Maid by Stephanie Land (Review)

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

By Land, Stephanie

Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich



$27.00 Hardcover

Hachette Books

270 Pages

You may have social media friends who rely on each other for emergency childcare or other support when their families suffer hardships.  Even if you’re not in a particular inner circle, you may see posts on Facebook by friends who thank their siblings, parents or others for stepping up to the plate during a crisis.

Stephanie Land, author of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, rarely had any human safety net when her first born child was young.  While single and working as a professional housecleaner, she qualified for some government benefits, and heard snide remarks from strangers when she used her EBT card at the grocery store.

Ms. Land is now a successful writer, and her life in general is much different from the way it was roughly ten years ago, when she and her daughter, Mia, were suffering the hardships described in this book.

If you read this book, please take into consideration that not every single parent doing backbreaking work and earning a substandard wage has potential for pulling things together the way the author did.

I won’t say anything else.  Just read this book.


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