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The B&N Podcast

Feb 20, 2019

"I'd become a nameless ghost."  Today on the B&N Podcast, our guest is Stephanie Land, the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive.  In this riveting debut, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection for Spring 2019, Land chronicles her journey across the invisible line that separates "middle class" from "working poor" in America; the world of exhaustion, neglect and invisibility experienced on the other side; and how she nurtured her own dreams for her writing and for her daughter as she navigated a world of uncertain employment, byzantine bureaucracy, and the constant threat of the wolf at the door.  The result is an electric read that stands next to Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed and Matthew Desmond's Evicted with its deeply personal view of the everyday struggles of millions.  In this episode, Stephanie Land talks with Miwa Messer about how she turned her experience into this poignant true story.