WORD Reads is our staff-voted book-of-the-month program. Each month of the year, we'll choose a different book that we love and share it with you, our customers.
Our February 2019 pick is Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land. Many of us know that single motherhood is difficult, but few of us who haven't experienced it stop to think about what it really means on a day-to-day basis. In Maid, Stephanie Land writes with heartbreaking detail about her struggle to provide for her daughter while pursuing her own dreams and maintaining her sense of self. Land doesn't attempt to act as the only voice of the working poor, but the intricacies she shares about her life shed a powerful light on how difficult life is for millions of oft-ignored Americans. She spends hours filling out reams of paperwork just to prove that she's poor enough to receive an insultingly small subsidy for food. She pulls over on the side of the highway to retrieve her daughter's favorite doll (purchased on clearance), only to end up weighing the choice between homelessness and a visit to the emergency room after another driver totals her car. Even in her darkest moments, though, Land finds flashes of joy and writes about them with an ease that leaps off the page. Maid can be a tough, sad read at times, but it's a necessary one.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREvicted 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.