with good intentions, and it s too close to the end of the year for me to be a stickler for reading challenge precision if the bookriot police wanna come for me i ll be here, trying to accomplish my remaining annual reading goals i do not know why this year was such a difficult one for my reading or, i do, but this is not the place to moan about it although part of it is actually a good segue into reviewing this book finding work that pays the bills has become my most prolonged struggle situation is in no way as difficult as the author s, but the fears that keep her up at night, the distance she perceives between herself and those of even average financial means, the anxiety and shame and sacrifices i found myself relating to it than was pleasant to relate Most of my friendships had faded over the last year because I d isolated myself and hidden from the embarrassment of my daily life.again, and i cannot stress this enough my situation is in no way as dire as hers was i m not comparing i m empathizing with the way it feels to work hard and still be struggling, to exhaust yourself for barely enough to get by The child support I received barely covered the cost of gas The entire 275 a month went to the trips back and forth so Mia could see her dad.i am only responsible for my ownself and i can t imagine having to care and provide for a child on what i m able to earn, nor can i imagine having to navigate the truly byzantine web of government assistance agencies, especially having to navigate them in the condition motherhood and poverty can leave a person depleted by anxiety attacks, hunger, illness, exhaustion, and perpetual physical pain from hard manual labor so much of her account is exasperating, illuminating the ways that logic is broken The most frustrating part of being stuck in the system were the penalties it seemed I received for improving my life On a couple of occasions, my income pushed me over the limit by a few dollars, I d lose hundreds of dollars in benefits Due to my self employment, I had to report my income every few months Earning 50 extra could make my co pay at day care go up by the same amount Sometimes it meant losing my childcare grant altogether There was no incentive or opportunity to save money The system kept me locked down, scraping the bottom of the barrel, and without a plan to climb out of it and how degrading and soul killing the cycle I thought of how many times the police, firemen, and paramedics had come to our building in the last couple of months of the random checks to make sure living spaces were kept clean or to make sure broken down cars in the parking lot had been repaired to patrol us so that we weren t doing the awful things they expected poor people to do, like allowing the laundry or garbage to pile up, when really, we lacked physical energy and resources from working jobs no one else wanted to do We were expected to live off minimum wage, to work several jobs at varying hours, to afford basic needs while fighting for safe places to leave our children Somehow nobody saw the work they only saw the results of living a life that constantly crushed you with its impossibility so, it s a memoir with social science appeal it absolutely leaves an impression about what it s like to be trapped in the struggle, trying to stay healthy enough to work a thankless job when even ibuprofin is a luxury, to take online courses after a full day s work on an empty stomach, to sacrifice, to swallow pride, and to work really hard, whether people see the work or not i m going to be annoying and type out a whole thing now, but i think this part of the book does the best job at highlighting both the social science bits how unreasonable the system and the memoir bits how humiliating to endure the perceptions of needing the system it also gives you a good sense of her writing style, and you can always not read it if you don t like reading Even though I really needed it, I stopped using WIC checks for milk, cheese, eggs, and peanut butter I never seemed to get the right size, brand, or color of eggs, the correct type of juice, or the specific number of ounces of cereal anyway Each coupon had such specific requirements in what it could be used for, and I held my breath when the cashier rang them up I always screwed up in some way and caused a holdup in the line Maybe others did the same, since cashiers grew visibly annoyed whenever they saw one of those large WIC coupons on the conveyor belt Once, after massive amounts of miscommunication with the cashier, an older couple started huffing and shaking their heads at me My caseworker at the WIC office even prepared me for it The program had recently downgraded their qualifying milk from organic to non organic, leaving me with a missing chunk in my food budget I couldn t afford to make up If at all possible, I tried to give Mia only organic whole milk Non organic, 2 percent milk might as well have been white colored water to me, packed with sugar, salt, antibiotics, and hormones These coupons were my last chance for a while to offer her the one organic food she ingested besides her boxes of Annie s macaroni and cheese When I d scoffed at losing the benefit to purchase organic whole milk, my caseworker nodded and sighed We just don t have the funding for it any, she d told me I somewhat understood, since a half gallon had a price tag of nearly four dollars The obesity rates are going up in children, she added, and this is a program focused on providing the best nutrition They don t realize that skim milk is full of sugar I asked, allowing Mia to climb out of my lap so she could play with the toys in the corner They re also adding ten dollars for produce she added brightly, ignoring my grumpy attitude You can purchase any produce you want, except potatoes Why not potatoes I thought of the large batches of mashed potatoes I made to supplement my diet People tend to fry them or add lots of butter, she said, looking a little confused herself You can get sweet potatoes, though She explained I d have to purchase exactly ten dollars worth or less, and I wouldn t be able to go over, or the check wouldn t work I wouldn t get any change if the produce I selected rang in under ten dollars The coupons didn t have any real monetary value.That day at the store, with it being the last month of organic milk, I wanted every bit I could get Your milk isn t a WIC item, the cashier said again It won t ring up that way She started to turn to the young man bagging our other groceries and sighed I knew she was going to tell him to go run and get the right kind of milk It happened to me with the eggs all the time.My checks weren t expired, but the store had already updated their system Normally, I would have cowered, taken the non organic milk, and run out, especially with two old people shaking their heads in annoyance I glanced at them again and caught the man standing with his arms crossed and head tilted, eyeing my pants with holes in the knees My shoes were getting holes in the toes He loudly sighed again.I asked to speak to the manager The cashier s eyebrows shot up as she shrugged her shoulders and put up her hands in front of me, like I d pulled out a gun and ordered her to give me all her money Sure, she said, evenly and coolly the voice of a customer service representative faced with an unruly shopper I ll get the manager for you As he walked over, I could see his flustered employee following behind him, red faced and gesturing wildly, even pointing at me, to explain her side of the story He immediately apologized and overrode the cash register Then he rang up my organic whole milk as a WIC item, bagged it, and told me to have a wonderful day.As I pushed my cart away, my hands still shaking, the old man nodded towards my groceries and said, You re welcome I grew infuriated You re welcome for what I wanted to yell back at him That he d waited so impatiently, huffing and grumbling to his wife It couldn t have been that It was that I was obviously poor, and shopping in the middle of the day, pointedly not at work He didn t know I had to take an afternoon off for the WIC appointment, missing 40 in wages, where they had to weigh both Mia and me We left with a booklet of coupons that supplemented about the same as those lost wages, but not the disgruntled client whom I d had to reschedule, who might, if I ever needed to reschedule again, go with a different cleaner, because my work was that disposable But what he saw was that those coupons were paid for by government money, the money he d personally contributed to with the taxes he d paid To him, he might as well have personally bought the fancy milk I insisted on, but I was obviously poor so I didn t deserve ith, right don t go over, don t go under, buy this, don t buy that, jump through hoops and get it all right and people will STILL look down on you for the fun carefree life you re having living hand to mouth good grief, yeah it s just one woman s experience, but it exposes a lot of systemic cracks and maybe it ll make one old man at a grocery store less of a jerk someday you are not time traveling i started this review months ago and got distracted by shiny things come to my blog flag 117 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Oct 14, 2018 Diane S rated it really liked it Wish I could have climbed into these pages and given this young woman a hug Nineteen pregnant, she leaves an abusive relationship When her daughter is born she is a single mother with few resources and very little support This is a honest, down to earth, telling of her story trying to manuver through a system that is stacked against her She is a hard worker and takes the only job she can get, while still taking care of her daughter, and taking online classes in a effort to provide for a bett Wish I could have climbed into these pages and given this young woman a hug Nineteen pregnant, she leaves an abusive relationship When her daughter is born she is a single mother with few resources and very little support This is a honest, down to earth, telling of her story trying to manuver through a system that is stacked against her She is a hard worker and takes the only job she can get, while still taking care of her