Maid - Stephanie Land & Barbara Ehrenreich


By Stephanie Land & Barbara Ehrenreich

  • Release Date - Published: 2019-01-22
  • Book Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Author: Stephanie Land & Barbara Ehrenreich
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4 Score: 4 (From 389 Ratings)

Maid Stephanie Land & Barbara Ehrenreich read online review & book description:


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.

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 unexpected 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 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 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 her alone. It is an inspiring testament to the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

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Posted Reviews

  • Lots of whining

    By Gabrielle Giglietti
    I realize the extreme hardship the author went through, and I do empathize with her. However, the entire book basically boils down to her repeating over and over again the things she cannot afford. This should be talked about, of course, but it is on every page. She goes on about how much pain she is in from being a maid and the hard physical labor it is and that she has no health insurance. I wonder why she did not get an office position making minimum wage (which is what she made cleaning) and try to work her way up. There are many unanswered questions in the book. All that being said, her family situation is quite sad, she has no support and no one who can help her with child care or financially, not even her parents. She does write about the people whose houses she clean, which is interesting in a voyeuristic kind of way. But other all it is a tiring and tedious read.
  • Honesty

    By brennansgranmom
    The author writes with the authority and honesty Of living life the best she can and doing it with very little help. The saddest part is that some in this country doubt the amount of work and commitment that goes into such a life.
  • Maid well!

    By RyahWood
    Excellent book! Thought-provoking while really interesting to read. The author does a great job showing (not just telling) you about her journey! While I’ve always been a neat freak, I’m going to be even more mindful of the condition I leave a motel room in! The author has definitely increased my awareness of the difficulties many women face when faced with limited options for supporting themselves and others. Thank you.
  • Whiny self-indulgent waste of money

    By Jwcs2115
    Unapologetically narrates one irresponsible life choice after another. An insult to the working poor truly trying to do their best.
  • Great read, inspiring story

    I couldn’t put it down. This young mother was trying her best with what she was dealt and her gift of writing has brought us along for the ride. Been there as a single mother also. None of this is easy. No choice is easy.
  • Ms

    By Mels1214
    While I really wanted to like this book I found it to ramble way too much. Much of it was overly descriptive to the point I found myself skimming. It did generate in me more empathy for those who need to utilize government assistance out of genuine need. Unfortunately we see way too much of the abuses of the system where I reside. The ending fell very flat. I was hoping for so much more from this book.
  • Much better options to root for...

    By jeleigh22
    I love to cheer for someone that faces adversity and rises above, especially someone that’s faced a life that’s all too familiar. Unfortunately, this person is NOT Stephanie Land. I cannot tell you the number of times “I didn’t have a choice” is written in this book when clearly she did. I hope Ms. Land turns the critical eye she administered to others (soccer moms, single moms, elderly people, the Chef, etc) inward and gets to work taking responsibility for what she did with her middle class upbringing that took her down the path she chose. She could also gain perspective should she choose to bail on her self-imposed pity party and engage with those that are working hard for a better life. The only one I felt for was Mia... poor thing.
  • Maid

    By blissfulherbs
    A well needed read. Thank you for writing it!
  • Not impressed

    By Been single mom too
    I got tired of the author complaining about almost everything and everyone. She complains about not eating but then when she gets extra money she spends it on an on line dating website. The next time, she goes on a 5-day vacation and leaves her daughter with her abusive ex who she knew was leaving her young daughter with some random guys. Seems she keeps making the same mistakes getting into abusive relationships.
  • Loved

    By Fhdhuhhj
    As real as it gets. You feel as if you are walking a mile in her shoes. Highly recommend.

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