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

Book - 2019 | First edition
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A journalist describes the years she worked in low-paying domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.
Publisher: New York :, Hachette Books,, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316454506
Branch Call Number: 331.48164092 LAN
Additional Contributors: Ehrenreich, Barbara


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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.

Jan 09, 2020

An eye opening look at poverty and struggling to survive with pride and without family to help. Many families in America find themselves in this situation. A good look at government programs and assistance out there for individuals.

Dec 09, 2019

Depressing and frustrating read. The mother wallows in self pity and pride so much she fails to use the resources to help herself out. Too proud to go to Goodwill for clothing for herself and child (where many items are brand new with sales tags still on them) for under $5. She was too proud to even go to food banks that are available to supplement food stamps to help give herself and child better nourishment. She had her eyes so much on what she did NOT have that she was blinded to all the good blessings she did have. However, she was a hard worker and evidently did an excellent job by her customers. She had good people in her life who could have filled her loneliness if she had made a tiny effort. When she finally got smart enough to move out of a moldy place, she left it better off than when she found it. However, to do another move in a favor, the place should have been reported about the mold. It is a miracle the child did not have permanent health issues from it. I just got tried of all the whining and poor me attitude.

Oct 03, 2019

Fantastic read, and incredibly well written. Ms. Land has a gift and tells the struggle of many young adults in North America. It's a great book about compassion, empathy, financial literacy, economics, education, and parenting your children and parents in your thirties. It's a beautiful story, and I took off a star because the details were missing. Explaining Stephanie's tattoos, her maternal relationship with her college-educated (Master's) Mother, and the end. The end of the story missed the initial and middle pace, finishing the story off too quickly.

Sep 18, 2019

I wanted to like this book and feel compassion for Stephanie Land. Yet... I just didn't.

I do believe she struggled and that it wasn't easy, especially when she got out of an abusive relationship with no support system to lean on for help. But as I was reading it, I felt like she was complaining about things that everyone pretty much deals with in life : sore and tired from working, not happy with her job, car repairs, other financial set backs...etc.

ArapahoeMarcia Sep 06, 2019

A heart-wrenching, eye-opening memoir of a mother's struggle through and beyond homelessness. Her insights into how others perceived her life and need for assistance was unforgettable. Highly recommended.

Aug 25, 2019

Part of former US President, Barack Obama's summer reading list for 2019.

Aug 24, 2019

This was a book that I could not put down. The author tells her story of her modern-day Herculean labors--cleaning one Augean stable after another to keep just one small child housed and fed--while Mom often lives on adrenaline and coffee. And she can definitely write. Stephanie Land will probably be writing more books in the future, which I definitely intend to read.

Aug 10, 2019

I was really disappointed in this book. The language was nasty at times and unnecessary in my opinion. It was quite repetitive and a boring read.

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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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