daughter, and taking online classes in a effort to provide for a better future She cleans houses, working whenever she can, for very little money, and much pain She tells her story without dramatics, yet one can not help but feel for her and her little Mia.It is easy to be an armchairir quarterback, and zero in on all the things she could have been differently, but the truth is much complicated Her parents, divorced, both with new mates, are either unwilling or unable to help It would be a cold day in hell, before I would refuse to help any child of mine to the best of my ability, let alone my granddaughter Always budgeting, pay day to pay day, government aid only covering the bare or should I say barely covering, the basics She has to deal with the shame she feels, and the condemnation of those who see her in the grocery using her food card One man actually told her to thank him as he was paying for her groceries with his taxes.There is little incentive to work harder as making only fifty dollars would disqualify her for her childcare voucher, or jepardize her rent subsidy Her life is not all sorrow, she has happy times, wonderful times with her daughter, one can tell how much she wishes she could provide for her in a better way These systems, like so many others in the states are broken, flawed, but it is so hard to change people s thinking Maybe this book would help, because she shows that the working poor are not restricted to one race, but cross socioeconomic barriers and skin color The book does end on a hopeful note and I certainly hope she and Mia continue to do wellC from Hatchette books flag 107 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Jan 17, 2019 Esil rated it liked it Shelves netgalley 3 starsMaid has an important message and I have a lot of respect and sympathy for Stephanie Land, but I didn t love reading her book In her late 20s, Land found herself coming out of an abusive relationship as the single mother of a toddler She had very few financial options, so she took what help she could from government assistance and started working as a maid Her book is a memoir of the three or four years she struggled to support herself and her daughter before finding a way to get into 3 starsMaid has an important message and I have a lot of respect and sympathy for Stephanie Land, but I didn t love reading her book In her late 20s, Land found herself coming out of an abusive relationship as the single mother of a toddler She had very few financial options, so she took what help she could from government assistance and started working as a maid Her book is a memoir of the three or four years she struggled to support herself and her daughter before finding a way to get into university I struggled a bit with her book, because I couldn t figure out what the focus was Was I reading a memoir about the struggles of a single mother with limited resources Or was I reading the observations of a someone who got a peak into other people s lives through her work as a domestic worker Both are important and interesting, but they didn t quite mesh together for me in this book Having said this, whether I enjoyed reading Land s book or not, her memoir does paint a vivid picture of the effects of economic inequality She worked incredibly hard while looking after her daughter and taking online courses, and yet she could barely afford an a place to live Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy flag 36 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Esil Kaceey Traveling Sister wrote Excellent review Esil Thanks Kaceey Feb 01, 2019 02 21AM Esil Deanna wrote Thanks for sharing your perspective I felt the same way The forward suggests the memoir is the latter, an insightful tale of interior Deanna wrote Thanks for sharing your perspective I felt the same way The forward suggests the memoir is the latter, an insightful tale of interior lives through the eyes of a maid But it is really a memoir a Thanks for your comment, Deanna I suspect that you re right about the title being a marketing ploy That s not a great idea because readers don t like to be misled, and the author certainly has a very sincere story to tell about her own life Feb 01, 2019 02 23AM Nov 05, 2018 Valerity Val rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, biography memoir, netgalley, non fiction, americana, survival Maid Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother s Will to SurviveStephanie Land didn t have it easy She was a single mom who worked hard cleaning other people s houses, working in their yards, doing whatever she had to in order to feed herself and her daughter, Mia This was after she found herself homeless when the father of her daughter kicked them out It s not like she felt she could ask her folks for help, no way She found that government help for housing wasn t easy to stomach, left them with no Maid Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother s Will to SurviveStephanie Land didn t have it easy She was a single mom who worked hard cleaning other people s houses, working in their yards, doing whatever she had to in order to feed herself and her daughter, Mia This was after she found herself homeless when the father of her daughter kicked them out It s not like she felt she could ask her folks for help, no way She found that government help for housing wasn t easy to stomach, left them with no privacy and was very stressful So she fought hard to avoid ever being in that position again if she could help it.When she found herself suddenly homeless again a couple of years later after a breakup with a year long boyfriend and he gave her a month to move out, she refused to go back to a shelter She was trying so hard to get ahead, taking classes online, studying at night when her daughter slept, trying to get a degree With the help of friends this time, Stephanie managed to move them into a tiny studio apartment and stored much of their things and worked harder than ever to stay afloat There were times she drank coffee to help with the hunger pains, and there were times she had to go a couple of weeks without coffee even.This book is very readable, though not easy topics, it moves well I found it a very interesting record of what Stephanie went through during that time in her life as she did what she had to in order to get by for her and her daughter She s very strong and put up with a lot It had to be terribly hard without any family help all that time, and no support system to speak of much of the time You could really feel for her, the loneliness and aching as she slogged along wanting a better life My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Stephanie Land, and the publisher for my fair review.Publisher Hachette Books 288 pagesPublication Jan 22nd, 2019My BookZone blog flag 34 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Nancy rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley Poverty was like a stagnant pool of mud that pulled at our feet and refused to let go from Maid by Stephanie LandI ll be brutally honest, and you can unfollow me if you want, I don t care, but ever since Presidents Roosevelt and Johnson created social programs to help the poor there have been politicians determined to slash, limit, and end them And one of their methods is to vilify the poor as blood sucking, lazy, ignorant, self entitled criminals who live off the hard earned tax dollars Poverty was like a stagnant pool of mud that pulled at our feet and refused to let go from Maid by Stephanie LandI ll be brutally honest, and you can unfollow me if you want, I don t care, but ever since Presidents Roosevelt and Johnson created social programs to help the poor there have been politicians determined to slash, limit, and end them And one of their methods is to vilify the poor as blood sucking, lazy, ignorant, self entitled criminals who live off the hard earned tax dollars squeezed from hard working, honest, salt of the earth, red blooded Americans.I have known some of those people, and yes, they sometimes made bad choices, but they also worked to improve their lives Like my cousin who ran away at sixteen and returned, pregnant, without a high school degree She was on welfare and food stamps She also got a GED and learned to drive and found a jobwhich was eliminated by budget cuts After floundering for some time, she found work again, and even love Then died young of a horrible autoimmune disease.Or the couple who worked abroad to teach English as a second language to pay off their school debts, then returned to America and could not find jobs The wife returned to school for an advanced degree She graduated after the economy tanked and still could not find work in her area They relied on WIC when their child was born They have lived in poverty their entire marriage, the woman working for ETS and online tutoring.Stephanie Land had dreams, hoping some day to go to college Her parents had split up, her mom s husband resentful and her dad broke because of the recession She was self supporting when she became pregnant When she decided to keep her baby her boyfriend became abusive She was driven to take her daughter and leave him And so began her descent into the world of homelessness, poverty, the red tape web of government programs She worked as a maid, even though she suffered from a pinched nerve and back pain and allergies The pay was miserable, her travel expenses uncovered She found housing that was inadequate, unsafe, and unhealthy Black mold kept her daughter perpetually sick with sinus and ear infections.I know about that Our infant son was ill most of the year with allergies, sinus infections, ad ear infections It made him fussy and overactive and every time he was sick it made his development lag We were lucky We could address the environmental causes We found a specialist who treated him throughout his childhood.Maid is Stephanie Land s story of those years when she struggled to provide for her daughter She documents how hard it is to obtain assistance and even the knowledge of what aid is available, the everlasting exhaustion of having to work full time, taking her daughter to and from daycare, and raise her child on a razor thin budget All while cleaning the