Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother's will to survive

Published 2020
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At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unplanned pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told: the stories of overworked and underpaid Americans. Of living on food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) coupons to eat. Of the government programs that provided her housing, but that doubled as halfway houses. The aloof government employees who called her lucky for receiving assistance while she didn't feel lucky at all. She wrote to remember the fight, to eventually cut through the deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor. Maid explores the secret underbelly of upper middle class Americans and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost," Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives - their sadness and love, too - she begins to find hope in her own path. Her compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to the "servant" worker, and those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line. Maid is Stephanie's story, but it's not hers alone. It is an inspiring testament of the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

9780316505093 (trade paperback)
First trade paperback edition.
xiv, 270 pages ; 24 cm
"Inspiration for the Netflix series"--Cover.
Originally published in hardcover: ©2019.
The cabin
The camper
Transitional housing
The fairgrounds apartment
Seven different kinds of government assistance
The farm
The last job on earth
The porn house
The move-out clean
Henry's house
The studio
Wendy's house
The plant house
The chef's house
Donna's house
In three years
The sad house
Lori's house
"I don't know how you do it"
The clown house
Still life with Mia
Do better
The bay house
The hardest worker
The hoarder house
We're home.
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