Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother's will to survive / Stephanie Land ; foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich
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First edition.
Description
xiv, 270 pages ; 24 cm
Contents
PART ONE
1. The Cabin
2. The Camper
3. Transitional Housing
4. The Fairgrounds Apartment
5. Seven Different Kinds of Government Assistance
6. The Farm
7. The Last Job on Earth
8. The Porn House
9. The Move-Out Clean
10. Henry's House
PART TWO
11. The Studio
12. Minimalist
13. Wendy's House
14. The Plant House
15. The Chef's House
16. Donna's House
17. In Three Years
18. The Sad House
19. Lori's House
20. "I Don't Know How You Do It"
21. The Clown House
22. Still Life with Mia
PART THREE
23. Do Better
24. The Bay House
25. The Hardest Worker
26. The Hoarder House
27. We're Home
Summary
At 28, Stephanie Land's dreams -- breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest, 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, working days and taking college classes online. She also 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. Her memoir 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.
18.00 SOC SCI (99-SSC-9)
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Ehrenreich, Barbara, writer of foreword.
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