large homes of strangers.And that is the other side of the book, the people who hire help at less than minimum wage, some who show consideration and others who like her invisible How a maid knows about her clients than they can imagine Land worked hard Really hard She had to Finally, she was able to go to school and write this book She crawled out of the mire What is amazing is that anyone can escape poverty You earn a few dollars and you lose benefits Land is an excellent writer She created scenes that broke my heart, such as when her mother and her new husband come to help Land move Her mom suggests they go out to lunch, then expects Land to pay for the meal Land had 10 left until the end of the month Even knowing this, they accepted it Then, her mom s husband complained Land acted entitled I was so angry I felt heartbroken that Land and her daughter were shown so little charity I think about the Universal Basic Income idea that I have read about How if Land received 1,000 a month she would have been able to provide her daughter with quality daycare or healthy housing She would have been able to spend time on her degree and work fewer weekends She would have been off government assistance years sooner.But that s not how the system works Because we don t trust poor people to do the right thing We don t trust them to want to have a better life We don t believe they are willing to work hard work at all.Remember The Ghost of Christmas Present who shows Scrooge the children hiding under his robes, Ignorance and Want We have the power to end ignorance and want We choose not to Instead, we tell people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, even when they are without shoes.That s my rant Yes, progressive liberal stuff But also in the spirit of the Christ who told us that if we have two shirts, give one to the poor The Christ who said not to judge other s faults and ignore your larger ones judging being the larger one The Christ who taught mercy to strangers Perhaps Land s memoir will make people take a second look at mothers on assistance Under the cinders is a princess striving to blossom I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review flag 27 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Susan Lambert I could not have said it bettet Thank you Jan 29, 2019 09 47AM Nancy Gee thanks Susan Jan 29, 2019 09 58AM Jan 22, 2019 Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, reviewed In Maid Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother s Will to Survive debut author Stephanie Land narrates her drastic and desperate story of survival as a single mother raising her daughter in Washington state the home of , Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks The indolent poor are often blamed for their condition accused of draining tax dollars for government entitlements and paltry SNAP Food Stamp benefits that seldom or minimally cover a grocery bill Wealthy policy makers debate mandator In Maid Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother s Will to Survive debut author Stephanie Land narrates her drastic and desperate story of survival as a single mother raising her daughter in Washington state the home of , Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks The indolent poor are often blamed for their condition accused of draining tax dollars for government entitlements and paltry SNAP Food Stamp benefits that seldom or minimally cover a grocery bill Wealthy policy makers debate mandatory drug testing, work requirements and the ability of SNAP recipient s to buy toilet paper and potato chips, as valuable tax breaks and additional public funding is increasingly allocated to the rich and corporate interests In a small inland community of Port Angeles, Washington Land s small daughter Mia learned to walk in a homeless shelter With an offer of assistance, Stephanie s clueless mother arrived with her equally clueless husband to help her daughter and grandchild move into transitional housing later expecting Stephanie to pay her fair share of their costly restaurant bill Without family support it was easy to see how our young people enter the public system of despair with draconian measures that further marginalize and punish the working poor for their condition It was utterly exhausting and demoralizing to be poor in Washington State Stephanie required a total of seven programs to survive with Mia Pell Grants, SNAP, TBRA, LIHEAP, WIC, Medicaid, and Childcare subsidizes Too often, it was necessary to appear in person for interviews that required her to miss work and loose income from her low paying cleaning jobs A car and all expenses associated with it were a requirement for this work If a cleaning job didn t meet a customer s unrealistic expectations, Stephanie was required to fix the problem free of charge and at her own expense Despite her physical ailments from hard labor and with the help of over the counter pain remedies she became a top rated sought after house cleaner Stephanie worked for an agency and accepted independent assignments from customers as her professional reputation grew.A search for support and companionship led Stephanie to a small rural family farm The country was a great environment for Mia, though eventually Stephanie couldn t keep up with the demands of her cleaning business and a partner that demanded servitude keeping all mutually earned income for himself Next, in the Skagit Valley, Mia and Stephanie lived in a black mold infested apartment, where Mia was constantly sick with a steady rotation through medical appointments Due to lack of space, Stephanie was forced to sell or give away all non essential belongings including things her father had given her to pass down to her own children The tiny apartment was all she could afford.In a campaign speech given by Ronald Reagan 1976 1980 national attention was turned to a Cadillac driving Welfare Queen fraudster that collected welfare payments This claim was later proven false and a total myth, but the damage done to the poor with that statement has had lasting impacts on public opinion and policy Land s book is not a sob story, but rather a courageous story to rise above the harshness and brutality of poverty and discover a path towards success Land graduated from the University of Montana earning a degree in English and Creative Writing 2014 and lives with her family in Missoula, Montana With thanks and appreciation to Hachette Books via NetGalley for the DDC for the purpose of review flag 29 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Lucy Langford A brilliant and thoughtful analysis Michelle 10 hours, 45 min ago Deanna A wonderful review 6 hours, 36 min ago Jan 25, 2019 Donna rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves biography memoir, life, netgalley, non fiction This is one book that I ve grappled with in trying to write a review There are a few conflicting impressions that I ve turned over in my mind, causing me to question why I feel as I do about the story I thought about just giving a glossed over review, focusing only on what I appreciated and there was a lot to appreciate about this account of a young, single mother s struggle to survive and raise her child I wanted to be generous, but I finally decided to just write the review to include wha This is one book that I ve grappled with in trying to write a review There are a few conflicting impressions that I ve turned over in my mind, causing me to question why I feel as I do about the story I thought about just giving a glossed over review, focusing only on what I appreciated and there was a lot to appreciate about this account of a young, single mother s struggle to survive and raise her child I wanted to be generous, but I finally decided to just write the review to include what bothered me, and if that reflects negatively on me, then so be it.The title of the book, Maid Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother s Will to Survive is apt, as Stephanie Land describes how truly hard she worked for very low wages to give herself and her young daughter a place to call home, and yes to simply survive Her determination and grit no pun intended are evident She did whatever it took to provide a roof, food, and basic needs for her family of two She fielded issues with multiple government welfare and assistance programs, and dealt with anger and abusiveness from a former partner, the father of her daughter, Mia She worked long hours for very little pay and labored with physically demanding jobs cleaning the homes of clients and doing occasional landscape work when she could get it She struggled with day care and doctor situations when her child was sick, and lost wages during those times when she couldn t make it to work All in all, her situation was bleak and disheartening and terribly hard in every sense of the word And she toiled through it to finish college and to write her story, and major kudos to her for doing so.Overall, the book is well written, although there were several instances throughout when the flow just didn t quite work It was difficult to understand exactly what caused some of her problems to begin with there was confusing and incomplete background information We learn that her mother lives in Europe and that the author and her father don t really connect There s a brother out there somewhere, but we know next to nothing about him or why he can t help her in some way It s possible there are reasons that information was left private, but stating that, at least, would have been helpful and less confusing to the reader Also baffling was the ongoing message that there were never enough hours, that work and school and taking care of Mia were exhausting And then out of the blue, with no explanation, she mentions that she s been dating a few people Where did that come from I mean, good for her, but when How What I felt much empathy for Stephanie through the description of her money and job worries I ve been there, and my heart ached for the times she felt so helpless and hopeless The love and care she gave to her daughter also resonated with me it s obvious that Mia was always first and foremost in her concerns.The thing that truly bothered me about her