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Hard Work, Low Pay, and A Mother's Will to Survive

Book - 2019
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Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2019
ISBN: 9780316505116
Characteristics: xiv, 270 pages ; 24 cm


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LPL_MaryW Jan 16, 2021

At the beginning of this book, Stephanie is the unemployed single mother of an infant living in a homeless shelter. By the end, she and her daughter, Mia, have found their true home at last. Separated from Mia’s father, Stephanie does all she can to keep her small family afloat. She works as a maid for $9.00 an hour while going to school full-time, determined to rise out of poverty. Against all odds, Stephanie has done the impossible. Now she’s sharing her story with this incredible book, Maid - a beautiful testament to a mother’s will, and an inspiration for all.

Dec 20, 2020

Maid by Stephanie Land opened my eyes to the levels of poverty in America. Many of the aspects of the story amazed me. But other revelations repulsed me such as the tattoos when money is so dear and the insistence of organic milk that is so much more expensive. Yes, Miss Land was trying to give her daughter the most nutritious meal, but sometimes that is too difficult. The dirtiness of the houses that she cleaned leaves wonderment that each week the same problems of cleaning exist. Yes, in America, there is still many opportunities to leave the gutter and find a better way of life. The levels of homelessness disturb me with the many regulations. And are we just creating a greater problem with all the federal and state agencies to aid people? What is the solution?

Nov 30, 2020

This book is very annoying. Stephanie Land makes some bad choices in her life. She is struggling as a single mom with little or no family support. She places most of the blame on the government programs that are helping her survive.

She leaves an abusive relationship and starts a hard journey to get an education while a single parent and on 7 government programs. No they are not perfect but without them she would never have gotten her degree. She talks alot about her customers whose houses she cleans. That is not an easy jobs and she points out some things I had never considered. But again the problem is not her job.

The fault is that she has no emotional support from family or friends. I thought back to my days of parenting small children. I would not have wanted to do it by myself. I had family, a husband, friends and a church for support. She mentions being a part of a church family as a child but never says why she is not part of one as a young mother. She feels looked down upon while on assistance and does not feel like she fits in. It is not until she moves to Montana and finds "her kind of people" that she achieves a degree of happiness.

There is so much more here than she wants the reader to see.

Oct 27, 2020

This is the story of a mother, who did whatever it took, to keep a roof over her and her daughter's head and food on the table. It makes you think- about what programs the government has in place to help single mothers and whether they could be improved upon. I found myself cheering Stephanie on!

Apr 20, 2020

Theresa L

Mar 15, 2020

I don't know if I could have endured this woman's journey. It illustrated the cycle of abuse, if you are not taught that you are loved and worthy as a child then you will be more likely to accept relationships that will end up in domestic violence.
The welfare system does not offer a hand up, it is too bureaucratic and cuts off people's benefits just as they start to make any success, I worked as a case manager in the Aid to Dependent Children County department in the 70's and apparently it has not changed.
Often the justice system helps men abuse women via their children.
Minimum wage and high rental costs just don't work to keep people from being homeless, it is getting worse and worse.
I am glad she made a leap of faith and is a successful writer, this is a great book. Also, read "Evicted" and "Nickled and Dimed" if you want to know more on these subjects.

ReadingAdviser_Lori Mar 02, 2020

Land writes a gritty account of her life as a single mother. She works as a maid while trying to make a better life for herself and her daughter.

This book isn't about maids, or the kind of maid I would call a maid. A maid to me is black uniform, and white apron sort of thing. This book is about cleaning houses for a living to get out of financial dire straights. Land, the author, describes what it was like raising her daughter while struggling to stay in school and keep a roof over their head. There's the typical scenarios, that didn't surprise me, about the broken down family court system, abusive relationship, child support and custody. I liked the book; there was enough to keep me interested. It's much along the lines of Evicted, or Hillbilly Elegy. If your interested in one more story about someone struggling to get out from under the poverty line and how our welfare system works, this is one more persons story about it.

Jan 18, 2020

We are certainly given a true picture of what living a life of a cleaning woman, and being a single Mom involves and this author deserves praise for her endurance and will to succeed. What spoke to me was of this woman's everlasting love for her Daughter which in the darkest of days kept her motivated to go on and endure all the mess in her life. She did it for her child and her attitude is what got her through. My problem was getting into the darkness of the book, in other words, the depressing details. I wanted to let the story go because I felt that it was going to go on to the last sentence with the never letting up saga of care less people in this girl's life and how it seemed no one saw her despair. I questioned my disregard for those people struggling in our own community with low wages, or no job at all and on a single income. In other words, could I walk a mile in their shoes? A worthwhile read and a happy ending.

Jan 13, 2020

Interesting read. She worked hard and adored her little daughter. Frustrated with her lack of action on moldy accommodation and how long it took her to get going. I admired her resolution on her education. I can see how single moms can get caught in the poverty cycle. May not have agreed on all her decisions but she did good. A good behind the scenes look at a struggling working class on minimum wage.

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Nov 30, 2020

"I know I'd go to bed with him. The tiramisu was that good."

cals_readers Feb 12, 2019

Poverty was like a stagnant pond of mud that pulled at our feet and refused to let go.

cals_readers Feb 12, 2019

If I started crying every time something hard or horrible happened, well, I'd just be crying all the time.

cals_readers Feb 10, 2019

Reassurance of self-love was all I had.


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