“Mia figlia ha imparato a camminare in un rifugio per senzatetto.” Così inizia questo memoir su cosa significhi essere poveri oggi in America. “Dieci anni fa scappai da una relazione abusiva e mi trasferii con mia figlia, all’epoca una bimba di 9 mesi, in un rifugio per senza tetto. Avevo 200 dollari in tasca e circa la stessa cifra in buoni spesa, e una famiglia che non poteva aiutarmi. Non solo, ero nel mezzo di una causa feroce per la custodia di mia figlia. Alla fine trovai lavoro come donna di servizio. Ho lavorato da malata e ho portato mia figlia ammalata all’asilo, anche quando avrei dovuto tenerla a casa. Non c’era malattia retribuita, non c’erano vacanze pagate, nessuna prospettiva di aumenti, e tuttavia ogni giorno imploravo che mi facessero lavorare. L’efficienza dell’automobile era vitale, anche una gomma bucata poteva distruggerci, e rimandarci barcollando di nuovo ai rifugio per senza tetto. Vivevamo, sopravvivevamo, in questo precario stato di non equilibrio. Questa è stata la mia esistenza nascosta mentre pulivo quella degli altri perché la loro apparisse perfetta.”
- ISBN: 8833210227
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 336
This book is going to garner a range of reactions when its published. 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 mire... Leggi tutto
Hooooooooo boy was this one frustrating. I almost gave up multiple times because it made me so angry, but let's just start at the beginning. I got this from Book of the Month. On their description it wasn't exactly clear that this was a nonfiction read (they may have changed it since). So I had V... Leggi tutto
I WORK 25 HOURS A WEEK AS A PROFESSIONAL CLEANER, BUT ITS NOT ENOUGH TO PAY THE BILLS. (Page 131) Going into this book, I so badly wanted to come out rooting for Stephanie Land, but I keep coming back to that quote above and cannot wrap my head around what should be surprising about her story. As... Leggi tutto
Stephanie Land didnt experience the best start in life, well not when it comes down to the most important thing for a child - love. Neither parent seemed to have much of it to give, in fact they present themselves as extremely selfish individuals. Stephanie finds herself pregnant and in an abusiv... Leggi tutto
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST MEMOIR & AUTOBIOGRAPHY 2019! what will happen? ********************************************** fulfilling book riot's 2018 read harder challenge task #14: A book of social science this one might be more memoir than social science, but it's ehren...
As a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years experience working with the marginalized populations, I was predisposed to like this book, and be sympathetic toward the protagonist. However I was surprised to find as I read this book, what little empathy I had for her. She does not come a... Leggi tutto
Wish I could have climbed into these pages and given this young woman a hug! Nineteen pregnant, she leaves an abusive relationship. When her daughter is born she is a single mother with few resources and very little support. This is a honest, down to earth, telling of her story trying to manuver...
This wont be popular but I found this book, Maid, supremely irritating. The pitch was whiny, judgmental, and jealous. This may come off as harsh but some life situations are made from bad choices. Some from just bad luck. But to begrudge anyone else a bit of happiness because your life is hard wa... Leggi tutto
This book is TERRIBLE. I cannot understand why it's being compared to Nickeled and Dimed or Evicted, both of which are well written, researched and coherent. But this? Its nothing but a 200+ page Go-Fund-Me rant. The writing is also very poor, alternating between pretentious and sloppy ("off of"...
Maid is Stephanie Land's memoir of her arduous and often back-breaking journey to claw herself out of poverty and to find a place of belonging and financial stability for her and her young daughter. It details her desperation to take on any menial jobs available to make ends meet while being a si... Leggi tutto
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