story is kind of double edged I think she was being very honest about her actions, and for that, I applaud her But the descriptions of her snooping her word through a client s home made me so sad Reading pill bottles, receipts for payments, looking through books and sorting through mail on a table, repeatedly trying on a sweater in someone s closet all of these were upsetting to me But the most egregious to me was her opening the jars and looking at the ashes of loved ones, on than one occasion I also took exception to her basically gossiping to the reader about her clients, passing judgment on them just as others had passed judgment on her I know her life was beyond difficult and she had been looked down upon and treated miserably But that doesn t take away from the fact that others deserved respect from her, as well, and I m sad that she did these things and shared them in her story.Again, I applaud Ms Land for her hard work, determination and for telling her story I just can t give this than 3 stars based on my concerns for some of the things missing in her story, and for some of the things I wish she hadn t shared Thank you to NetGalley and Hachette Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest review flag 18 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 11, 2018 Susan rated it it was ok First, this book is most certainly NOT in the category of Evicted, one of the most well researched, measured and thoughtful books published on the subject of chronic poverty in America I wanted to like this book, and feel that the subject matter is critically important to expose and discuss YetI just didn t There s a kind of immaturity about the book and frankly, many of the author s actions that grated, especially the flip flopping between envy and judgment of the middle class families First, this book is most certainly NOT in the category of Evicted, one of the most well researched, measured and thoughtful books published on the subject of chronic poverty in America I wanted to like this book, and feel that the subject matter is critically important to expose and discuss YetI just didn t There s a kind of immaturity about the book and frankly, many of the author s actions that grated, especially the flip flopping between envy and judgment of the middle class families she encounters Here s an example Living with illness or pain was part of my daily life But why did my clients have these problems It seemed like access to healthy foods, gym memberships, doctors and all of that would keep a person fit and well Maybe the stress of keeping up a two story house, a bad marriage, and maintaining the illusion of grandeur overwhelmed their systems in similar ways to how poverty did mine Really It will be interesting to see how this book is received when published flag 15 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 20, 2018 Autumn rated it did not like it Shelves 10 minute reads, capitalism, cleaning, debut, families, homelessness, ladies, memoir, social class Is this book supposed to be surprising Eye opening It s by a lady who gets pregnant from an abusive relationship and then she has to clean houses and wrangle with government assistance programs to make ends meet Like 1 million other ladies I don t get it flag 15 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Monica Self inflicted Wow Some people must not ever make any mistakes and live a life of privilege You really should read the rest of it before making too Self inflicted Wow Some people must not ever make any mistakes and live a life of privilege You really should read the rest of it before making too many judgements, Jessica Jan 30, 2019 01 15PM Jessica Its self inflicted because she purposely chose to have the baby knowing her partner didnt want it and that she had no way to care for it She even sta Its self inflicted because she purposely chose to have the baby knowing her partner didnt want it and that she had no way to care for it She even stated in the book that shes not opposed to abortion and was on birth control So yes, self inflicted Jan 30, 2019 05 09PM Dec 30, 2018 Book of the Month added it Why I love itby Meghan Maclean WeirCleaning houses and practicing medicine both involve a fair amount of piss and vomit That s why, while reading Stephanie Land s memoir, Maid, I often found myself thinking, I know exactly what that smells like I m a pediatrician Land, during the period described in this book, was primarily a house cleaner In both these jobs, you catch glimpses of other people s lives, their messiness, their vulnerability and suffering You help the best you can You worry i Why I love itby Meghan Maclean WeirCleaning houses and practicing medicine both involve a fair amount of piss and vomit That s why, while reading Stephanie Land s memoir, Maid, I often found myself thinking, I know exactly what that smells like I m a pediatrician Land, during the period described in this book, was primarily a house cleaner In both these jobs, you catch glimpses of other people s lives, their messiness, their vulnerability and suffering You help the best you can You worry it s not enough.In Maid, Land recounts the years she spent cleaning the homes of the wealthy while struggling to keep a roof over her and her daughter s heads The book is a first hand account of the ways in which poverty is demoralizing and the system, itself, is broken It s also a story about motherhood, and how it expands your capacity for joy and love even as it breaks you.As Land s raw and moving story unfolds, it s tempting to wonder aloud how she juggles poverty, homelessness, and the physical toil of working as a maid all while being a single parent But don t There s a chapter on why she hates that And really, who doesn t This story is the perfect reminder that while we all struggle, every day, to do better, to be better, it s infinitely easier to get by when you have a little help from your friends.Read at flag 13 likesLike see review Jul 25, 2018 Sarah rated it it was amazing Oh this is powerful It spoke to my human and social worker heart This will make you think twice about cultural stereotypes surrounding single motherhood and about use of government aid I wanted to high five Land so many times I ve watched clients, close family members, and myself wrestle with these exact hardships and this broken, punitive system Glad to have a well written book to put this out there flag 13 likesLike see review Mar 24, 2018 Janday rated it it was amazing Shelves america american, 21st century, advance readers copy, biography memoir, nonfiction, sociology social science Stephanie Land has never stopped advocating for herself As a young single mother escaping an abusive relationship with no help from her family, she found herself homeless and jobless Her daughter took her first steps in a homeless shelter Once she was eligible for housing, she had to endure constant surveillance, degrading lectures on energy efficiency, and no visitors Once she found employment as a maid, she worked for less than minimum wage, exposed herself to injury without paid time off Stephanie Land has never stopped advocating for herself As a young single mother escaping an abusive relationship with no help from her family, she found herself homeless and jobless Her daughter took her first steps in a homeless shelter Once she was eligible for housing, she had to endure constant surveillance, degrading lectures on energy efficiency, and no visitors Once she found employment as a maid, she worked for less than minimum wage, exposed herself to injury without paid time off or health insurance, and no guarantee of hours The only home she could afford was making herself and her daughter sick In short, Stephanie was stuck in a system that was designed to keep her poor. All the while, she slips, invisible, into the the homes she cleans whose lives she makes easier She touches their things and speculates about their lives and marvels how they could both exist in the same world I read an early digital manuscript of this memoir that I obtained as an employee of Hachette Book Group. flag 12 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Patty Smith rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, 2019, 2019 netgalley challenge, and the lesson is, contemporary, commentary, genre memoir biography, meaning of life, memoir, non fiction Many thanks to NetGalley, Hachette Books, and Stephanie Land for an ARC in exchange for an honest review My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.Stephanie Land has written a raw, honest, in your face book about what it is like to be poor, a single mother and working at what is considered to be menial labour I found this read difficult and uncomfortable and I think that is what she wants you to feel As I started to read, I was sympathetic, feeling for her plig Many thanks to NetGalley, Hachette Books, and Stephanie Land for an ARC in exchange for an honest review My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.Stephanie Land has written a raw, honest, in your face book about what it is like to be poor, a single mother and working at what is considered to be menial labour I found this read difficult and uncomfortable and I think that is what she wants you to feel As I started to read, I was sympathetic, feeling for her plight in life She made difficult choices and was left without a lot of options She writes in the afterwards that she was lucky because she saw a different way of life as a child She knew there was out there She notes that for people who are born into poverty, without the ability to experience anything different, and faced with minimal options, it is very difficult to imagine a better life for yourself I don t think we realize, if we are lucky enough to be middle class, how many opportunities we have, expectations, support, etc so that if we want to, we can make a good life for us and for our children But as the books went on and on and on and I got to about 50% of the way through I felt like I couldn t take it any It said, in the beginning of the book, that this has a happy ending I wanted to get to that part already I couldn t hear any about how tired she was, how her kid was sick, and then I stopped and thought