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Memoir

Maid

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Stephanie Land, on your first novel!

by Stephanie Land

Quick take

An eye-opening memoir about poverty, parenthood, and picking up after the wealthy.

Good to know

  • Emotional

  • Feminist

  • Social Issues

  • Family Drama

Why it’s worth it

Cleaning 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 vu...

Overview

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 thriv...

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