Book Club Discussion

Book Club Discussion
  • Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 PM

Maid by Stephanie Land © 2019
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

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