wow I can t handle reading about it and she had to live it How did she pull herself out of it, I ll never know that kind of strength I hope I don t have to have that kind of strength It does have a happy ending and it really makes you think about so many issues.Land tells you, in no uncertain terms, what it is like to work as a maid I am fortunate enough to have someone to help clean our house, it is something we scrimp and save to be able to afford, since I am not able to do it any I had to take a good look in the mirror and think if I had ever treated or spoke to our helpers, the way some people had spoken to Land I use a service, similar to the one Land worked for, and I am not sure if they are making a decent living wage or not I know they do 2 sometimes 3 houses in a day and I really hadn t considered their physical pain that they must feel, doing their job, day after day I know that I don t look down on their line of work because I am not above scrubbing a toilet myself When Land describes cleaning those bathrooms, I think I threw up in my mouth a little Uch I certainly hope that no one has felt like that in my home What struck me the most was the loneliness I think I was prepared to hear about the fatigue, the pain, the worrying about her child, the kid being sick and not being able to go to daycare I had some of the same worries, but I was not alone I didn t have to deal with an abusive ex, an absentee family, and I had friends I didn t have the shame of poverty that she felt and how that would make a person isolate themselves To just crave some human contact I worry about money, but I haven t had to go hungry I can t imagine going through a government process of trying to get help, the amount of forms, dealing with that kind of prejudice, and still getting up every day, going to work, making a home for your child, playing with them, putting them to bed and doing it all over again, day after day How about trying to get a decent place to live and having landlords not want to rent to you because you are on assistance It honestly felt like being pounded on the head with a shovel, pushing you into the ground and the you try and dig your way out, the you get pounded Having one little crisis and it devastates you I learned a lot of lessons Some I knew, but they bore repeating First, to be grateful for what you have Land found so many things to be grateful for The second was she realized that people with big houses and lots of stuff weren t any happier than she was Stop wanting stuff That isn t what will make you happy Stop looking at what other people have and being envious The most important thing that struck me, and I think this is why she was able to make a better future is that she counted on herself If she needed comfort or love, she had to rely only on herself to get that She used mantras of telling herself she was loved, she was enough Really, in life, we only have ourselves I realized that when I got sick I had family and friends and support, but when the chips were down, I only had myself to dig out of whatever hole I was in You are your biggest asset and you are enough Whatever upheaval was going on in her daughters life, Land decide that she would be the constant She would be reliable, show up when she said she would, be on time, be there no matter what Don t get me wrong, it wasn t easy and that s what she shows us She had panic attacks, her child would have tantrums and nothing was easy But in all that upheaval, she found beauty, joy, and love We can all take that lesson home flag 12 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jan 17, 2019 C.J Maughan rated it did not like it Hooooooooo boy was this one frustrating I almost gave up multiple times because it made me so angry, but let s just start at the beginning I got this from Book of the Month On their description it wasn t exactly clear that this was a nonfiction read they may have changed it since So I had VERY different expectations upon opening this book up and was very disappointed to see that it was not fiction But, hey, I m cool, I like nonfiction and so I set that all aside and figured it would still Hooooooooo boy was this one frustrating I almost gave up multiple times because it made me so angry, but let s just start at the beginning I got this from Book of the Month On their description it wasn t exactly clear that this was a nonfiction read they may have changed it since So I had VERY different expectations upon opening this book up and was very disappointed to see that it was not fiction But, hey, I m cool, I like nonfiction and so I set that all aside and figured it would still be a good read No.No, it was not.The author spends very little time actually talking about her time as a maid And when I say that I mean that she TALKS about cleaning, sure, and she talks about the houses she goes to and she will briefly mention the people she cleans up after and how many times she lays down and cries in their tub But as far as a deep, tell all introspective look at her clients life that reflects the differences in her her own life which is how this book was presented as on Book of the Month is so far off base that it s almost hilarious Let me sum up the book for you It is a mishmash wheelhouse of the following words mold, crying, black mold, sinus infection, slimy mold, wet eyes, tears, sobbing, infectious mold, unstoppable crying and Black Mold with capital letters And to top it off, the author repeatedly tells the same story multiple times, but often in different orders I.E she talks about how she pulled her back moving a couch and couldn t move out of her boyfriends house Then later she talks about how she pulled her back moving the same couch and couldn t do whatever it was Maybe she pulled it twice Maybe it was different times I don t know It just seems odd.I hate to rag on someones unfortunate life experiences, but I have to say that author made me feel zero sympathy for her I wasn t rooting for her to succeed as she very much seemed to continually put herself in terrible situations There s the obvious examples, looking for awful men she shacks up with and tries to get to solve her situation, family drama etc, but the one that got to me was this she receives 4,000 back from taxes Woohoo She s continually been told from multiple doctors and specialists that she needs to find a better apartment as her daughter suffers from recurring sinus infections because of BLACK MOLD But what does the author do with her extra fortune Does she put first and last s rent on a new place Does she possibly go and talk to the landlord and say he s violating rules and she will move out now that she could afford to No She puts some towards bills, the car, etc and then she buys herself a diamond wedding ring because she always wanted it and she s realized she has to commit to herself as there ain t no man who can pull her out of this situation Wut Far be it from me to tell someone how to spend their money Not my business, but you don t get to write a whole book about how awful, terrible and stinky your life is if at the first sign of the tides turning you buy unnecessary junk If I had to pinpoint exactly what I hated about this book and the thing that really rubbed me the wrong way it is how the author makes sure to take every opportunity to tell EVERYONE around her how bad her life is as if wanting them to fix it while not doing a whole lot herself I can t afford a new apartment Have you looked, Stephanie Well, no, but life is so HARD And there s MOLD Plenty of people offer to help her out along the way but somehow she believes she is better than them or whatever it is they are offering and won t accept it unless it s on her terms She won t go to food banks because she thinks there are people worse off than her who should use it She won t use food stamps or take clothes from the church because she s embarrassed of what people will think at the grocery store She s always making up little scenarios about how this person was definitely staring at her ratty jeans and was probably thinking what a terrible mother she is Or boy wouldn t it be nice to have a diaper bag and a husband to hold hands with But instead here I am sitting on the grass drinking watered down coffee with my daughter who is wearing the same shirt as yesterday and boy life sucks so hard Good lord she was exhausting Nothing really happens in the book She works as a maid, she moves around a bit, she earns money, looses money and then moves to Montana because she always wanted to go to school there I don t know I m out of words to describe this book There s nothing of any real substance here I m sorry she had a terrible time in life I m happy she s doing well now Congrats on the book, I guess I think it would ve made a fantastic fiction book that was based on real life events instead of a memoir But as it is, I m reluctantly giving this book just one star flag 11 likesLike see review View all 15 comments C.J Maughan Jessica Law wrote EXACTLY I canceled my BOTM subscription after this one They ve really gone downhill I think I have one month left and I don t p Jessica Law wrote EXACTLY I canceled my BOTM subscription after this one They ve really gone downhill I think I have one month left and I don t plan on renewing it I m so glad someone else feels the same Jan 31, 2019 12 55PM Elizabeth Stolar C.J wrote Jessica Law wrote EXACTLY I canceled my BOTM subscription after this one They ve really gone downhill I think I have one month left C.J wrote Jessica Law wrote EXACTLY I canceled my BOTM subscription after this one They ve really gone downhill I think I have one month left and I don t plan on renewing it I m so glad someone else I ve been a member for about 5 months or so, and actually I like it it seems like there s always one book that I m interested in and if not, I can save the credit And it s often pre release, so we can get the book before we could even buy it With this book, even though I was disappointed in it, there s a good chance I would have read it maybe even bought it, although probably not until it came out in paperback at some point Jan 31, 2019 01 35PM Jan 28, 2019 Kate Olson rated it liked it Shelves audiobooks, nonfiction 3.5 stars audiobook