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Why I’m Doing This…

Several people have asked me what is my biggest dream for MAID. I have answered, in a somewhat joking manner, that I’d love to see Nancy Pelosi pause during a legislative session and say “Now, if you reach under your seat, you’ll find your very own copy of MAID!” Then, maybe she’d start dramatically waving her arms, saying “And YOU get a book! And YOU get a book!” while representatives clap and squeal. When I relayed this fantasy scene during an interview with the Center for American Progress’s podcast, I was assured this was possible, and I should definitely make it happen. Not necessarily books showing up under seats, but on the desks of all 535 state representatives across the nation. Thus, MAID2REPS was conceived.

But I knew I couldn’t just bulk-buy a bunch of books and send it to everyone. I needed people from their specific district to send one to them. This is where you come in, and why I need your help.

Why is this a dream I am trying to turn into reality? These are the lawmakers. They are the ones who decide how many millions of Americans will go without food, how many children will not receive breakfast or lunch at school, how many Americans with disabilities will go without healthcare. These lawmakers need a dose of empathy. If they’re going to be the ones making the decisions that rule 60 million Americans, they need to walk around in their shoes and gain a better understanding for what it’s like to live in poverty in America.

~Stephanie

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“A single mother’s personal, unflinching look at America’s class divide, a description of the tightrope many families walk just to get by, and a reminder of the dignity of all work.”

—President Barack Obama, MAID was included in Obama’s Favorite Books of 2019 and his 2019 Summer Reading List

“What this book does well is illuminate the struggles of poverty and single-motherhood, the unrelenting frustration of having no safety net, the ways in which our society is systemically designed to keep impoverished people mired in poverty, the indignity of poverty by way of unmovable bureaucracy, and people’s lousy attitudes toward poor people… Land’s prose is vivid and engaging… [A] tightly-focused, well-written memoir… an incredibly worthwhile read.”
Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger: A Memoir

Love MAID? Now you can send a copy to your congressional and senatorial representatives!

Help spread the story of the working poor in America and help change policies that affect them most.

“Bracing.”

The Atlantic

“An eye-opening journey into the lives of the working poor.”
People

“[Land’s] book has the needed quality of reversing the direction of the gaze. Some people who employ domestic labor will read her account. Will they see themselves in her descriptions of her clients? Will they offer their employees the meager respect Land fantasizes about? Land survived the hardship of her years as a maid, her body exhausted and her brain filled with bleak arithmetic, to offer her testimony. It’s worth listening to.”
New York Times Book Review

“Marry the evocative first person narrative of Educated with the kind of social criticism seen in Nickel and Dimed and you’ll get a sense of the remarkable book you hold in your hands. In Maid, Stephanie Land, a gifted storyteller with an eye for details you’ll never forget, exposes what it’s like to exist in America as a single mother, working herself sick cleaning our dirty toilets, one missed paycheck away from destitution. It’s a perspective we seldom see represented firsthand-and one we so desperately need right now. Timely, urgent, and unforgettable, this is memoir at its very best.”

Susannah Cahalan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Maid isn’t about how hard work can save you but about how false that idea is. It’s one woman’s story of inching out of the dirt and how the middle class turns a blind eye to the poverty lurking just a few rungs below — and it’s one worth reading.”

Washington Post


“My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.”

In the tradition of bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Evicted, Stephanie Land—a writing fellow for the Center for Community Change (CCC)—writes a compassionate, unflinching account of her years scraping by as a housekeeper to make ends meet. In Maid, we enter Stephanie Land’s world and that of domestic workers who are paid far less than their needs.

As a single mother, Stephanie scrubbed the toilets of the wealthy and lived in a dank studio with her daughter. Her journey is one of resilience and grit as she hops from home to home and survives on meager wages and public assistance. Maid is a deep dive into the gut-wrenching truth of both the secret underbelly of middle class America, and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. Barbara Ehrenreich writes, “Stephanie Land has something to teach us about both sides of the inequality divide. Neither is what you are expecting.”

Written in raw, masterful, heart-rending prose, Maid is the story of one woman’s tenacity to survive and break free of the grips of the system to give her child a better life. Stephanie Land’s work gives voice to the working poor. Her compassionate, unflinching writing is fueled by her own struggle as a low-income single mother who aspired to use her stories to expose the reality of pursuing the American Dream while being held under the poverty line.


Stephanie Land‘s work has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She lives in Missoula, Montana. To contact Stephanie regarding this campaign, or for other press or media inquiries, please visit the Contact page.