formatI had been waiting for this book since I first read about it in the Publisher s Weekly announcements issue back in June 2018, and I preordered it from Audible THAT S how excited I was Nickel Dimed and Evicted are two of my favorite nonfiction reads, and I was somewhat expecting this to be in the same category It s not, though, which I m fine with, just surprised.I was sucked into Stephanie s story and felt such compassion for her throughout the book I w 3.5 stars audiobook formatI had been waiting for this book since I first read about it in the Publisher s Weekly announcements issue back in June 2018, and I preordered it from Audible THAT S how excited I was Nickel Dimed and Evicted are two of my favorite nonfiction reads, and I was somewhat expecting this to be in the same category It s not, though, which I m fine with, just surprised.I was sucked into Stephanie s story and felt such compassion for her throughout the book I work in the school system and have close contact with families and systems such as were described in the book I was raised by a single mom for a large part of my childhood who had to fight for child support and fight to get my dad to buy us toothbrushes to keep at his house And and of course.As someone reading from a place of economic privilege, I was actually mad at myself every time I started to think, Oh, really She s going to spend money on THAT Because, my friends, that is NOT OKAY TO SAY People in economic hardship have a right to happiness and a splurge now and then just the way anyone else does Reading reviews that slam Lands for how she spent her money make me LIVID In the book she is judged constantly for using her food stamps card, which horrifies me, but I know that this is such a common thing And her descriptions of the way the systems kept her down by limiting income, etc, are so hard to read.I am frustrated with myself for initially judging her for not going to a food back or begging friends for help too this causes so much shame for people, and I understand how she didn t feel like she was bad enough off for this type of support AND, I m horrified that I had a brief thought that if she just would have stayed with one of the men she was with she wouldn t have had so many housing issues I m only saying this because these thoughts are not at all uncommon and are totally 100% exposing my economic privilege and some other things I m not proud of If you feel these too, well, you re just like me Call yourself out on it.Lands admits to her own white privilege in the book, and I loved how she called herself out on her economic privilege in her youth she admits that it gave her hope in situations where people who never had had those advantages may have never been able to imagine rising out of her spiral As for the book itself, I rated it 3.5 because there were parts that I felt were disjointed and the ending wrapped up way faster than I wanted it to There were also some parts that felt thrown in rather than a true part of the narrative For the person on GR who asked, Why do we need this book She s one of a million other women just like her We need this book because the other million women haven t written a book We as a society need to read stories to build understanding and empathy Is this a perfect book No Did I learn from it Yes Did I learn something about my own prejudices Yes I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes memoirs flag 13 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 litaryitt rated it really liked it Shelves memoirs, nonfiction, arc, 2019 current month This well written memoir is a prime example as to why I love the genre Reading about other people s experiences helps us to better understand and empathize Stephanie Land placed her college plans on hold as she unexpectedly became pregnant a single mom with little support, living in poverty She struggled daily to provide for herself and her daughter working as a house cleaner and landscaper, filling the gaps with government assistance She s a fighter and survivor and her story is one worth This well written memoir is a prime example as to why I love the genre Reading about other people s experiences helps us to better understand and empathize Stephanie Land placed her college plans on hold as she unexpectedly became pregnant a single mom with little support, living in poverty She struggled daily to provide for herself and her daughter working as a house cleaner and landscaper, filling the gaps with government assistance She s a fighter and survivor and her story is one worth reading Thank you, NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review this book flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Rae rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, arc, bt e book, nonfiction Maid by Stephanie Land provides a startling look into what it s like to be a hard working single mom on minimum wage Maid was an absolutely wonderful read I connected with this book on so many different levels My parents didn t have a lot of money growing up, and I remember the days when my parents had to use food stamps just to buy the basics for us to eat They were embarrassed They hated it But they had no choice Stephanie Land s memoir dives deep into this world, and honestly, it was a Maid by Stephanie Land provides a startling look into what it s like to be a hard working single mom on minimum wage Maid was an absolutely wonderful read I connected with this book on so many different levels My parents didn t have a lot of money growing up, and I remember the days when my parents had to use food stamps just to buy the basics for us to eat They were embarrassed They hated it But they had no choice Stephanie Land s memoir dives deep into this world, and honestly, it was a breath of fresh air in its grit and unapologetic rawness.During the span of the memoir, Stephanie goes through a rough period of time All but abandoned by her family and abused by her daughter s father, she finds herself in a homeless shelter Scrambling to make ends meet, she desperately seeks employment In a time when jobs are scarce, she s hired on as a maid The work is tough on her body, but she finds that she s good at it She works hard, but no matter how hard she works, there s never enough money While trying to keep herself afloat, she also has her daughter to take care of Can you imagine living in a homeless shelter as a single mother With no aid or support system Stephanie rises above incredible odds, burning the candle from both ends as she works to put food on the table and pursue her dreams of becoming a writer.What I like about Stephanie s story is that her story belongs to a lot of people It s just not the story we usually hear about It s not flashy or showy There s no grandstanding or big dramatic moments It s the story of one person trying to survive, to make the most of the situation she s found herself in If you think poor people just aren t trying hard enough, are lazy, or don t want to hold a job, read this book immediately Stigmas and stereotypes suck Maid is a real eye opener This is reality Have I convinced you to read this book Read this book Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 La La Everyones Crazy Aunt marked it as arc and review tbr review of another edition Shelves biography memoirs, diverse or issue related, on my kindle, review arcs netgalley I am so happy I got approved for this on Netgalley because there sure are some whiney pissed off middle class white privileged ladies with their panties all in a bunch below in the reviews all buzzing like bees because this author was feeling sorry for herself sometimes in her story Imagine that being a single poor and homeless mother having to slave cleaning other people s messes, and feeling sorry for yourself How dare she The suburban pumpkin spice Feminists need to get their heads out I am so happy I got approved for this on Netgalley because there sure are some whiney pissed off middle class white privileged ladies with their panties all in a bunch below in the reviews all buzzing like bees because this author was feeling sorry for herself sometimes in her story Imagine that being a single poor and homeless mother having to slave cleaning other people s messes, and feeling sorry for yourself How dare she The suburban pumpkin spice Feminists need to get their heads out of their own asses flag 8 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 19, 2018 Kenzee rated it it was ok Shelves first reads I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway I really thought I was going to like this book As someone who was raised by a bad a single mother, who fought her way up in the world, I thought I would really relate to this story It didn t happen.Despite the seriousness of the topic I just couldn t muster up much sympathy for her Which seems insane How could I not feel for her Here s why Living with illness or pain was part of my daily life But why did my clients have these problems It seeme I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway I really thought I was going to like this book As someone who was raised by a bad a single mother, who fought her way up in the world, I thought I would really relate to this story It didn t happen.Despite the seriousness of the topic I just couldn t muster up much sympathy for her Which seems insane How could I not feel for her Here s why Living with illness or pain was part of my daily life But why did my clients have these problems It seemed like access to healthy foods, gym memberships, doctors and all of that would keep a person fit and well Maybe the stress of keeping up a two story house, a bad marriage, and maintaining the illusion of grandeur overwhelmed their systems in similar ways to how poverty did mine Seriously What kind of immature BS is this It s one thing to lament your own misfortune Heck, even be bitter about it Lady Luck can be a real B But it s another matter entirely to imply other s don t deserve good lives because you don t have one Especially because it s extremely clear that many of her misfortunes are a result of her own choices yet she constantly blames everyone but herself for her problems Oh, and her snooping and wearing of other people s clothing thanks for making it even hard for maids to garner any respect.That said, she really did get the short end of the stick when it comes to family Her father and mother were both horrifyingly bad people I couldn t believe how insanely selfish her parents were Her father tells everyone she lies about being abused WHAT And then her mother Good God her mother and her fake accent and her choice to choose her boyfriend over her own kids Speaking of, where was the author s brother during all this That was the only time where I truly felt her pain It was real it was vulnerable I hope she cuts them out of her life She doesn t need that kind of negativity dragging her down and neither does her daughter flag 8 likesLike see review La La Everyones Crazy Aunt When it comes to the illness and pain situation her point is valid I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and I have been an upper middle class child teen When it comes to the illness and pain situation her point is valid I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and I have been an upper middle class child teen college student with it, a middle class stay at home mom in my 30 s, and a dirt poor working single mother in my 40s with it and when you have to work you can t take days off to rest and ice, your insurance doesn t cover massage and deep heat treaments, and if you need heavy pain meds you can t get them because on Medicaid they think you re a druggy It IS much easier to be sick with money Jan 22, 2019 08 41AM Monica I didn t take her assumptions of the lives of the people s homes you lived the way you did I thought she was realizing that money doesn t make you ha I didn t take her assumptions of the lives of the people s homes you lived the way you did I thought she was realizing that money doesn t make you happy, and that having monetary items doesn t mean you have love Jan 30, 2019 01 18PM Oct 08, 2018 Kasa Cotugno rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, genre biography memoir, subj sociology, loc usa pacific nw Stephanie Land admits she s made mistakes, but the one constant she s had for the past ten years her unwavering love for her daughter, Mia Upon discovering she is pregnant, she discards her dream of moving to Missoula Montana and pursuing a degree as a writer The following five years, well documented here, find her moving from various homes without much help from a family ill equipped to provide any, and despite a history of scoliosis, working as a house cleaner, which requires diligen Stephanie Land admits she s made mistakes, but the one constant she s had for the past ten years her unwavering love for her daughter, Mia Upon discovering she is pregnant, she discards her dream of moving to Missoula Montana and pursuing a degree as a writer The following five years, well documented here, find her moving from various homes without much help from a family ill equipped to provide any, and despite a history of scoliosis, working as a house cleaner, which requires diligence and inflicts stress on the body if it s to be done right And that is where the reader can t help but admire Stephanie her determination to perform her job correctly, to raise her child virtually alone, and to continue taking classes while pursuing her undying dream of becoming a writer With limited resources and stretching each penny until it screams, she manages to fill her hours with her daughter with ingenuity, providing her a home and somewhat of a normal life But the main purpose of this book is to provide a look on the inside of the efforts to receive government assistance, the humiliations she endured, the judgmental attitudes even of those fortunate in grocery stores who would look down on her for paying using food stamps, indicating that it was through their taxes that she was able to do so The people lucky enough to remain outside the system, or on the outskirts of it, didn t see how difficult those resources were to obtain They didn t see how desperately we needed them, despite the hoops they made us jump through Parts read almost like a novel, but it is impossible to come away without admiring her grit and determination When she lists her responsibilities she faces on a daily basis, she does so without an ounce of self pity or request for assistance flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 14, 2018 Marianne Kaplan rated it it was ok Rarely do I not finish a book This is one of them Could not relate to the author nor to her story Have read many tales of people down on their luck trying to make it back, and I had compassion in each instance In this book, I did not feel particularly compassionate about the author or her story, sorry to say flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 21, 2019 Bettie rated it liked it Recommends it for BBC listeners Shelves winter 20182019, autobiography memoir, class war, cruelty disguised as law, decline disintergration degradation, filthy lucre, fradio, gruelling, gulp, pecuniarilly challenged Lanna Joffrey reads Stephanie Land s hard hitting account of living on minimum wages in present day America.Struggling to support her young daughter as a single parent, Stephanie finds work as a cleaner in the US tourist resort of Port Townsend, Washington State Her memoir tells the story of this new life, scrubbing bathrooms, scraping food off the ceiling of trailers, and becoming an invisible ghost in the houses she cleans I became fascina Lanna Joffrey reads Stephanie Land s hard hitting account of living on minimum wages in present day America.Struggling to support her young daughter as a single parent, Stephanie finds work as a cleaner in the US tourist resort of Port Townsend, Washington State Her memoir tells the story of this new life, scrubbing bathrooms, scraping food off the ceiling of trailers, and becoming an invisible ghost in the houses she cleans I became fascinated by the things hidden in the dark corners of the houses I cleaned The snooping was like uncovering clues, finding evidence of the secret lives of people who seemed like they had it all I began to pay attention to the items that cluttered their kitchen counters the receipts for rugs that were as expensive as my car, the bill for the dry cleaner that could replace half my wardrobe Most of my clients worked long hours, away from the homes they fought so hard to pay for They worked to pay me just above the minimum wage, to keep it all spotless, in place, acceptable Over five episodes, we hear about the relationships she forms with her clients, including the moving story of her friendship with Wendy, a woman who is dying of cancer and who hires Stephanie to help her parcel up her possessions and set her whole house in order Even when Stephanie doesn t meet her clients, she vividly imagines their lives.She begins to give the different houses nick names the Cigarette House , the Porn House Through it all, she is sustained by her love for her daughter Mia, and her determination to keep food on the table And, in the end, her ambition to become a writer provides an escape.Written by Stephanie LandRead by Lanna Joffrey flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Laura rated it liked it Recommended to Laura by Bettie Shelves audio books, autobiography, british literature, memoir biography, non fiction, read 2019 From BBC Radio 4 Book of the week Lanna Joffrey reads Stephanie Land s hard hitting account of living on minimum wages in present day America.Struggling to support her young daughter as a single parent, Stephanie finds work as a cleaner in the US tourist resort of Port Townsend, Washington State Her memoir tells the story of this new life, scrubbing bathrooms, scraping food off the ceiling of trailers, and becoming an invisible ghost in the houses she cleans I became fascinated by the things From BBC Radio 4 Book of the week Lanna Joffrey reads Stephanie Land s hard hitting account of living on minimum wages in present day America.Struggling to support her young daughter as a single parent, Stephanie finds work as a cleaner in the US tourist resort of Port Townsend, Washington State Her memoir tells the story of this new life, scrubbing bathrooms, scraping food off the ceiling of trailers, and becoming an invisible ghost in the houses she cleans I became fascinated by the things hidden in the dark corners of the houses I cleaned The snooping was like uncovering clues, finding evidence of the secret lives of people who seemed like they had it all I began to pay attention to the items that cluttered their kitchen counters the receipts for rugs that were as expensive as my car, the bill for the dry cleaner that could replace half my wardrobe Most of my clients worked long hours, away from the homes they fought so hard to pay for They worked to pay me just above the minimum wage, to keep it all spotless, in place, acceptable Over five episodes, we hear about the relationships she forms with her clients, including the moving story of her friendship with Wendy, a woman who is dying of cancer and who hires Stephanie to help her parcel up her possessions and set her whole house in order Even when Stephanie doesn t meet her clients, she vividly imagines their lives.She begins to give the different houses nick names the Cigarette House , the Porn House Through it all, she is sustained by her love for her daughter Mia, and her determination to keep food on the table And, in the end, her ambition to become a writer provides an escape.Written by Stephanie LandRead by Lanna JoffreyAbridged and produced by Elizabeth BurkeA Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 4https bbc programmes m000 flag 5 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Laura Thanks Bettie Jan 28, 2019 04 33AM Laura Thanks Gundula Feb 01, 2019 02 10AM Jan 19, 2019 Tara Vaglio rated it liked it Shelves netgalley Maid tells the story of Stephanie Land, along with her daughter, Mia, while she tries to navigate a life dictated by poverty Her story really shines a light on just how hard it is not only to live in poverty, but how it is close to impossible to get out I sympathized with her setbacks and the hoops she had to go through just to receive government assistance as a means to not be homeless Although I would have loved to have her go further than surface level on her relationships, the story was g Maid tells the story of Stephanie Land, along with her daughter, Mia, while she tries to navigate a life dictated by poverty Her story really shines a light on just how hard it is not only to live in poverty, but how it is close to impossible to get out I sympathized with her setbacks and the hoops she had to go through just to receive government assistance as a means to not be homeless Although I would have loved to have her go further than surface level on her relationships, the story was good overall Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 08, 2018 Jennifer rated it it was amazing This book hit home HARD Being poor is not a joke and Land doesn t trudge through her days she makes things work even when she s feeling broken These are not stories we as readers should luxuriate in thinking Glad that s not me but recognize ourselves within these shoes whether we ve experienced it or not and comprehend how very broken the U.S system especially is when it comes to providing relief to those in desperate need.The prose is straight forward, conversational and pulls no punches This book hit home HARD Being poor is not a joke and Land doesn t trudge through her days she makes things work even when she s feeling broken These are not stories we as readers should luxuriate in thinking Glad that s not me but recognize ourselves within these shoes whether we ve experienced it or not and comprehend how very broken the U.S system especially is when it comes to providing relief to those in desperate need.The prose is straight forward, conversational and pulls no punches no pun intended and the reality of her day to day is to offer insight as well as a real close look into the ongoing anxieties of her life It moves fast and I hope makes people think and act to see systems change as well as check ourselves for how we treat those utilizing public assistance flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 24, 2018 Tina Panik rated it liked it Shelves memoir, non fiction, women s studies, explains the world to me A solid addition to the modern cannon on poverty that includes 2 a day Shaefer Edin and Evicted Desmond Land juxtaposes the daily grind of poverty with amusing observations about her housework clients, making this painful journey palatable to even the most hesitant reader.There is, however, a bit of the eat, pray, love effect going on here, which the chronically poor will take issue with, as Lane s experience in poverty is of short duration This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Linda Hutchinson rated it it was ok This won t be popular but I found this book, Maid, supremely irritating The pitch was whiny, judgmental, and jealous This may come off as harsh but some life situations are made from bad choices Some from just bad luck But to begrudge anyone else a bit of happiness because your life is hard was just poor taste I admire Stephanie Land s work ethicbut, I didn t think her writing was strong and the details were repetitious There is a limit as to how many times I want to read an exhaustiv This won t be popular but I found this book, Maid, supremely irritating The pitch was whiny, judgmental, and jealous This may come off as harsh but some life situations are made from bad choices Some from just bad luck But to begrudge anyone else a bit of happiness because your life is hard was just poor taste I admire Stephanie Land s work ethicbut, I didn t think her writing was strong and the details were repetitious There is a limit as to how many times I want to read an exhaustive description about cleaning revolting toilets Finally, lest you think I m a total curmudgeon, I was raised by a mother who worked long hours while raising four children and taking care of her elderly parents Mom did not complain My Mom enrolled in college after we graduated high school and obtained her social work degree and used her personal experience to help disenfranchised women find new purpose in life I m glad Ms Land has found success in life as a writer and I hope it will brings her much happiness It s what I wish for all of us flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Lisamarie Landreth rated it liked it Shelves 2019, book of the month, memoir, non fiction Maid was my January 2019 Book of the Month selection I chose the title because I enjoyed the 2001 version Nickel Dimed, which I remember reading in my 9th grade Honors English class almost 20 years ago Stephanie Land is also Gary Vee s ghost writer, so I was interested to read her journey from housekeeping to ghostwriting If that s not the American Dream, I don t know what is, right Turns out, that s a different Stephanie Land.Though I picked up this book up under a flawed assumption, Maid was my January 2019 Book of the Month selection I chose the title because I enjoyed the 2001 version Nickel Dimed, which I remember reading in my 9th grade Honors English class almost 20 years ago Stephanie Land is also Gary Vee s ghost writer, so I was interested to read her journey from housekeeping to ghostwriting If that s not the American Dream, I don t know what is, right Turns out, that s a different Stephanie Land.Though I picked up this book up under a flawed assumption, I m glad I did Reading Stephanie s journey out of generations deep systemic poverty was compelling, humbling, and motivating all at once I found myself skipping pilates for a week straight to spend another early morning hour reading while listening to the rain Her story made me deliriously grateful for the life I lead and the work I m privileged to do each day I also underlined quite a few quotes and implemented her 10 minute writing exercise in my morning routine Stephanie brought me back to writing after a years long hiatus and that takeaway alone was worth the read flag 4 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Book of The Month Maid 2 24 Jan 14, 2019 05 21PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Stephanie Land is the author of MAID Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother s Will to Survive Her work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Guardian Vox, Salon, and many other outlets She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project She lives in Missoula, Montana, with her two daughters Follow on Instagram and Twitter stepville Trivia About Maid Hard Work, No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 446, 678, 394, 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        Stephanie Land is the author of MAID Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother s Will to Survive Her work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Guardian Vox, Salon, and many other outlets She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project She lives in Misso Stephanie Land is the author of MAID Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother s Will to Survive Her work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Guardian Vox, Salon, and many other outlets She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project She lives in Missoula, Montana, with her two daughters Follow on Instagram and Twitter stepville


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    1. This book is going to garner a range of reactions when it s published 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 When she writes about her circumstances, Land s prose is vivid and engaging Her Thi [...]


    2. Stephanie Land didn t experience the best start in life, well not when it comes down to the most important thing for a child love Neither parent seemed to have much of it to give, in fact they present themselves as extremely selfish individuals Stephanie finds herself pregnant and in an abusive relationship, which should herald the end of her dreams of going to college, but this is one thing that she will try desperately to hang onto.We accompany Stephanie and her daughter Mia, as they attem Ste [...]


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    4. Wish I could have climbed into these pages and given this young woman a hug Nineteen pregnant, she leaves an abusive relationship When her daughter is born she is a single mother with few resources and very little support This is a honest, down to earth, telling of her story trying to manuver through a system that is stacked against her She is a hard worker and takes the only job she can get, while still taking care of her daughter, and taking online classes in a effort to provide for a bett Wis [...]


    5. 3 starsMaid has an important message and I have a lot of respect and sympathy for Stephanie Land, but I didn t love reading her book In her late 20s, Land found herself coming out of an abusive relationship as the single mother of a toddler She had very few financial options, so she took what help she could from government assistance and started working as a maid Her book is a memoir of the three or four years she struggled to support herself and her daughter before finding a way to get into 3 s [...]


    6. Maid Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother s Will to SurviveStephanie Land didn t have it easy She was a single mom who worked hard cleaning other people s houses, working in their yards, doing whatever she had to in order to feed herself and her daughter, Mia This was after she found herself homeless when the father of her daughter kicked them out It s not like she felt she could ask her folks for help, no way She found that government help for housing wasn t easy to stomach, left them with no Maid [...]


    7. Poverty was like a stagnant pool of mud that pulled at our feet and refused to let go from Maid by Stephanie LandI ll be brutally honest, and you can unfollow me if you want, I don t care, but ever since Presidents Roosevelt and Johnson created social programs to help the poor there have been politicians determined to slash, limit, and end them And one of their methods is to vilify the poor as blood sucking, lazy, ignorant, self entitled criminals who live off the hard earned tax dollars Poverty [...]


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